Monday, December 10, 2012

Recycled Wine Cork Earring Card Hole Punch

Holiday time is so busy! I make tons of earrings as gifts and to sell at holiday craft shows. And all those earrings must be professionally presented on earring cards. 

I make my own cards rather than buying commercial ones, so I must punch holes in them myself too. Here's my easy and recycled material two-holes-at-once hole punch. Since my earring lengths vary, I do not like using a jig which puts the holes in the same place on each card; sometimes I need holes way up close to the top of the card, sometimes lower. I eyeball my position of the holes depending on the length of each pair of earrings. Make yourself a little guide if you don't feel comfortable doing this by sight.
Cork earring card hole punch with push pins
Cork earring card punch closed
HOW TO MAKE THE CARD HOLE PUNCH
1. Slice a wine cork in half lengthwise. 
2. Glue (any craft glue works) or use double sided tape to adhere two push pins to the flat sliced side of one half of the sliced cork.
3. Place the card on a soft board (I use an inexpensive cork hotplate)
4. Eyeball where to center the holes between the card sides. My visual guide is to align the holes under specific letters in my name at the top of each card.
5. Keep the push pins parallel and find the best place for the holes that allow enough room for the earrings to hang from the earwire when they're in the holes without lying too low on your card.
6. Push the pins through the cards.
 
TIP: You may want to make more than one of these and vary the distance between the push pins to suit the scale of your earrings, with holes father apart if you make larger earrings.

I hope this tip helps you spend less time making gifts and more time giving them! (Or selling them!)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS–and check out the Little Cogs Earring Kit on www.sleeplessbeader.com for a fun earring project!



14 comments:

  1. Great idea...definitely will try it!

    Thanks, Leslie!

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  2. you are such a smart and classy lady, Leslie -- I LOVE this idea and will definitely put it to use!

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    1. Hi James,
      I couldn't find a way to do this, sorry. Please feel free to post a link yourself and thanks!

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  4. You are a genius! So clever and so simple. Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to try this.

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  5. What is the best way and safe way to cut the cork in half?

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    1. Cork is relatively soft and easy to cut. Carefully use any craft knife. The cut sides don't have to be perfect or the same size since you are simply gluing the pushpins on one piece and using the other to "close" the new tool and cover the pushpin points when not in use.

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  6. What is the best way and a safe way to cut the cork in half?

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  7. This is brilliant!

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  8. OMG I have been searching online for 30min for a fine hole puncher..then found your Blog...SO SIMPLE....GREAT IDEA...THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!

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  9. Brilliant idea! I want to do this too! Where do you get your cards printed?

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    1. I print my own cards (which my husband designs for me) on card stock and cut them with an X-acto knife. But Vista Print and Moo are good online sources for printing up cards.

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