DIY Lace Earrings

Dolce & Gabbana‘s Spring ’11 collection undoubtedly furthered our already fanatical obsession with lace. Honestly, how dreamy is the collection?! We thought we’d make good use of some vintage lace trim we had laying around and turn them into earrings similar to the ones we saw on the runway. And thanks to some tips from a DIY previously featured on Poppytalk, making lace earrings proved be a cinch!

You’ll need:
lace trim or a lace doily
– Elmer’s multi-purpose glue
– a pair of ear wires
– a bowl or measuring cup
– a pair of pliers
– a pair of scissors

Mix equal parts glue to water in a bowl. Cut your shapes from your lace trim or doily, making sure both pieces are symmetrical. (Click images to enlarge)

Submerge the cut shapes into the glue mixture. Using the side of the bowl, squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible. Lay the pieces down on a flat non stick surface. After a few hours of drying, attach stiffened lace onto ear wires using pliers.

I haven’t stopped wearing mine since and can’t wait to make more. Hooray for lace!

(top image from Vogue.com, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

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58 Comments

  1. Tasja wrote:

    I love this <3
    I really have to try myself since I love lace 😀

    12.7.10
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  2. Emy Koster wrote:

    Super cute!! I want to try these as soon as I can. If they come out nice and link it back to you:)
    xx

    Emy

    http://sweetpromises.tumblr.com/

    12.7.10
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  3. amalie wrote:

    great idea, so cute!

    12.7.10
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  4. xoxo wrote:

    wow! they’re gorgeous! and seem pretty easy to make! great gift idea as well! thanks for the inspiration!

    xoxo

    notsomundanelife.blogspot.com

    ps. still in the process of making the clear clutch you featured way back…so exciting!

    12.7.10
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  5. Lauren wrote:

    Really cute and super easy!

    http://livingthelivewire.blogspot.com/

    12.7.10
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  6. Minnie wrote:

    You know it’d be even cuter if you could make tiny embellishments and decorate the white lace. Looks awesome.

    12.7.10
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  7. RAD.

    12.8.10
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  8. Heidi wrote:

    Ladies, you can also buy a product at Joann or other fabric stores called “Stiff Stuff”, which is a spray. I imagine it is exactly the same as the Elmer’s, but in a…convenient spray applicator.

    12.8.10
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  9. Ellen wrote:

    I love these! Definitely going to give ’em a go. Thanks!

    12.8.10
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  10. Erica wrote:

    Thanks guys!! And def gonna try out this “stiff stuff” . . . sounds DIY-exciting!! xx

    12.9.10
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  11. Robin wrote:

    Oh wow, I can’t wait to make those! So simple but gorgeous!

    http://leffetdepapillon.wordpress.com

    12.10.10
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  12. Stunning! It’s very great idea! I should give it a try!

    12.10.10
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  13. Anestazia wrote:

    I think these are awesome. If I hadn’t been a dummy and stretched my lobes out, I would definitely be making a pair. So, I featured these on my blog, if you would like to check it out. The post will be up in the morning. Great job!

    Anestazia <3
    http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/

    12.11.10
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  14. Shannon wrote:

    I am totally in love with this DIY! The earrings are magical! I can’t wait to make some for gifts this season!! Thanks for sharing :]
    xo. Shannon

    12.12.10
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  15. susan wrote:

    amazingly dreamy! love it!

    12.12.10
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  16. MaLa wrote:

    Thanks for the DIY – it’s genius ! Do you know if the glue would stain a lace of color ? For ex., if you choose a black lace, would it ruin the effect ?

    12.12.10
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  17. Sophia C. wrote:

    Yay! I made this for my brother’s girlfriend for Christmas. I know she’ll love em’. Thanks so much! Love all your DIY ideas.

    12.21.10
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  18. 1129design wrote:

    great tutorial, thanks! I wrote a post on http://1129designorecchinigioielli.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-lace-earrings-tutorial-orecchini.html when I get some lace I will try it out 🙂 have a nice week-end nicoletta (italy)

    2.25.11
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  19. ~loved that runway show
    & I like how yours turned out

    3.3.11
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  20. I’m trying these today, will put some pictures on my blog 🙂

    5.4.11
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  21. Irma wrote:

    I love your DIY’s, but it’s so sad a website called Girlscene.nl copies a lot of your DIY’s, like the friendshipbracelets, these earrings and the woven chain bracelets.
    Here’s the link to the most recent copied DIY: http://www.girlscene.nl/fashion/doityourself/2011/juni/diy_vriendschapsarmbandje

    But you are doing a great job!

    6.12.11
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  22. Hi, I just discovered your blog a few days ago and I’m nearly addicted ! It’s so inspiring ♥ I’ve made some inspired lace earrings if you want to see them : http://filledesvillesfilledeschamps.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-crochet-earrings-boucles-doreilles.html
    XOXO

    6.19.11
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  23. These are super cute and will look gorgeous for summer. I have a draw full of lace doilies I can never resist from charity shops, I think I just found the perfect use for them. Thanx! B x

    7.1.11
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  24. Eleni wrote:

    I am absolutely going to make these! I’m going to the craft store tomorrow after work 😀 so excited!

    8.9.11
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  25. Anne-Louise wrote:

    So beautiful ! I’m going to make these ! Thaks for the idea.

    10.16.11
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  26. Sf wrote:

    So pretty! And what photo editing software do you use?? Plz reply thanks!

    12.14.11
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  27. marion wrote:

    I love lace…I just hope they don’t turn out sticky!

    1.3.12
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  28. Katie wrote:

    I LOVED making these! After I made a few pairs I decided to dye them different colors and use metallic sharpies to turn them into great gifts for my friends! Also I’m 16 and I got a ton of compliments at school when I wore them.. Thanks! xo

    1.18.12
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  29. Laura wrote:

    I loved to do this. It’s drying now and I hope that it gives a good result!! They are very pretty, thanks! (:

    3.11.12
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  30. ugo wrote:

    Could you use the same type of glue if you had colored lace??

    3.18.12
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  31. Addie wrote:

    i made these and wow how great they turned out! Instead of cutting out a circle out of a giant doily and gettingng a weird pattern i bought tiny 50 cent ones.

    5.13.12
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  32. Frankie wrote:

    Very cute! Now I wish I hadn’t tossed out all my mom’s old doilies!

    6.20.12
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  33. Linda wrote:

    TOO CUTE! CHECK OUT MY BLOG FOR MORE DIY 🙂

    8.16.12
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  34. Linda wrote:
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  35. Sarah wrote:

    Beautiful, but sad. You cut up crochet lace, rather than machine made lace. Sad to see something that took at least a few hours to make get taken apart like that.

    10.3.12
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  36. Kay wrote:

    @anestazia just because you stretched your lobes don’t mean that you can’t wear pretty earrings. As long as there’s a hook on them you can wear them under your plugs. Looks nest with naturals like stone and wood.
    These are great, thanks for the post!

    12.27.12
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    5.14.13
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  38. J wrote:

    This is lovely!

    I made a lace bracelet for myself too, and look forward to creating some lace earrings.
    http://daintylittletrinkets.blogspot.com/2013/06/lacey.html

    6.27.13
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  39. Love how you stiffened the lace 🙂 That’s the difference between this and other lace DIY jewellery out there, in my opinion 🙂 Not yet used lace in my DIYs but will soon, once I hit the fabric store 🙂

    8.25.15
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