October 7, 2013

DIY Crystal Fan Earrings

Happy Monday! I've been on furlough since last Tuesday because of the government shutdown (my preschool is run in a federal building here in DC), so I'm making lemons into lemonade, or rather, rhinestones into earrings!

After last week's post on my latest color crush, emerald green and cobalt blue, I had to DIY something easy to bring those colors together. I've also gone a little crazy pinning different styles of crystal fan earrings (especially love this pair from Elizabeth Cole). Combining the two trends, I created these DIY crystal fan earrings, using some crystals I had on hand with petite rhinestones from Wander & Hunt. The trick to these do-it-yourself earrings? Using wax paper let's you glue without worrying about your earrings sticking to your work surface.

Tools and Materials:
A viscous super glue (I used E6000)
Toothpick and wax paper
Small marquise rhinestones (I used these in emerald, c/o Wander & Hunt).
Medium marquise crystals (I used these navettes)
Earring posts (and backs)

How to:
1) Squeeze a blog of glue onto the wax paper.
2) Use the toothpick to apply the glue to one side of the medium sized crystal. Place on the waxed paper.
3) Add glue one side of a smaller crystal or rhinestone.
4) Press the two crystals together (glue sides together), with the smaller one fanning out from the larger crystal.
5) Repeat adding glue to the next three rhinestones, pressing each rhinestone into the next. Don't worry about getting stuck to the wax paper, we'll get to that soon!
6) Repeat to form a second earring, mirroring the pattern of the first. Let the earrings dry for at least 30 minutes, until the glue is partially set. Then, peel off from the wax paper.
7) Add glue earring posts.
8) Press firmly onto earring backs, and let the earrings dry overnight.


  1. Lovely earrings!
    Great result!


  2. Lovely! And a nice little use of your furlough time, if I do say so!

  3. Very pretty!!


  4. Love it! I still wish you weren't furloughed though.

  5. Anonymous10:37 PM

    such a creative idea, and stunning earrings -- i would definitely compliment them!

  6. I love these !! <3

  7. These are really pretty - love them! Good use of your time-off too :-)

  8. So pretty! They look like a pair of wings!

    1. Thanks! And you're right, they do! : )

  9. Anonymous9:59 AM

    I'm obsessed with these!!! I've been dying to make some fan shaped bejewels


    1. Thank you! I love this shape too!

  10. Wow, those look great. I would have glue and rhinestones stuck everywhere.

  11. They are so beautiful!! :)

  12. Ahhhh one of my FAVE tricks for making jewelry without soldering! Great job, beautifully executed, Erin! Sorry to hear about your being furloughed :( I can't imagine how difficult it must be. Hopefully the nightmare will be over soon!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

  13. Amazing! When i first glanced at these i had no idea how you could have DIY'd them...i thought it was going to be a really intricate, fiddly process. It looks really doable and they look so classy.. Brilliant work! Emma @ Beads Jar xo


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