Valentine’s Day is so much more fun now that we have kids in the mix. Sure I love a romantic date with my husband, or some decadent chocolates from my favorite, Teuscher (the only place to get chocolates in San Francisco). But, the holiday’s change when kids are involved, and I love everything about that! Audrey and I enjoy crafting, but since she is only 4, we try to keep things simple. These DIY mother/daughter earrings are perfect for a toddler project and age appropriate. I can’t wait to wear them tonight for our family dinner!
- 2 sheets of foam paper (we used pink and red)
- stick on acrylic gems (we used a dark pink and a light pink)
- 1 set of clip on earrings (unless your daughters ears are pierced)
- 1 set of standard earrings (both basic earrings can be found at most craft stores)
- tweezers for moving gems (I found using my fingers worked better)
- fabric or any craft glue
Step 1- Placing your gems
Decide on the size of your heart earrings. Our’s were about 1 inch wide. I would recommend making your child’s a little smaller. Audrey’s earrings were a little big for her small ears, but she insisted that they be the same size as mine. I like that they look a little big, it’s more playful, like she is playing dressing up. But, a smaller version would be toddler chic! Stick your adhesive gems on the foam paper to make your heart. Don’t worry if you need to move a gem, they come off and stick back on great. Perfect for toddlers!
Step 3- Cut out your heart-shaped earringsScissors for Audrey (and I’d guess most toddlers) are so much fun these days, so I let Audrey do this part. With a little guidance, she did great cutting around the outside of the heart.
Step 4- Glue your heart to the face of your earrings.
I let our earrings dry for about 15 minutes. Most any craft glue would work.
It’s funny how things change! I remember being a teenager laughing at all the homemade holiday necklaces, or bedazzled holiday earrings, or that homemade “slightly gotty” christmas pin that all the grandma’s were wearing at church. It all makes sense now! There is something sweet and special about wearing homemade jewelry from your children or grandchildren. It’s a reminder of their youth and brings me back to mine. These little crafty gems will be the pieces that last in my jewelry box forever!