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Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings

Jewelry can be expensive so why not make your own recycled jewelry crafts? Save your plastic water bottles and create your own Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings from Heidi Borchers. This project is shockingly easy and so much fun.

Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings


  • Water bottles (with smooth sides – I use SmartWater bottles for this project)
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Circle template
  • Marking pen
  • Sticker remover (I use Undo)
  • Fabric
  • Cereal box (or thin cardboard) for squeegee
  • Brayer (or other cylinder tool for rolling)
  • Small hole punch
  • Eye pins (2)
  • Jump rings (2)
  • Miscellaneous beads
  • Wire snips
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire (approximately 6″ for each earring)
  • Fish hook wire earrings


  1. Cut top from water bottle with craft knife. Remove labels from bottle. Use scissors to cut squares from bottle.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  2. Place circle template over square and mark cutting line with marking pen.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  3. Use scissors to cut along pattern line.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  4. Place cut piece on paper towel and apply label remover to remove any remaining stickiness and marker lines. This pieces should be very clear when you have finished cleaning it.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  5. Apply glue to back of circle.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  6. Use squeegee to smooth glue over entire surface.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  7. Cut fabric slightly larger than circle. Place face down into glue. Use a brayer of other round tool to roll fabric into glue. Be certain that fabric is securely glued all the way to the edges.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  8. Use scissors to cut fabric even with edge of water bottle circle.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  9. Punch hole at top to attach earring findings.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  10. String beads onto eye pin.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  11. Use round nose pliers to create loop at end of eye pin. Loop jump ring through punched hole and add beads to jump ring. Close jump ring.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  12. Leaving approximately 2 ” at each end, wrap wire around pencil.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  13. Slip coiled wire over beads. Wrap wire at top of beads (below loop) several times to secure. Cut excess wire.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  14. Use pliers to start to coil wire. Use fingers to continue to coil.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings
  15. Press coiled wire to hang over fabric circle. Add earring hoop to top of beads.

    Repurposed Reverse Fabric Earrings

For a video tutorial on this project, check out How to Make Reverse Fabric Water Bottle Earrings.


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