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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DIY Folded Earring Card/Display

I spent many hours trying to figure out how to make some earring cards that would work as a display, and then could be folded up as a little package. I would bet money I had seen something similar before. However, after lots of research I could find nothing like I had envisioned. Now, part of the problem was that the design in my head was not possible. But, I still couldn't find something exactly like what I finally created either. After aforementioned hours of failures, I finally got it right. I thought many other jewelry designers might appreciated a little tutorial to save them the hours of frustration I suffered :) I think the handmade packaging adds the perfect final touch to a handmade product.

The earring display!

So here you go, step by step instructions, with pictures. This is a picture of the supplies that I used to make these cards. A paper cutter, 8 1/2" white cardstock, scissors, a 1/8" round hole punch, a bone folder, a craft knife and a plastic folder. I also used a dime, but any small round object would work.

Step 1: I decided what size I wanted my earring cards to be when they are standing up. I decided on 2" wide by 2 3/4" tall. So 2 3/4" tall, times 2 for the front and back, plus 1 1/2" for the bottom. That gave me a total length of 7". I then cut my white cardstock into 2" by 7" strips.

Step 2: Using the ruler, I measured 2 3/4" of length, and started the fold. I made it a sharp crease using the bone folder. (Don't worry, they aren't made from bone anymore, just plastic)

Step 3: Using the bone folder, I folded up the bottom tab, completing the folds.

Step 4: I used a plastic report cover I found on clearance for 42 cents!! But any thick firm plastic would work just fine. I cut off a strip, about 2 inches wide, since thats the width of my earring cards. Next I figured out where I wanted my holes placed on the card. I then punched holes where I wanted them.
 I wrote "top" so I wouldn't get mixed up :)

Step 5: I lined my template up at the top of my earring card (unfolded!) and punched the holes. I tried using a paper template, but I just kept making the template holes bigger. The plastic worked much better, because I was able to "seat" the hole punch in the hole, and make it much more precise.
Step 6: I folded the card back up, and drew a little line in pencil, for where I was going to put my slit.

Step 7: I opened the card back up, and using the craft knife and the dime as a template, I sliced a half circle along the line, with the convex part pointing down toward where the flap would fold up.
(If anyone is aware of a paper punch that would make this shape, I would be eternally grateful, as this is the most tedious step.)

Lastly, I placed my earrings inside and folded it up in a nice little package! 
The final product.
These are perfect little displays if you do shows or have your jewlery in a shop. The earrings are displayed very prettily, and then when they are purchased you just have to fold the paper the other way, and close up the package. As a final touch you could place the earrings in a box, a pretty bag, seal with a sticker, or some other pretty little finishing touch. You can finish this off in many ways to personalize it and put your brand on it. You can use any color or pattern of paper you want. The size can be adjusted to fit your personal designs. The options are essentially limitless.

Hopefully this little tutorial will help someone create the earring display/packaging they have been wishing for!

Side note: There are a couple of "earring card punches" available on the market. One is insanely expensive. The other makes a large slot for leverback earrings, as well as the single hole for post or wire earrings. Its a personal choice for me, that I don't like the look of the large slot for leverback earrings. If you don't mind the look, the hole punch would make this process much simpler, as you wouldn't need the template.


  1. Its simple way to make Plastic card holder and may be it will work.

  2. Thanks so much for this Turtle and for doing the hard grind for us!!

  3. This is a very simple way of making two things in one and Thank you, we appreciate you sharing your skills with us. Looks great on stand and packaging. Also very useful and practical. Well done!

  4. Simple yet ingenious! Thank you for the tutorial!

  5. Wow what a great way to do earrings cards. Thank you so much for sharing:)

  6. Wow, this is great! Thank you! Are you going to decorate?

    1. Libbi- I am going to put my store address and possibly my avi logo on them. I'm debating whether to put it on the back as it's displayed, or the outside when its closed. Hummmmm decisions decisions

  7. I love that you combined a hand crafted display/gift with your hand crafted earrings. Good work!

  8. I am so going to have to try this!!! it looks so professional and nice !! love it!

  9. Brilliant! I'm going to give this a try for my wine charms! :) Thanks!!

  10. Thank You :) I have wanted to do this a long time !! You are so good to share this with us

  11. I love it. I will be using this design while incorporating other colors and adding a simple logo sticker to personalize it. It's so great because I will be using this for my displays also. Thanks for sharing and best of wishes to you.

  12. This is such a fantastic project, thank you so much for sharing it with us! I will definitely be sharing this link with fellow crafters.

    These will be great for display earrings as well as a pretty package for shipping - a much more professional look than little ziploc baggies. I'll have to experiment with how to put our shop name and such on them, and play with adapting them for other types of jewellery.

    -- Sugar

  13. This is awesome, thanks for saving me a lot of time and energy. Love it!!

  14. Thanks Turtle, I found a reasonably priced half circle punch on Amazon, only problem was the shipping and handling was almost as much as the punch. I got it anyway and love it so far. Love the earring cards, you have inspired me to make some.

  15. I just love your idea. I have already made some but like you found cutting around a dime difficult. So I just found the Envelope Notcher Punch. I have Amazon Prime so Shipping is free. Can't wait to get it!