Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pastel Chandelier Earrings: The Mystery Revealed!

Today I'm about to reveal The Mystery Thing!  In my last post, I showed off some cute and colorful chandelier earrings, made with a secret ingredient.

So many excellent guesses!  The consensus was wire insulation, with birthday candles running a pretty close second.  Also straws.

Nope, nope and nope!  Here's the reveal...



Q-tips.  Plastic.  Dollar store.  Many colors.  Whee!

I repeat: whee!!!!

The DIY is super-duper easy.  Just snip 'em into little segments:

String them onto headpins or eyepins, along with some complementary beads and spacers.

Add chandelier findings and/or earwires and you're done!

I hope everybody goes scavenging for colored Q-tips!  Even if you don't make jewelry, wouldn't they be cute in a little glass container in your bathroom?  The colors - so yummy!

Thanks for playing, my fabulous crafty readers!



  1. WOW great creativity, I had no idea what they were!

  2. Hilarious! 1. the LOL story.. 2. being random winner! I was so convinced you used wire insulation!! Thanks Michelle, this is such a fun idea!

  3. The Lolly one made me smile ^^

    And I have to get some Q-Tips...!

  4. I'm just chortling away here...Q TIPS?!?!?! You are delightfully twisted.

  5. They look fabulous, and your picture-tutorial is indeed enough to 'get it'. LOL. *

    Thank you for contributing these lovelies to the DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL LINKY PARTY on our blog.

    For other readers, the party will stay open all week, till next Wednesday, when a new party will open. Yes, you can find the party at the home page.

    (*Your mom: good that she reads your blog, !!!)

  6. I really did think they were "real" beads! I guess it paid off! (:

  7. Those are SO STINKIN' CUTE!! I would have never known those are are the center parts of a Q-tip! Love them!
    Thanks for linking them up!

  8. OMG, how did I miss this post? Unbelievable! You made an ear wax cleaner outer look gorgeous!

  9. NOW I have officially seen it all. And here's me thinking Q- tips are only good to poke around in your ears with and have handy as toys for a particularly deranged cat...

  10. Love the LOL story.

    I would never have thought that the q-tips would be hollow but it makes perfect sense. I bet you could make some awesome ornaments with them too.

  11. What a softie you are!! ;-) Doesn't it suck to be all "bad cop" on the blog?? I had to do it once and someone got their feathers *all* aflutter. Kinda foolish, really. Well, lady you're at it your creative genius....I never EVER would have guessed q-tips. But, I'll have to check them out when I go to the $$ store tomorrow....I'm on the look out for fancy paper doilies. Why, you ask?? You'll find out in a day or so. ;-)

  12. See, now you have us thinking...we'll have to look around closely near the Qtips to see what you'll find next to use in your creativity. Of course, it doesn't have to be colorful, now does it??? You keep us on our toes!

    Thanks for liking my comment! cool to be picked as a winner.

    Anne in NC

  13. Q-tips!! Amazing!! But you know, I am feeling pretty clever. The girls and I made something quite cool today. Hopefully, I can get photos and can post it on Monday!!

  14. Ok - NEVER would have guessed that in a million years! Fantastic!! What will you come up with next!!??

  15. I think my neighbor's name is Lolly. She puts LOL on everything, even when it really has no place! I love these earrings! I can't believe that you used Q-Tips! These will be this week's feature on Sunday Art Therapy at Seeds on a Breeze.

  16. definetly neat...I have done loads of things with these ear buds...but earrings...why didnt I think of them before...?????? will do em right away :D

  17. Now you can make your own bugle beads whenever necessary. Cool!!

  18. I am gonna make some in purple (my fave color) and brass....You should make a Flicker account or even a page on this to showcase "Mich L in LA" inspired jewelry.