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DIY BFF Earrings

Put your heads together in the name of friendship.

Power couples are cool and everything, but if you ask me, nothing tops a POWER FRIENDSHIP. What’s more beautiful than two talented people hanging out and supporting each other’s brilliance?

Celebrating a power friendship requires something special, like a pair of extra faces that you can wear on your head!

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So today, I’ll teach you how to make a pair of earrings to commemorate your favorite BFF duo, whether that’s a pair of celebrities, fictional characters, or you and your own best friend. The same technique can be used to make rings and pins, too!

What you’ll need:

  • Printable shrink film. You can find it at craft/art-supply stores or here.
  • Scissors.
  • A baking sheet.
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Super glue.
  • Earring posts. You can find these at craft stores or here.
  • A paper plate/magazine/anything that will protect your work table from errant drops of glue.
  • Photo editing software. Photoshop, Preview, and Microsoft Paint all work for this.
  • An inkjet printer.
  • An oven.

How to do it:

Step One:

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Find and save a picture of each member of the best-friend duo. Straight-on pictures of their heads work best. Open your pictures in your photo editing software and crop them so that just the heads are left.

Step Two:

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Resize the images. Because you’re going to be printing these on SHRINK film, make them about twice as big as you want your earrings to be. (I made my images about half an inch long by half an inch wide and set the resolution to 300.)

Step Three:

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Copy and paste your images into a text document. If you plan on making multiple pairs of earrings, try to fit as many heads as you can onto each page, so you can make the most out of your shrink paper.

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(Side note: Why wasn’t I invited to this party?!)

Step Four:

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Adjust the color intensity to just above minimum—the colors will intensify as the paper shrinks; this adjustment will keep them from getting too dark.

Step Five:

Insert the shrink paper into your inkjet printer according to the instructions on the package, then print out your pictures. Let each sheet dry for a few minutes before you touch it. Then cut out each head.

Step Six:

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Preheat your oven to 325º F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Before baking your heads, test out a scrap piece of shrink film to see how long it takes for your oven to shrink the film. You’ll know it’s done when the film is about half its original size and completely flat. It only took mine about a minute, so keep a close eye on it! Once you’ve done your test, place your heads on the covered sheet, evenly spaced, and bake. They should look like this when they’re done:

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Let them cool for a few minutes before handling.

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Step Seven:

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Over a paper plate or other table covering, carefully superglue the earring backs to the head pieces.

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To avoid getting superglue on your hands, place a dot on the head first, then press the earring-back down onto it.

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Let those babies dry for an hour and they’re ready to go! When you’re wearing best friends on your ears, three heads are definitely better than one. ♦

27 Comments

  • disast3rology December 10th, 2013 3:46 PM

    AAAAHHHHH

  • Sophii December 10th, 2013 3:47 PM

    Wow this is amazing! I made a list of celeb and fictional bffs I could do this with and I think I’m going to do Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg :) xoxo

    http://prettypassionsfinefashions.blogspot.co.uk

    • daydream December 10th, 2013 8:48 PM

      how cool! I want Beat Generation earrings too :))

  • DecemberCricket December 10th, 2013 3:48 PM

    These are hilariawesome. I want to make some for my sis but my printer is broken! :(

    Also, for anyone who does want to make them, if you’re having trouble with photo editing software — I find preview is especially hard to use for things like this, there is http://clippingmagic.com

  • Tyknos93 December 10th, 2013 3:52 PM

    HOLY SMOKES
    This is actually really fantastic. I was thinking of doing something thing similar with bottle caps, but OMG this is wonderful!
    http://blazoningpens.blogspot.com/

  • December 10th, 2013 3:57 PM

    AAH i love this! this is so cool!

    http://www.anika.me.uk

  • AnaRuiz December 10th, 2013 4:01 PM

    I love all the creepy DIY as of late.

    http://anaruizwriting.blogspot.com

  • Kathryn December 10th, 2013 4:02 PM

    AMAZINGGGGGG this is LIFECHANGING omg

  • megggggggggghan December 10th, 2013 4:38 PM

    this is awesome

  • Anya N. December 10th, 2013 5:35 PM

    OHHHHHHHHHHH MY GODESS

  • Flyer December 10th, 2013 6:08 PM

    “…place your heads on the covered sheet, evenly spaced, and bake.” Brilliance.

  • emilylime December 10th, 2013 6:35 PM

    OMG! TINA AND AMY! MY FAVORITES! This is so rad. Glad to see you used Tina and Amy as examples.

  • lydiamerida December 10th, 2013 7:00 PM

    OMG gotta make some Mulder and Scully ones ASAP!!!!
    http://cat-witch.tumblr.com

  • Louise December 10th, 2013 7:11 PM

    This is great!!
    When will Rookie come back to NYC?!?!?!

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  • Katiekay December 10th, 2013 7:16 PM

    OMG I LOVE THIS!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  • Mimi7 December 10th, 2013 7:25 PM

    I loved making Shrinky Dinks when I was little! I never printed on them though, so cool!

    http://dreaminginfashion.wordpress.com/

  • gabilllove December 10th, 2013 8:33 PM

    Awesomeness! Can’t wait to do Jim and Dwight or Diego Luna and Gael Garcia. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • AngstyTheBrave December 10th, 2013 9:21 PM

    I love shrink plastic so much.

  • Sarah Moon December 11th, 2013 2:31 AM

    Hey there, did you use transparent or white shrink film?

  • monalisa December 11th, 2013 3:59 AM

    screw bff earings. i want ones of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. this is great and i am making them for myself for xmas thankyou so much for this

  • UneFille December 11th, 2013 10:51 AM

    Lol this is awesome!

  • elliecp December 11th, 2013 11:45 AM

    this is so awesome. I love the technique and the idea of a bff power couple is perfect…gotta love some OTPs! <3

    http://roseandvintage.blogspot.com/

  • heylindseyb December 11th, 2013 1:02 PM

    OH YES.

  • fueledbycarly December 11th, 2013 4:21 PM

    this is too great.

  • lydiamerida December 11th, 2013 5:59 PM

    approx. how many pixels is .5 inches? my computer will only let me resize by pixels, not inches :/

  • December 22nd, 2013 4:23 AM

    Omg I just noticed I NEED earrings. These look so rad…

  • Anna here March 15th, 2014 2:41 PM

    im having trouble with this. when I put the picture into word it shows up way smaller than it does in the tutorial. I checked the dimensions and it looks exactly like the demo. help!