Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fabric Skull Earrings Tutorial

Happy Turkey Day Craftsters! This is my first Tutorial so I will be showing you how to make these simple dorky fabric skull earrings. Making fabric earrings is a great way to use leftover scraps from previous projects! Also, if you dare not to go Black Friday Shopping, you can make these for adorable gifts!

Here's what you'll need:
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  • 2 Fabric Scraps 6"x 6" each
  • 4 Buttons 
  • 2 Jewelry Hooks
  • 2 Jumprings
  • 6"x 6" piece of cardboard
  • 2 Printed Skull Photos
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Pliers 
  • Hand Sewing Needle & Thread or Glue Gun & Glue Stick
  • Optional: Hole Puncher Tool

First, you should have your skull photos printed and cut out. Now this skull photo is just for the shape of the earrings. Don't pay attention to the eyes and nose detail.

Next, you will turn only one image to the backside and paint a light coat of mod podge on it with your paintbrush.

Then, Turn the image over and lay it on the cardboard. Press the image down with your fingers, making sure it is nice and secure on the cardboard. Repeat steps for the other image.

Now, get your scissors and cut both skulls out. You can choose to keep the shape of the teeth or cut straight on the bottom, like I eventually did.

After the skulls are cut out, paint a light layer of mod podge on one side of only one skull.

Once mod podge is applied, turn it face down onto the wrong side of your fabric. Take a minute to apply hard pressure to make sure it is secure onto the fabric. Then repeat for the other skull.

When the skulls are firmly applied, cut them out of the fabric. Repeat for the other side of the skulls until both sides are covered with fabric.

Now it is time to seal the fabric. Start painting a coat of mod podge on the entire vicinity of the skulls. Making sure you also seal the sides, to keep the fabric from fraying. Constantly blend, so the mod podge turns clear instead of white on the fabric. Then, let them sit for about 10-15 minutes to dry.

After your skulls are completely dried, it is time to place the eyeballs. For this you will get your buttons. They can be round, heart, or whatever shape your heart desires. I actually cut out an eyeball graphic from fabric and hot glued them in place. You can hot glue your buttons, or sew them in place.

Next, Take your hole puncher(or Needle) and punch a hole on the top of the skulls.

Lastly, use your pliers to hoop the jumprings through the hole and then through the loop on the hooks. Pinch the sides of the jumprings to fasten. And Presto! Your Earrings are finished!

Take this method and run with your creative juices!

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