I have such a treat for you all today! A fantastic guest post by the equally fantastic Lauren at The Thinking Closet. Make sure you check out her site, and leave plenty of time, because you’ll get lost for hours looking at her great ideas!
Greetings Darling Doodles readers! My name is Lauren, and I’m thrilled to guest post here today. I blog over at The Thinking Closet where share all things crafty and d.i.y…and yes, I even include the craft fails! (Gotta keep it real.)
Brie and I had the pleasure of “meeting” this past spring when she so kindly allowed me to feature not one, but two of her amazing posts in my round-up of Practical Gift Ideas for Moving & Housewarming. It has ended up being one of my most popular posts to date, so you should definitely check it out and see which Darling Doodles gems are in the mix.
Now, we’re all busy people with places to go and things to do. Maybe some of you have little munchkins running around your ankles or maybe you work long hours with barely a moment to catch your breath. Often, when we don’t have much margin in our lives, we relegate our creative endeavors to the back-burner when in reality, the thing we probably need most is to get lost in a good craft project. Nothing relieves my stress more! It takes me back to my childhood, cutting up wallpaper books in the original Thinking Closet without a care in the world.
Well, I have news for you, friends: crafting doesn’t need to take all day. In fact, I have a fun project to share with you all that only takes 10 minutes! Did you hear that? 10 minutes! (No lie.) And for you busy bees, it might be the best 10 minutes you spend all day.
Here it is:
Do you remember Perler beads? From craft time in Sunday School? Sumer camp? With your gum-chewing babysitter? This craft is a total throwback to the 80s, and why not? The 80s are baaaack! (Or maybe they never left.) Here’s the scoop on how to make these cutesy earrings in 10 minutes flat.
Perler Bead Earring Tutorial:
SUPPLIES: $6 total.
- $1.00: Perler bead set with pegboard, parchment paper, beads. Purchased at Dollar Tree
$3.99$2.40 (with 40% off coupon) Darice Silver-Plated Jump Rings from Jo-Ann’s $3.99$2.40 (with 40% off coupon) Darice Silver-Plated Ear Wire from Jo-Ann’s
- Needle-nose pliers
- Iron & ironing board
Step 1. Arrange the beads on your pegboard in a design that suits the eye! I was able to fit both of my earrings on the pegboard at the same time, which helped ensure I had enough beads to cover the set.
Step 2. Iron time! Lay down the piece of parchment atop your design, then with a hot dry iron, gently iron the beads. Because the parchment is semi-transparent, you can tell when the beads have fused together. It really only takes around 10 seconds with a circular motion of the iron. You want to make sure that you can still see the holes in the beads, so don’t go too crazy with fusing! If the parchment sticks to your design, allow it to cool a bit, then peel it away.
When you peel away the parchment, one side will look a bit melty, but the other side is pretty much unscathed. It’s up to you if you want to flip it over and repeat the ironing process on the back to make it more durable; I chose to leave it since I found the fused beads secure enough for ear-dangling.
Step 3. Use your pliers to attach your jewelry findings. First, attach a jump-ring through an opening at the top center of your bead design. If you stop here and add the hook, the earring will hang parallel to your neck instead of perpendicular to it. I prefer the look of the earrings a bit better when they’re perpendicular, so I added a second jump-ring to the first, and then the ear wire.
Annnnnnd in three easy steps and no more than 10 minutes, you’re done!
This project was so speedy, I even knocked out a few more sets of earrings with the rest of my Perler beads.
Oh yes. The 80s are most definitely back, and I dare say, they’re here to stay.
If I had this much fun making them as a 30-year-old, imagine how much fun they’d be as a craft activity at a girls’ birthday party or slumber party! Someone send me an invitation!
I hope you all are feeling a Dollar Store run coming on to pick up some Perler beads of your own. And while you’re there, you may want to nab some plastic toy animals because I have a Gold Animal Place-Card Holder Tutorial you’ll love. And grab some nail polish and bobby pins so you can make some Color-Blocked Bobby Pins, too!
A heartfelt thanks to Brie for having me over today for some crafty fun. And thanks to all of you for coming along for the ride! Please feel free to stop by The Thinking Closet anytime. The closet door is always open to new visitors!