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31 Days of Halloween – Pumpkin Earrings

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Welcome back for another update in the 31 Days of Halloween!

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the final week of sharing my favorite Halloween crafts, recipes and patterns. I hope you’ve enjoyed everything I’ve shared so far.

Today, we’re revising a fun craft that I shared right here on Sewhooked some years ago.

Pumpkin Earring Tutorial

I originally came up with these fun pumpkin earrings for a swap I participated in some years ago. I still have my pair and wear them during October every year!

makes 10 -12 pair

You’ll need:

  • 1 block orange polymer clay
  • small amount green polymer clay
  • toothpick or skewer
  • hook ear wires (aka French hooks) (2 for each pair)
  • eyepins (2 for each pair)
  • jump rings (size of your choice)
  • jewelry pliers (I used one round nose and one chain nose)
  • Sculpey Glaze (gloss)
  • small, soft paint brush
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • optional: business cards and decorative bags for gift giving

Pumpkin Earrings

Separate the orange clay into enough pieces for 10 – 12 pairs of earrings.  Roll each piece into a rough ball shape.

Pumpkin Earrings

Using the round nose pliers, twist the eye pins into a curly shape, making sure each is approximately the same length.  Make the same amount as the orange balls in the last step.

Pumpkin Earrings

Squish the curly part of the eye pin into the orange ball.  Cover wire completely with clay, rounding with your fingers as you go.

Pumpkin Earrings

Add a small amount of green clay, gently pressing it around the wire into a stem shape.  Make sure to leave the “eye” in the pin visible.  If necessary, use a toothpick or skewer to clean out the hole.

Pumpkin Earrings

Use the toothpick to gently roll creases into the orange ball.

Pumpkin Earrings

Wallah!  A tiny pumpkin!  Repeat steps for each earring.

Pumpkin Earrings

Place earrings on parchment lined tray and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Pumpkin Earrings

Pumpkin charms, all baked.  They look a little dull, so…

Pumpkin Earrings

Place earrings eye pin side down in Styrofoam.  Gently brush on Sculpey Glaze.  Allow to dry upside down.   Once they’re turned over, add a little more Glaze around the top if needed.

Pumpkin Earrings

Attach the ear wire (French hook) with a jump ring and pliers.  (how to open and close a jump ring)

Repeat for each pumpkin charm.

Pumpkin Earrings

If making enough to share with your friends, poke holes in a business card with a pin, then slide the ear wire through.  Fold the top end of the business card down and place in a cute little bag.

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Earring Hanger V2

earring hanger v2

You may remember my earring hanger that I posted some time ago.  No?  Well, go check it out, then!  It’s fun and easy to make.

What do you do when you have a teenage daughter with way more earrings than her hanger can hold?  Make her a new one, of course!

While rummaging around my supplies looking for a spare frame, I came across an extra piece from one of those wire cube storage widgets.  This thing has been hanging around forever in my pile of “you never know” craft supplies.

Today, it found it’s purpose!

It’s as easy as pie to put together (and definitely takes less time than pie!).

All you need is one piece of a wire cube storage set, or some other wire-frame widget, some zip ties, a piece of plastic canvas and some of those awesome 3M Command hooks.  All of these things were in my craft supplies, left over from other projects.  Total cost… $0!

The piece of plastic canvas fit perfectly across, leaving two rows at the top for the earrings that won’t fit through the smaller holes.

Hey, wait a minute!  Some of those earrings are mine…. *grumblegrumble*

earring hanger v2 side detail

I put the zip ties on from the back and then trimmed them, so the closure is hidden.

earring hanger v2 top hooks

Using larger hooks on top gave her a place to put her gargantuan hoop earrings while simultaneously keeping the earring hanger sturdy.

earring hanger v2 bottom hook

A single smaller hook on the bottom holds the whole shebang nice and steady so the earrings don’t get bounced off!

If you make a Sew Awesome Craft or any pattern, craft or recipe from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Email me or add it to the sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting!

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Craft: Pet Name Tags



I have kitties.

Lots of kitties.  Okay four, that’s lots, right?

My fur babies all stay indoors, but I still feel safest if they’re wearing a name tag with our address and phone number on it in addition to their city tags.   They’re sneaky, ya know?

After numerous lost collars, a couple of which turned up years later under a pile of boxes in the garage, I started making replacement tags instead of buying.  It’s easy and inexpensive.

The first one I made is about two years old now and is still in perfect shape!

You’ll need:

  • Polymer clay (like Sculpey or Fimo; also called polyclay)
  • polymer clay pasta machine OR poly clay rolling pin
    **please note: if using a pasta machine, it needs to be used only for polymer clay. DO NOT use the same machine that you’d make pasta with**
  • parchment paper
  • 1 to 1 1/2″ cookie cutter with a uniform shape (don’t be tempted to make the tag larger, the larger it is, the more likely your pet will be able to get into his or her mouth)
  • Bic Cristal Pen lid
  • toothpick or skewer
  • alphabet stamps (optional)
  • small cookie sheet
  • regular or toaster oven
  • acrylic paint
  • large jump ring
  • Sculpey Glaze



Knead a small amount of clay, then roll out with a clay roller or pass through pasta machine on the next to thickest setting.  On my machine, that’s an 8.

For more information about handling polyclay see Working With Polymer Clay on Crafts-For-All-Seasons



Place clay on a small on the parchment paper.   Press the cookie cutter straight down, making one blank.  If you’re making more than one, now is a great time to cut them all out.



Tag blank.



If you have alphabet stamps, use them to stamp on your pet’s name by gently pushing the stamp straight down and lifting straight up.  Shown are jewelers stamps, which need to be cleaned well if used with polymer clay.

If not using alphabet stamps, use the directions for finishing the back of the tag.



Finished front with a fun star stamp added.



Take the lid off the Bic pen.  It makes a perfect circle cutter for the jump ring hole.


Press the pen lid down into the clay, removing gently to avoid distorting the tag shape.  Remove the plug from the lid with a toothpick.



For the back (and the front if you don’t have stamps), use the toothpick to gently write your address or phone number.

Place parchment paper with tag(s) on cookie sheet and bake according to manufacturer’s directions.



Once the tags are cool, rub a small amount of paint onto the front and backs with a paper towel, wiping away the excess.  This will make the letters stand out.  Allow that paint to dry for a few minutes (it won’t take long) and then coat with glaze.  Allow to dry.

Add jump ring.

Because your pet will be wearing this and safety is always first, let the tag dry at least 24 hours before attaching it to his or her collar.

Merlin, wearing his custom kitty tag

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

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Craft: Earring Hanger


I don’t make a lot of New Year’s Resolutions, but I do start each year trying to be more organized.  I’m starting with my personal spaces this year; my jewelry, make-up and the like.

I love big, swishy earrings, handmade, hand beaded, felted, you name it.  I have loads that were made by friends and a few made by myself, and those are definitely my favorites.

Storage has gotten a bit precarious and I’m usually trying to disentangle the mess and find a missing earring.

For quite a long time, I’ve used a small earring organizer to keep my studs and other small earrings that have a stem and a back.  It was time for a new, bigger version so I can finally find all of my fabulous earrings!

You need:

  • a picture frame with no glass (recycled or raw wood)
  • plastic canvas
  • hot melt glue
  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • stapler (a staple gun works great if you have one) or thumb tacks
  • optional:  paint & glitter


Cut the plastic canvas to fit inside your frame.


Optional:  Paint the frame the color of your choice.  If the frame is recycled and has a finish, you’ll need to give it a light sanding before painting.

I’m particularly fond of glitter…so I sprinkled some on my frame while it was still wet.


Once the paint and glitter are dry, place the plastic canvas inside the back of the frame.  Go around all four sides with hot melt glue.


This is what you have now!


Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to reach from one corner of the frame to the other, plus a little for turning under on the ends.  The length here depends on how you want your final product to look and how much of the ribbon you’d like to show.  Turn the ends under and staple or tack in place.


Hang on the wall and add all of your lovely dangly earrings!  Works best with French hook earrings.


smaller variation

If you make this or any sewhooked crafts, I’d love to see a photo!  Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy Crafting!

“Mellocreme” Pumpkin Earrings

Pumpkin Earring Tutorial

Mmmmm, mellowcreme pumpkins, the yummy little sugar bombs that are really just candy corn kicked up a notch!  In homage to these tasty Halloween treats, how about a fun, easy craft that is cheap and makes enough to share with your friends?

I made the cute pumpkin earrings for a Halloween swap I was recently participated in.  You can make one pair or several!

makes 10 -12 pair

  • 1 block orange polymer clay
  • small amount green polymer clay
  • toothpick or skewer
  • hook ear wires (aka French hooks) (2 for each pair)
  • eyepins (2 for each pair)
  • jump rings (size of your choice)
  • jewelry pliers (I used one round nose and one chain nose)
  • Sculpey Glaze (gloss)
  • small, soft paint brush
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • optional: business cards and decorative bags for gift giving

Pumpkin Earrings

Separate the orange clay into enough pieces for 10 – 12 pairs of earrings.  Roll each piece into a rough ball shape.

Pumpkin Earrings

Using the round nose pliers, twist the eye pins into a curly shape, making sure each is approximately the same length.  Make the same amount as the orange balls in the last step.

Pumpkin Earrings

Squish the curly part of the eye pin into the orange ball.  Cover wire completely with clay, rounding with your fingers as you go.

Pumpkin Earrings

Add a small amount of green clay, gently pressing it around the wire into a stem shape.  Make sure to leave the “eye” in the pin visible.  If necessary, use a toothpick or skewer to clean out the hole.

Pumpkin Earrings

Use the toothpick to gently roll creases into the orange ball.

Pumpkin Earrings

Wallah!  A tiny pumpkin!  Repeat steps for each earring.

Pumpkin Earrings

Place earrings on parchment lined tray and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Pumpkin Earrings

Pumpkin charms, all baked.  They look a little dull, so…

Pumpkin Earrings

Place earrings eye pin side down in Styrofoam.  Gently brush on Sculpey Glaze.  Allow to dry upside down.   Once they’re turned over, add a little more Glaze around the top if needed.

Pumpkin Earrings

Attach the ear wire (French hook) with a jump ring and pliers.  (how to open and close a jump ring)

Repeat for each pumpkin charm.

Pumpkin Earrings

If making enough to share with your friends, poke holes in a business card with a pin, then slide the ear wire through.  Fold the top end of the business card down and place in a cute little bag.

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