Christmas Sticker Jewelry Set Tutorial
by Rena Klingenberg.
I turned a set of holiday snowflake stickers into this bracelet and earring set.
Here’s one made by my Mom:
This is an easy, cheap project to make – with lots of room for creativity and color play!
- Small cardboard squares – chipboard or squares cut from a cereal or cracker box, measuring 1″ x 1″ (2.54 x 2.54 cm).
You’ll need 2 squares for your earrings, and 3 to 5 squares for your bracelet (depending on the bracelet size and how many jump rings you put between each square on the finished bracelet).
The adult-size bracelet shown above uses 5 squares.
A child-size bracelet would use about 3 squares.
I used chipboard, purchased cheaply at a local craft store:
- Christmas stickers – for this blue jewelry set I used a sheet of abstract snowflake stickers.:
- A coordinating paper (or another sticker) – for the back side of each of your cardboard squares. We don’t want any plain cardboard peeking out anywhere! 🙂
Cut this coordinating paper into squares that are slightly larger than your cardboard pieces, so you can trim each one for a perfect fit after Mod-Podging it to the back of your cardboard.
Cut enough squares of this paper so you have one for the back side of each of your cardboard pieces (so if you have 7 cardboard pieces, you’d need 7 squares of paper).
Note: If your stickers DON’T completely cover the front side of your cardboard squares, you’ll ALSO need a square of this paper as a background on the front side (under the sticker).
In that case, you’d need to cut enough squares of this background paper to have one for the front AND one for the back of each of your cardboard pieces.
(Example: I have a total of 7 cardboard pieces, so I cut 14 squares of this background paper.)
I used this solid blue paper, thinking of a cold twilight sky in winter:
- Felt marker – to color the edges of your cardboard pieces.
- Small-hole paper punch – or a piercing tool such an ice pick, beading awl, etc., to make holes in your finished squares.
- Jump rings – for connecting your squares and attaching your clasp and earwires.
- Clasp – nearly any style of clasp would work for this bracelet – hook, lobster, S-shape, etc. I used a hook.
- Earwires – to finish off your earrings.
- Scissors or paper cutter – to cut your background paper squares – and also your cardboard squares if you’re not using chipboard.
- Small amount of Mod Podge – the glue / sealer for decoupage projects (be sure to read and follow the advice on the Mod Podge jar):
- Glitter (optional) – to add a magic sparkle to your jewelry set.
- Waxed paper – to protect the surface where you use the Mod Podge.
- Flat nose and/or chain nose pliers – to open and close your jump rings.
Christmas Sticker Jewelry Set Tutorial:
Use your Sharpie marker to color the edges of your cardboard pieces, so the finished jewelry will have edges that match the rest of the piece:
Spread your waxed paper over the surface where you’ll be using the Mod Podge.
We’re going to work on the BACK side of your cardboard pieces first.
Place your cardboard pieces on the waxed paper. Have the squares of background paper that you’ll be putting on the back sides of these pieces waiting nearby.
Now use your finger to scoop up some Mod Podge and spread it all over the surface of one of your cardboard pieces.
Make sure the entire surface of the back is well covered with Mod Podge.
Then quickly place your background paper on top of the Mod Podge. Slide it around to center it, and press down on all surfaces, especially the edges.
Use scissors to trim off any paper hanging over the edges of your cardboard.
Then use your fingers to press the paper’s edges down securely:
Once the paper’s in place, scoop up another dab on Mod Podge on your finger and spread it evenly and completely, over the entire top surface of the paper.
When you’ve done this to all of your cardboard squares, let them dry completely. You can use a hairdryer on low setting to speed up the drying.
Then spread 2 more coats of Mod Podge over this same surface, drying completely between each layer:
Now we’re going to work on the FRONT sides.
So once the back sides of your cardboard pieces are dry, turn them over so the front side faces up, and set them on a clean part of your waxed paper.
Now spread Mod Podge over the entire top surface of the front side:
(If you’re using background paper squares on the front side, go ahead and Mod Podge the remaining background paper pieces to the front sides of your cardboards now.)
Now spread Mod Podge over the entire top surface of the front side.
Carefully place your Christmas sticker where you’d like it to be.
Press down on all surfaces of the sticker – starting in the center and pressing outward from there, to prevent the sticker from wrinkling.
Use your scissors to trim off any overhanging sticker edges.
After the sticker is glued in place with Mod Podge, scoop up another dab of Mod Podge on your finger and use it to cover the entire front surface (including the sticker).
When this coat of Mod Podge is completely dry (you can speed it along with the hair-dryer), spread a small amount of Mod Podge along each felt-marker-colored edge of the cardboard.
When the edges have dried, spread a second coat of Mod Podge over the entire front surface and let it dry completely.
Here are the front sides in the process of drying:
(Optional: If you’re using glitter, spread a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of your squares and sprinkle a small amount of glitter onto each square. Let them dry completely):
Now use your small-hole punch (or ice pick, bead awl, etc.) to punch 2 holes in each bracelet square (or 1 hole in each earring square), where you’ll want to attach your jump rings:
To finish your bracelet:
(Note: If you’re new to using jump rings, see my super-quick tutorial on how to open and close a jump ring.)
Use your jump rings to attach your bracelet squares together.
Add enough jump rings to each end to make your bracelet a comfortable length.
Attach your clasp to the last jump ring on one end:
To finish your earrings:
Attach a jump ring through the hole in each of your earring squares.
Attach a second jump ring to each of the first jump rings.
Add your earwires at the top:
And you’re done!