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DIY Upcycled Plastic Earrings Tutorial

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I love reusing product packaging whenever I can. Recently, I was challenged to create an upcycling project using the plastic soup containers from Chick-fil-A. I wanted to do something different and fun for the DIY project, so I turned to my teenage daughter to start brainstorming some different ideas. Since my daughter loves jewelry, we decided to make upcycled plastic earrings using the plastic Chick-fil-A soup container.

The hardest part of this DIY challenge was trying to figure out a way to make the black plastic look artistic enough to be worn hanging from my teenage daughter’s ears. We cut oval shapes from the container and first tried melting them in the oven. We thought that the plastic might warp in a cool way to make a fashionable look with the plastic – but it didn’t work. The plastic just rolled up tight, and we had to go back to brainstorming.

That was when we thought of a candle. With the heat from a candle, we could manipulate the plastic to make curves, and a wave look on the oval pieces of black plastic. Guess what? It worked!! We had a blast creating art out of black pieces of plastic. We then used a sewing needle to make a hole at the top and attached metal earring attachments to make dangling earrings. My daughter loves them!

Wanting to do a fun upcycling craft with your teen? It is guaranteed to be a fun bonding experience together that you’ll never forget.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Earrings

1 Plastic Chick-fil-A soup container
Earring Accessories

1. Cut the black plastic into small oval shapes

2. Using the pliers hold the plastic oval over the flame. You’ll want to do this multiple times to create more waves in the plastic.

3. Once the plastic has cooled, use a sewing needle to make a hole in the plastic.

4. Attach earring accessories to create an earring.

5. Find the perfect outfit to wear with your new accessory.

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