Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just around the corner. Yes, I’m a little bit excited. Back in August I made my D23 Expo friends some Disney and Star Wars earrings for our trip. I’m finally sharing how you can make them at home! Yes, you’ll need a Silhouette for this one. If you don’t have one, ask around. I bet you have a friend or family member with one somewhere. Feel free to grab the cut file and send it to them with a polite email begging for some help.
I sized the Silhouette cut file to match the earring blanks. I also threw in a few bonus larger sizes in case you needed a car decal or something. Just delete and/or rearrange to meet your needs.
I used Perler Beads to create the earring blanks. Perler Biggie Beads are the ones you want for this craft. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the beads an inch apart. Bake at 325 for about an hour. They’ll make nice, flat discs when they’re finished baking. Clean each blank with rubbing alcohol before you apply your vinyl.
So…the vinyl… The Rebel cut? Easy. The Imperial cut? Slightly tedious to weed, but somewhat easy. The Mandalorian cut? Well… cut about three times as many as you want and hope for the best. It’s got some challenging detail for something smaller than half an inch. It’s also the only vinyl where I used transfer tape to apply the vinyl to my earring blanks because of the multiple pieces. The Imperial and Rebel cuts are one piece and easy to apply to the blanks by hand.
Use jewelry glue to apply the earring backs and let dry.
The longer vinyl sits around, the better it adheres to the surface. If you notice anything start to peel, just put it out in the sun for a bit or give it a few seconds with a hair dryer on high heat to cure everything.
Then pick your favorite pair of Star Wars Earrings to wear on opening night of The Force Awakens!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters on December 18, 2015.