The beauty of DIY is that creative potential can be found in practically anything. For instance, you can turn plastic packaging scraps into a sparkling statement piece. This project is a great way to celebrate Earth Day in style (or any other day, for that matter).
– Plastic packaging (for holding fruits or vegetables, such as strawberry containers)
– Flat-back, adhesive rhinestones
– 3-in-1 pliers
– Candle and lighter
– 2 strands of chunky curb chain (at least 8 inches/20.32 centimeters)
– Set of jewelry clasps
– 1-2 straight pins
– 2 jump rings (8mm)
– E6000 (or strong craft glue or Super Glue)
1. From the plastic packaging, cut out a portion that is perfectly flat and free of any indents.
2. Cut out a triangle measuring about 1.5 x 1.5 x 2 inches (3.81 x 3.81 x 5.08 centimeters). If you are using bigger rhinestones, feel free to cut out a bigger triangle.
Tip: Instead of cutting the plastic little by little, try one big “snip” at a time. This will increase the likelihood of cutting a straight edge.
3. Carefully light the candle. Hold a pin over the flame for just long enough to heat up the sharp end (no more than 5 seconds).
4. Without setting down the pin, hold the plastic with your other hand and quickly pierce the top corner. If it is hot enough, it will pass through the plastic and create a hole. If not, briefly pass the needle back through the flame again and re-pierce the hole.
5. The hole will look a little something like this.
6. Repeat on the opposite corner.
7. Using the pliers, add a jump ring to each hole.
8. Glue down the rhinestones of your choice.
9. Let dry overnight.
10. Attach a strand of chain to each of the jump rings.
When you’re making the rhinestone pattern, think of the plastic as your blank canvas. The possibilities are truly endless. Try using different materials, such as flat-back pearls, colored rhinestones, studs and even metallic spray paint. Regardless of your personalized combination, you’ll be well on your way to some serious fashionable recycling.
Photo credit: Kirsten Nunez