Sunday, July 31, 2022

Decoupaged Wooden Earrings Tutorial

Hello, and thank you for joining me for this tutorial on how to use the art of napkin decoupage to make beautiful one of a kind earrings like the ones pictured below...


Decoupaged Wooden Earrings
can be made with printed floral napkins

Aren't they just beautiful???

At this point before we begin, I would like to mention that you don't have to print your own patterns to do this project.

Why not you may ask; because there are many beautiful, pre-printed patterns that are available to purchase, just like the yellow roses on the earrings pictured above.

In addition to this note, the underlined words in blue print on this blog post are links to where you can shop for the specific item underlined

If you purchase anything through these links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you in advance for any purchases you may make!

So, to reiterate, it's not necessary to print your own patterns for this earring tutorial, and you can skip those steps in the first few directions outlined below.

To give you an idea of what's available for purchase online, pictured below is a very pretty pattern on a napkin that I think would make a beautiful pair of earrings... 

Floral Napkins are readily
available online too

(click link above to learn more)

This is just one of the
many shapes available online

If you painted the background of your earring in a very light teal color and used the printed napkin above, the result would probably be similar to this...

A few more things before we begin...


Before printing out a picture on a napkin, you will have to secure a plain white kitchen napkin to a piece of computer paper.

If the napkin is two-ply or three-ply, unfold it and peel it down to one ply before attaching it to the computer paper.

Then secure the napkin to a piece of computer paper with Scotch tape.  For more information about exactly how to do this, watch the video below...

"How to Make Napkin Prints for Decoupage Projects"

This is what it will look like...

Napkin secured to a piece of computer
 paper with Scotch tape before printing

Please find a SUPPLIES LIST below the DIRECTIONS with links to purchase next to each item for your convenience.

I have also created a video of the instructions outlined here on this blogpost if you would like to watch it before you begin.  Here is the link...

"Decoupaged Wooden Earrings Tutorial"

If you have any questions, please leave them in the 'Comments' section below and I will be happy to help you out.

Now, onto our project...


Step 1:

  Finding a pattern

Go to Pinterest or your favorite search engine.  In the search bar, type a term for an image of something you would like to make into a pair of earrings.

You can use terms like 'Lily Pulitzer patterns' or 'mandala patterns' or 'floral patterns'.  Your search results in Pinterest for Lily Pulitzer will look like this...

'Lily Pulitzer patterns' search results in Pinterest

Step 2:

  Downloading the Pattern

From the search results, decide on an image you would like to make into earrings.  You are going to copy and paste it into a word processing document.

Place your mouse over the pattern of your choice, and while hovering over the image 'right click' on it to make it larger on the page.

Always save from the larger image to get the best results.

As shown in the picture below, hover over the image and using your mouse 'right click' and select 'Copy Image' (see pic below)...

'Copy image' from the larger version after hovering
over it and right clicking on it with mouse

In another window, open a new blank word processing document (or preferably have one open before you start).

While in the new blank document, 'right click' again and select 'Paste' so that now your pattern is in your word processing document (see picture below)...

'Paste' image into a blank word processing document

It might also be a good idea to print at least four of the same image, two for the front, and two for the back of each earring pair.

Step 3:

  Resizing the Pattern

Once your pattern is downloaded into the WP document, you can now resize it, recolor it, and also format it to print the image in reverse.

It might also be a good idea to print at least four of the same image, two for the front, and two for the back of each earring pair.   So go ahead and copy and paste until you have four.

You don't have to put the image on the back too, but this is something I like to do so that I don't have to paint it later. 

You won't want to leave it unfinished with no color so either two or four is fine, however, just remember if you don't print four, then you will probably want to paint the back.

In order to figure out the size for your images, hold your earring blank up to the image on the screen in the WP document.  See the picture below...

'Left click' on the image and a black outline will appear around the image as you can see in the picture above.  Place your mouse on the corner and move it back and forth to make the image bigger or smaller.

If you would like the image reversed for the second earring, flip it using the 'Format Picture' commands in WP at the top of the page before printing.

Now we are ready to print it out!

Step 5:

  Printing the Image onto a Napkin

Place your napkin/computer paper that you made in the Pre-Steps (outlined at the top of this page) in the rear tray of your printer...

From your word processing document, select 'File', and then select 'Print' at the top of the page.

Next, while in the print menu of your word processing document, you should see something like 'Printer Properties' as shown in the picture below...

You may have to look around your word processing
program for 'Printer Properties' this is what it
looks like on mine

For 'Paper Source' select 'Rear Feed'.  For 'Quality Settings' select 'Best'.  Select 'OK'.  Then select 'Print'...  

This is the result!

When it’s dry, use a paint brush to seal it with Mod Podge Gloss Finish.

Gently remove the napkin print from the computer paper.

On the back side of the napkin print, place your earring blank.  Use a pencil to trace the outline of the earring blank.

Carefully cut the napkin print out around the traced line.

Use a clear glue stick to secure the napkin cutout to the front of the earring blank.  Let it dry.

As you may see from the picture directly above, you may want to print out four of the same images so you can glue one to the back of each earring as well.

Step 6:

  Finishing your Earrings

After you add a bead and hook to your earrings, use Mod Podge to seal both sides of the earring.

To finish off the earrings, you may want to add a bead to the earring, to do this use will need a jewelry tool kit, jump rings and an earring hook.

In addition to a jewelry kit, you may want to get a pair of pliers to make the process of making loops extremely easy.  I love mine and would not know what to do without it for making the loops I need to make.

Watch the video below to learn how to use looping pliers to add beads...

Here is a list of SUPPLIES you may need:

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