Monday, August 6, 2012

School Supplies Jewelry!

Well, nearly back-to-school time.  Excited?  I am!  No, I'm not going back to school myself.  (Although I have two little nephews starting kindergarten and nursery school this year.)  I just love the whole aura of it.  The school supplies, the scholarly vibe, the school supplies, the new clothes, the school supplies, the fall weather.  The school supplies!

See what I made?




From these folders:


Dollar Tree has these cute mod ones right now.  You can find vinyl folders at any dollar store, year-round, with all manner of fun designs.  Go get some!  Cut them up!  Make jewelry!

Read on for the crazy easy DIY tutorial...



No words necessary!  Here goes...





Wasn't that simple?  Use the jump ring to attach your vinyl shape to chain or earring findings.  Maybe add some cute dangles or embellishments.  And boom!  Cute jewelry.


Fun fun fun!  Surprisingly strong, and so light you can wear huge, swingin' statement earrings like these...


...yet barely feel you're wearing anything.  Want to DIY?  Click here to go to a detailed tutorial for the cascading circle earrings.

To see more groovy ways to craft with school supplies, check out this page over on one of my favorite blogs, Dollar Store Crafts.



Hope you liked this idea - see you next time!

19 comments:

  1. This is AWESOME & what a cute earrings are in hand with many different ideas..waooo..and so many from one file cover..hmmm..this is clever Mich..so good!
    Thanks for sharing dear :)

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  2. That is really cool! Did you try to use a little heat on the material? I am curious what would happen to the stuff... I could image some really flowery things then! :)

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  3. How very clever of you! So cute! I'm sure glad you didn't make us guess what they were made out of...you would have stumped us all.

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  4. Absolutely stunning. Seventies, here we come! Betsy is right, I'd have NEVER guessed that. But I'm sooo making my own!

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  5. Super cute, as usual. Love how you can make such interesting things from stuff we wouldn't have thought of as craft supplies. Like Saraccino's idea of heat, too.

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  6. Love it! The earrings are my favorite.

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  7. How do you attach the three eyeballs with the two turquoise beads? And we all want to know where you got the black squiggly dangles!

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  8. My favorite is the "Mod" earrings. Clever cascading approach!

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  9. Oh Mich I love your back to school jewellery!! :)


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. great job as always! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  11. Hmm I need to get to Dollar Tree. These are très cool. I just made some of your earrings using pencil grips and they are freaky cool. I literally got the last pack on the shelf. I will have to post them on my blog for you. http://www.michlinla.com/2011/06/make-silicone-cheerios-what-stop.html

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  12. So clever, amazing that something so practical can become such adorable jewelry. Great repurposing!

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  13. I would never have guessed what they were made of...great idea!

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  14. Oh look you've done it again!!! Why am I not surprised...

    These are pretty darn awesome Michelle, and I love how light they must be!

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  15. Said it before, but I'll say it again: You rock. Think I neeed to see the world thru Mich colored glasses. And your Copyright Limerick also gave me a giggle. Keep 'em coming.

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  16. Hi, I'm a doctoral Student at Appalachian State University working on my dissertation. I am studying craft practices among women and would LOVE it if you might participate. I have included a link below to a survey and description of my research. Please feel free to pass it on to other women artist/crafters who you know.
    Thanks so much,
    Emily Miller.
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/craftonomics

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  17. Hi..It's been awhile since you've updated..We all hope you are doing well! Miss your inspiring upcycles.

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