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Standout Statement Earrings to Buy or DIY

Mar 5, 2020

by Rachel Smith

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Birthday, big date, or just your average Sunday at the supermarket: wherever you’re going, with an eye-catching pair of statement earrings you bring the party. From the bold and colorful to the glimmering and dangly, the wildly creative options available on Etsy will have you looking for any excuse to celebrate.

Six pairs of festive earrings made by Etsy sellers
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Acrylic chandelier earrings from My Moon Seeds, $37; 18K gold starburst studs from Rosa Tejada Joies, $804; leather pom-pom earrings from Cold Gold, $45; gold paper-bead earrings from Papermelon, $37; brass demi-hoops from Aleishla Lopez, $38; upcycled leather confetti earrings from Scandinazn, $50

If you’re feeling extra-playful, why not try crafting your own festive pair from scratch? These DIY confetti earrings are super easy to make and add an instant pop of cheer to any outfit. Read on to see how it’s done.

At a glance:

Time: Approximately 4 hours (including drying time)

Difficulty: Beginner

Supplies needed for DIY confetti earrings project on Etsy

You will need:

Step 1: Mix resin in cup

Rachel combines resin and hardner in a cup.
Rachel combines resin and hardner in a cup.

Combine one part resin with one part hardener in a plastic cup, being careful to use equal amounts of each. If you’re using two molds, make sure there’s enough mixture in your cup to fill both. Stir for two minutes using a wooden stick.

Step 2: Transfer to new cup and keep mixing

Rachel continues mixing her resin with a wooden stick

Pour your mixture into a new cup and stir for an additional minute, making sure to scrape the sides of the cup to ensure resin and hardener are thoroughly mixed.

Step 3: Pop any bubbles

Rachel places her cup of mixed resin into a cup of hot water to allow air bubbles to rise to the surface.

To remove air bubbles, place the cup into a slightly larger cup filled with hot (not boiling) water and let sit for two minutes. You will see the air bubbles rise to the surface and pop. You can also use a hair dryer, but be careful not to melt the plastic of your cup.

Step 4: Pour and place confetti

Rachel pours her resin mixture into a circular mold.
Rachel pushes individual pieces of confetti into her resin mold with a wooden stick.

Pour a thin layer of resin into each mold and then, one piece at a time, add your confetti. Push each piece down in place with your wooden stick so that the confetti is entirely covered with resin. Let cure overnight. Tip: Position a darker piece of confetti toward the top edge of each earring. This will help conceal the earring posts when glued on.

Step 5: Remove from molds and add earring posts

Rachel glues posts onto the back of hardened earrings
Finished handmade confetti earrings with posts affixed

Remove the hardened resin from the molds. When adding the posts, be sure to align them with the darkest piece of confetti so they don’t show through on the front of the earring. Glue them in place, let air dry, and presto! Your brand new earrings are ready to hit the town.

Rachel models handmade resin confetti earrings

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