In my efforts to declutter some old photos, I came across packets and packets of old film negatives. I had dozens of strips of photos of generic landscapes and forgotten museum exhibits. (Remember when you didn’t even know if a picture was going to be good until you got it printed weeks later?)
Needless to say, I knew I didn’t need to keep all of these negatives, but I couldn’t quite bear to throw them away. (I mean, they’re practically historical artifacts at this point!) I wanted to find some way to upcycle them into something new and useful. That’s when I had the odd idea to create these quirky film earrings.
- Film negatives
- Jewelry pins
- Earring backs
- Rounded pliers
- Cut your film strips into small squares. Make sure to leave the edges on, as the sprocket holes are what will attach to the earring backs. Once you have a size you like, use the scissors to round out the corners so they’re not sharp.
- String some beads onto a jewelry pin. Use whatever style you’d like! Then, use rounded pliers to curl the end of each post into a loop.
- With your pliers, open up the loops at the bottom of your earring backs. Hook a film square and a beaded jewelry pin onto each earring back and close the loops.
And that’s all! These film earrings were super easy to make, and you can create several pairs with a single strip of negatives. It’s such a fun way to get creative, and they make a great conversation piece!