Making your own jewelry can be inexpensive and fun. I love the look of filigree earrings, and you can find them at Etsy shops and boutiques everywhere. While I am a big supporter of shopping handmade, I do enjoy creating my own custom jewelry when I don't have a lot of money to spend. These glittered filigree earrings are so simple to make and you can choose any color to match your wardrobe!
To make these earrings, you'll need some metal filigree charms (I got these ones from Wholeport), and some earring hooks. Wipe the filigree charms with some alcohol to clean them. At this point, you can add a layer of paint over the charms (front and back), or since I was making these black, I used a permanent marker to color the entire back side of the charms and left the front bare.
Next, you'll need some Mod Podge (I used Mod Podge Extreme Glitter for extra sparkle), glitter in the color of your choice, and a spouncer or sponge brush.
Lay the filigree charms down on a scrap piece of paper. Dip the spouncer into the Mod Podge and cover the entire front of each charm in a coat of Mod Podge. Try to work fast as it can dry pretty quick!
Move the Mod Podge-covered charms to another paper, and pour the glitter over top. Let sit for a minute or two, and then you can lightly tap on top of the charms/glitter piles to make sure the glitter is pressed down into the Mod Podge.
Carefully stand the charms up, and tap them on the paper to remove any excess glitter. If your glitter isn't covering as much as you'd like, or you have any bare spots, repeat the Mod Podge/glitter process.
Let dry for about 30 minutes for the Mod Podge to completely dry. Then, spray them with a coat or two of clear spray paint or polyurethane spray to seal the glitter to the charms to prevent the glitter from shedding all over you while you wear your earrings.
Using jewelry pliers, open the bottom loop of the earring hook and attach the filigree charm to the earring. Close the loop, and you earrings should be ready to wear!
I received product from Wholeport in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.