Hello, hello! Can you believe it's almost officially summer? What happened to spring?! Anyway, school is just about over, so the kids and I had a quick brainstorming session and made plans for a few summer crafts that we thought would be fun to try.
They absolutely love working with polymer clay, so they have already made a batch of DIY summer earrings. I think these little gems are so cute, and they represent all that's fun about summer!
My older girls have been working with polymer clay for a long time, and they love making earrings and miniature food for the doll house they share. They made some sweet little Easter earrings a couple of months ago, so they thought it would be fun to make their own summer jewelry too.
Polymer clay earrings are super easy and quick to make, and they are also fun to give as gifts -- the girls' friends love wearing them. And, you only need a few items to get started.
Supplies for Polymer Clay Earrings
- Polymer clay in your choice of colors
- Earring posts and backs, which you can find in the craft store
- Glue (We use Tacky glue, which holds up well, but any glue is fine.)
Then, just take small amounts of clay, and make whatever shapes you want. The girls focused on summer fun, so they made Popsicles, fruit and beach balls. Just be sure not to make the earrings too thick, or they take longer to dry. Most of these are about ¼ inch thick.
After you have made a few designs, line a baking sheet with foil, and bake the earrings at 275 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the shapes are hard. There should also be directions on the package of clay.
When the shapes are cool, put a small amount of glue on the back of the earrings, and then attach the posts.
After the glue dries, you can start wearing the earrings -- it's that easy and quick! Here we have an orange cream Popsicle.
And here we have beach balls, watermelon slices, pineapples, lollipops and pink Popsicles. The girls even made pink frosted donuts, which aren't exclusive to summer, but they're just fun to make and wear!
They added the lines and seeds to the watermelon and pineapples with Sharpies after the earrings were baked.
The best thing about these summer treats is that they don't contain calories, and that's a big plus for me! Have you ever made your own earrings or other jewelry? It's just slightly addicting.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at these DIY summer earrings. Have a super day!
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