Upcycled Cosmetic Bag Earrings & Gift Box

houndstooth earring feature

I just love houndstooth, I love the crispness of the black and white, plus it is so whimsical.  I found a little cosmetic bag at a thrift store recently and thought it would be fun to try out my new “thick” materials punch to make some earrings.




The punch worked fabulous, it punched out two perfect circles and the earrings only took a few minutes each to put together:

houndstooth new

Step One: punch tiny holes in the top and bottom of the circle.

Step Two: Attach two small jump rings.

Step Three:  Attach an earring finding to the tops of the earrings

Step Four:  Use a head pin with two red beads + two rhinestone rondelles and two silver cap beads.

houndstooth set

Since I had leftover pieces of the cosmetic bag I thought it would be fun to cover a gift box lid.  After using hot glue to attach the pieces around the sides and top, I painted Tim Holtz brand metal corners red for some pop and attached a pretty rhinestone bow.  I printed out a free houndstooth tag I found on pinterest and attached a gold cord for a present with pizzazz!

box top

To make gift box lid:

Step One:  cover the top with some of the cosmetic bag with hot glue and trim the edges flush.

Step Two:  Cut pieces of the cosmetic bag the size of your gift box lid edge and cover all the edges using hot glue.

Step Three:  Paint some metal corners bright red and let dry.  When they are dry attach them with hot glue.

Step Four:  Attach a pretty rhinestone piece of junk jewelry.

Step Five: Make a cute tag and attach to your gift, insert the earrings in the box!

Isn’t it fun to use unexpected materials to make something whimsical but practical too!

Happy Crafting!


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