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Red-hot Earrings

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Spice up your jewelry collection by turning sunflower seeds into mini Mexican ristras, strings of dried chilis said to bring good fortune.


  • Sunflower seeds (unshelled)
  • Cotton swab
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Waxed paper
  • Green embroidery floss
  • Tacky glue
  • Earring wire


Red-hot Earrings - Step 1

1. For each pair, use a cotton swab to paint 10 unshelled sunflower seeds with red acrylic paint, then set them on waxed paper to dry. Cut the floss into ten 4-inch-long pieces. Tie a knot in each piece, about 1/4-inch from one end.

2. Use your finger to spread tacky glue around the wide end of a seed. Splay the short end of a piece of floss and press the threads onto the glue (A). Repeat this process with all the seeds and let the glue dry.

3. Red-hot Earrings: Step 3For each earring, knot together two strings and trim one about J inch above the knot. Tie on another string (B) and again trim one just above the knot. Continue in this manner until you have a bunch with five peppers. Trim the last strings and attach the ristra to an earring wire (C).