My mother and I coined our infamous "Pff! I can make that!" expression when we saw these earrings. We had seen them together then I had went back to college. A few weeks later, in with the care package my mom had sent little magnets with cute little tiny pictures inspired by the earrings. (She thought they may be too big for earrings.)

IMG_2439 We have not turned back since and we have often bought something only to take it home and see if we can make it. I remembered these earrings last week and thought it was a sweet little idea for Too Cute Tuesday. It was just Sarah and I tonight but it was safe to say a good time was had by all!

Materials
Clear aquarium rocks (get ones that are flat on one side)- $2 for a bag of 100 or so
Earring posts- $2 for a bag of 20 pairs
Modge Podge or Elmer's Glue
Magazines (to cut up for artwork)
Scissors or exacto knife
*Any strong glue to attach the metal earring posts to plastic…Modge Podge can work too (see procedure)

Cocktail of the day: Cranberry juice and vodka. I do feel like I'm coming down with a cold and this seems healthy!

1. Look through magazines and find cool artwork that looks nice behind the clear rock. I went for small magazine icons and letters (in my case "n" and "o") and Sarah used some vintage book artwork for a more antique-y look. Classy!

IMG_2450 2. Cut out with scissors or an exacto knife the circle around the design.

3. Fix juice cocktail to help combat the virus you may be catching.

4. Use Modge Podge to adhere the cutout to the flat part of the aquarium rock. Let dry. Find out the Real Housewives of Orange County are on television.

5. Once dry, set the earring posts on the back of the earring towards the top of where the earring will attach. (If you put the post in the middle of the circle, there can be a bit of a dangling off your ear situation.) Hint: Glue gun glue is not suitable for this (it comes right off the earring post after it dries) but if you squeeze on a layer of Modge Podge on top of the post and let it dry a really long time that seems to work. You can also use glue suitable for metals, like crazy glue.

IMG_2446 6. While waiting for Modge Podge to dry, sip cocktail and get engrossed in bad reality television and hanging out with your friend. Realize it's almost betime and the Modge Podge is still drying on the post. Decide to let the glue for the posts finish drying overnight so you can come back to pick up the craft.

Earrings not your thing? You can make these into magnets by sticking some magnetic tape behind them! Wow! What a fun and versatile craft… we're so crafty!

 

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