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Milk Bottle Earrings

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Angela Scott
Milk Bottle Earrings

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Make-it-Yourself

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Jewellery & Accessories

Waste Materials

Milk Bottles

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A pair of upcycled earrings made from plastic milk bottles! Inspiration and original instructions of how to make this great reuse project came from the Crafty Corner Website see: http://www.craftycorner.co.za/recycle/plastic/bottles/milk-bottle-earrings/milk-bottle-earrings.html

Materials & Equipment List

To make this great pair of upcycled earrings you will need: - Plastic milk carton- Small needle nose pliers- Small wire cutter- Scissors or craft knife- Earring findings including hooks and wire

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

To make this great pair of upcycled earrings you will need:  - Plastic milk bottle (thoroughly washed with the label taken off.)- Small needle nose pliers- Small wire cutter- Scissors or craft knife- Earring findings including hooks and wire
Begin by cutting off the top and bottom of the milk bottle, as shown in steps 1 & 2, so that you are left with the middle strip of plastic from the bottle (shown in step 4).
Cutting the bottom of the milk bottle to leave the flat middle section that you are going to use to make the earrings with.
Roll the plastic in to a coil with your fingers to soften it and make it easier to work with.
Cut two evenly sized strips from the plastic ensuring they they are as wide or fine as you want your earrings to be. About 1cm is ideal.
Coil the strips up by rolling together with your fingers.
Coil one smaller loop at one end, this will form the inner loop of the earring, then, using the wire or a needle, pierce from underneath upwards.
Now make the next loop and pierce the right spot for the wire to go through, then form the final loop and pierce once again.
To make sure both your earrings have loops of the same size, remove the wire and undo the coil. Lay both strips next to each other and using the holes in the first strip as your guide, mark where the holes should go in the second strip. Then simply pierce the second strip where you have marked.
Re-loop the earrings and insert your wire. Uusing wire cutters trim the wire a short way from the top of the earring. You need to allow enough to make a loop on which you can hang the earring hook. Use the needle nosed plier to create this. Before you close the loop insert the earring hook
You now have your earrings, and who would know that they cost you only a few pennies!
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