Upcycled Cosmetic Bag Earrings & Gift Box

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Earrings Made From A Repurposed Cosmetic Bag

I just love houndstooth, I love the crispness of the black and white, plus it is so whimsical.  I found a little cosmetic bag at a thrift store recently and thought it would be fun to try out my new “thick” materials punch to make some earrings.

 

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The punch worked fabulous, it punched out two perfect circles and the earrings only took a few minutes each to put together:

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Step One: punch tiny holes in the top and bottom of the circle.

Step Two: Attach two small jump rings.

Step Three:  Attach an earring finding to the tops of the earrings

Step Four:  Use a head pin with two red beads + two rhinestone rondelles and two silver cap beads.

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Since I had leftover pieces of the cosmetic bag I thought it would be fun to cover a gift box lid.  After using hot glue to attach the pieces around the sides and top, I painted Tim Holtz brand metal corners red for some pop and attached a pretty rhinestone bow.  I printed out a free houndstooth tag I found on pinterest and attached a gold cord for a present with pizzazz!

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To make gift box lid:

Step One:  cover the top with some of the cosmetic bag with hot glue and trim the edges flush.

Step Two:  Cut pieces of the cosmetic bag the size of your gift box lid edge and cover all the edges using hot glue.

Step Three:  Paint some metal corners bright red and let dry.  When they are dry attach them with hot glue.

Step Four:  Attach a pretty rhinestone piece of junk jewelry.

Step Five: Make a cute tag and attach to your gift, insert the earrings in the box!

Isn’t it fun to use unexpected materials to make something whimsical but practical too!

Happy Crafting!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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