I celebrate both Christmas and Chinese New Year.
I have to say though, I hardly get into the festivities for Chinese New Year, largely because my family on my dad's side is usually quite casual. We spend most of our time at home, just spending time with family. Also maybe because Chinese New Year is so easy! Just put on something red and you're good to go. I always cheat with red nail polish! That's me being festive. Anyway, yes, I somehow have more parties to go to during Christmas time, and thus have more reason to put on the glitter and whatnot.
If this sounds like you, read on.
This year, I'm going to try to be a little more festive. I've devised a little plan that hopefully passes off as Chinese-New-Year-chic (and not look like I just came out of a B-grade period Chinese film, yikes).
Here's a DIY on Chinese New Year earrings! (:
I swear it takes only 15 minutes, sans buying materials of course. I promise, because I timed myself.
Here's what you'll need:
- needle and thread
- Traditional Chinese buttons (I really don't know what these are called, knot buttons maybe?)
- tassels (minimum 2, because you're going to need one on each side)
- earring base or earring hooks
1. Depending on the shape and size of your Chinese button, have in mind how you'd like your earring to look (e.g. which side of the button is going to face upward, how low your tassel is going to sit on your ear). Just play around with your materials.
2. The Chinese buttons come in a pair - the side with the knot (the button) and the hook (to hold the button. Using the 'hook' side, fold down the hook, and then glue or sew it down with needle and thread. Make sure to sew it down to the back of the button, not the pretty side.
3. Glue down the tassel on the back of the Chinese button. Secure with needle and thread if necessary.
4. Again, depending on the size of your button and where your tassel is sitting on the button, glue down the earring base. Otherwise, sew down earring hooks to the tip of the Chinese button.
DONE! Quickest and simplest DIY I've ever posted! Best part? All super cheap materials!
Okay, too many exclamation marks.
I think you can find Chinese buttons in most local Malaysian bazaars. Some arts and crafts shops have it too. I found my tassels also in an arts and craft shop. Try fabric stores and curtain specialist outlets, if you're out of luck. Last but not least, I got my earring base from Art Friend in Mid Valley. If all else fails, just steal earring hooks from earrings you don't want anymore (:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you've got any questions at all. Good luck!
All images by me and Moose Pixels.