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How to make paper earrings

DIY paper earrings


Paper is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to DIY jewelry.

However, it’s a delightful material to work with to create colorful accessories.

Today, you’ll learn how to make gorgeous earrings using only desk supplies.

If you’re stuck at work with over the summer! It’s time to make something entertaining. Try this fun DIY to brighten a dull office day!

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Paper clips, scissors, glue, and colored paper are all on your desk, ready to help you create those amusing earrings.

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How to make Paper earrings

Aa I said you probably already have all the supplies on hand to make these DIY earrings.

To make jewelry, you can use many types of paper, such as old magazines, scrapbook paper, junk mail, wallpaper, washi paper, copy paper, hand-colored paper, and so on.

Start by opening the paper clip to make a triangle. These two triangles will be your earrings clips.

I’ve included three ways to make different earring shapes below…but I’m sure there are many more…just get creative! You can have a look at these creations for inspiration.

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Grab a magazine, a flyer…any paper which you like the color and cut two long triangles in it.

glue the paper to make earring

Fold the upper part around the paper clip and glue.

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Wrap the paper on itself. Add some glue on the triangle tip and glue it on the paper to make a bead. 

Repeat to make the second earring and done! You have a first pair of paper earring.

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easy to make paper earrings

Second idea to make DIY earrings. Start by cutting two rectangles of paper.

DIY paper clip earrings idea

Fold the paper like an accordion, and then fold in the center to make a fan.

Make easy paper earrings

Glue the top part with the paperclip, and you just made a second pair of earrings.

Easy DIY paper jewelry

Third way to make paper earrings. Cut two rectangles for each earring, one short, and the other longer.

Easy paper clip earrings

Fold them in the middle and glue them on top of each other on the paper clip. 

Paper earrings making at home

Cut small fringes with your scissors. And ready! 
 It was fun to work with magazine paper as the color are bright and you can play with both color side of the page. 

Look at the earring below, I like the contrast between the pink outside and the black inside.

Paper earrings making

I understand that using a paperclip as an earring clip is unusual, but if you don’t have any allergies, it will suit.
If you prefer, you can also use an allergy-free earring clip to hang the paper clip on it.

The same technique can also be used to make fun necklace pendants.

As you have noticed, paper jewelry is rather delicate. To protect your earrings, apply a coat of transparent nail polish or this special varnish.
It will not make them waterproof, but it will help them last longer.

Now you can match any of your outfit with paper clips earrings!

I hope you will have as much fun as I did making them!

I love to see what you create with my tutorials, so please share your creations in comments or tag me on instagram @ohoh.deco

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How to make paper earrings


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Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Ama! These earrings are so colorful and cool! My earlobes would probably fall off if I stuck a paper clip through them, because they are super sensitive to metals. I bet one could find jewelry-making parts at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Amazon. You should post this warning: Everything looks cute on me. Your results may vary. 💕💕💕


Thursday 15th of June 2023

Thank you, you are very nice! You are right people sensitive to metal shouldn't use these earrings, maybe making a pendant for a necklace can be a creative alternative!


Monday 25th of June 2018

Really cute idea and so original! I shared your tut via my paper-themed newsletter on Friday and it's proving to be a very popular link. :)


Monday 25th of June 2018

Thank you so much Ann, I am always pleased when you enjoy my work!


Saturday 20th of February 2016

Hi wonderful idea, very creative. Do let me know if the paper clips are safe to be worn?

Ama Ryllis

Sunday 21st of February 2016

Hello, I didn't had any problem wearing them, so I think it's ok as long as you don't have allergies, I guess.


Sunday 7th of February 2016

Hi! Those earrings are wonderful. I was wondering if there was no danger in using paper clips, since they are not sterilized... is there anything to do with them first, like use a lighter on them to sterilize them? I'm sorry if I'm not being very clear, I'm french and my english is not on point ;) thank you anyway!

Ama Ryllis

Sunday 7th of February 2016

Salut, je crois pas qu'il y ai un problème a utiliser des trombones, sauf en cas d'allergie je suppose. Tu peux peut-être les désinfecter avec de l'alcool avant de les mettre.

Texas Mom 88

Saturday 19th of September 2015

Cute earrings. I will have to try them sometime. Thanks for instructions.

Ama Ryllis

Sunday 20th of September 2015

You are welcome, have fun crafting!