Friday, August 3, 2012

Droopy Earring Holder

Well men, this post isn't going to be as exciting for you today (unless you're looking for a gift to make for your lady). I've seen many different types of earring holders, but I haven't really liked the look of them. It's just hard to dress up plastic canvas, which is what I've seen a lot of. The earring holder we were sent can be made to be so cute and it can be done to look modern or vintage. Check it out. 

The Original Pin
http://hisforhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/08/lace-earring-holder-tutorial.html 
Isn't that great? And the tutorial on how to make it is excellent, take a look. Bridget found this, made it, blogged it, and then sent it our way. Here are her results:

The Pinstrosity
http://thoughtsofpockets.blogspot.com/2012/07/another-successful-pinterest-project.html
Not bad. But she did have a few hiccups. The original creator pulled thrift store finds and her project scraps together for this and was able to do the project for only $3, but if you don't have the scraps on hand, or if you have a specific look you're going for (as Bridget did), you can buy the supplies for around $8. Additionally, if you look at the two pictures, the original and Bridget's, you can see what I mean by being able to make it look vintage or modern. Bridget's black theme pulled together a more modern look while the original with the colors and styles of lace give a more vintage theme. 

The main hiccup Bridget had was that she didn't have the tape the instructions called for. She says, "I didn't have double-sided tape, any sort of glue, or even a stapler lying around my apartment.  And I was just too lazy and impatient to leave the apartment to find some.  Sooo I basically sewed the fabric to the cardboard (I should probably replace the needle in my machine now...) and called it good. The fabric isn't stretched as tight on the cardboard or in the frame as it could be." While the project still turned out usable and fine, she said it would definitely be better if the fabric was pulled nice and taut for looks and to help hold it all in place better. Using an adhesive, be it tape or glue, will definitely help to get your fabric nice and tight. 

She also gives a great suggestion for the types of lace to use: "Use a variety of laces and trims: the longer, thicker trims work really well for long, dangly earrings, while the billowy lacey trims seem to be most ideal for studs."

                         

8 comments:

  1. I really don't see what is wrong with the frame... I think it looks great!

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  2. yeah... I'm calling pin-win on this one. I love it.

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  3. It's not identical but I like her modern version better and think its adorable! Definitely a success!

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  4. I think it looks great! While, personally, I like the more eclectic version of the original (it's just my taste), the re-do is definitely not pintrosity in my book.

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  5. I've made a few of these and they are great. Sometimes I take out the back of the frame and just hang it on the wall. Sometimes I leave the backing, but add a piece of scrapbook paper, trimmed to fit. I have secured the lace with hot glue or packing tape. The lace does sag a little bit under the weight of heavier earrings, but it's definitely a successful project.

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  6. It's cute! Lol I think you did pretty good

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  7. I cut to size a screen from an old window and used a stable gun to the back of the frame. Worked perfectly!

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  8. I think the fabric looks fine not being so taut. You could even go all out and gather it or arrange it so it adds more texture to the background. Just use glue to keep it in place, whatever your preference. I would say that using glue to make the background fabric flat and tight takes a bit of fidgeting, as you have to wait for it to dry in order to stretch it across.

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