Japanese Earring Making Class

Learn the amazing and fun art of Mizuhiki paper cords and make beautiful earrings to take home!

2 hours Class size 1 to 6 (public classes), 5 to 20

label $68 - $78 (or 4 payments of $17 - $19.50 Afterpay)
($78 per guest when you book for 1+ guests, $68 for 5+ guests. $20 per class surcharge applies for private classes)

Due to the Covid situation, there is no in-person class is scheduled till the end of June. In-person classes will be resumed in July 2022. Thank you for understanding. Our online earring making class is available here.

On the search for unique Canberra activities? Learn how to make your own Japanese-style paper cord earrings with Az from Happy JP Designs using the art of Mizuhiki!

Mizuhiki is a traditional Japanese art, using a Mizuhiki paper cord. Yes, they are made of paper! The core of the Mizuhiki cord is twisted paper and then dyed or wrapped with coloured thread, then knotted into shapes.

This technique has been used for centuries for gift giving decorations including gorgeous engagement gifts, and for gift money envelopes. It is even used to tie a Samurai’s and Sumo wrestler’s top knot!

In this fun class, you'll learn how to tie basic knots (two types of knots) that will transform simple Mizuhiki cords into two pairs of beautiful earrings that you can take home. The first pair (very basic knot) and the second pair (one more step than the first pair) are two different designs.

The kit has stainless steel ear hooks and loops for two pairs but if you don't have pierced ears, you can add on stainless steel clip-on earrings when you book.

Az will demonstrate how the Mizuhiki cord is used to produce gift giving for special occasions. Tying knots has lots of symbolic meanings in Japanese culture, such as "tie the knot" "heart to heart" "appreciation of your kindness" "congratulations" and so on. So they are also perfect gift ideas for weddings, paper anniversaries (first wedding anniversary) and to give to close friends.

Mizuhiki items are not only beautiful to wear but also very light and strong. It is very easy to wear these earrings for long hours without having sore ears. Come along and make some beautiful earrings with us!

* The exact address of the venue will be informed after your booking. It will be in Watson ACT

Add-ons available for this class
  • Clip on 1 pair ($5)
  • Clip on 2 pairs ($10)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
  • Two pairs of finished earrings for yourself or as a gift to a friend during the class
  • Two printed paper of how to make two types of basic knots
  • URL of making knots videos
What to bring
Please wear a mask, we may need to get close when demonstrating a knot. Everything else will be provided but

  • A pair of scissors
  • A pen (use the side of the pen as a tool)
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday or hens party.

This would also be a nice gift for her or gift for mum.

happy JP designs is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Watson ACT

Your teacher can also travel within 15 kms of Watson for private classes

Your teacher
happy JP designs
happy JP designs

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Hi, I'm Az. I'm an Interior Designer and a Japanese Mizuhiki artist.

What is Japanese Mizuhiki art?

Mizuhiki is a traditional Japanese paper cord used originally for special occasions, such as engagement gifts from the groom's family to the bride's family, and for gift money envelopes. Yes, they are made of paper. The core of Mizuhiki cord is twisted paper and then dyed or wrapped with coloured thread, then knotted into shapes. It is also used to tie a Samurai’s and Sumo wrestler’s top knot! Today we use it for making jewellery and other beautiful objects.

I am a member of Trove Canberra, a collective of Canberra-based artists, and sell my jewellery through their Dickson Shop. I also sell items from my Etsy store under the name happyJPdesigns.

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Jeanie Wolki Nov 2021

Az, our instructor was just great. She was very patient with us as we learnt how to make earrings. It was such a fun afternoon celebrating our girlfriends 50th birthday. Everything was great. All the color selection made for some beautiful earrings. Thank you Az for all you did.

Japanese Earring Making Class review by Jeanie Wolki Sydney

Matilda Hillam Aug 2021

77 ClassBento workshops attended • 45 reviews

Az ran a lovely Japanese earring making class. Mizuhiki is a fascinating traditional art form.

Jewellery Making workshop review by Matilda Hillam Sydney

Julie Gray Aug 2021

This was an online class, cos that is our only option right now, due to lockdowns. It suited me cos I am geographically distant from the teacher.
Az really knows her stuff here, and she was able to help me create some beautiful mizuhiki knots. Her setup with two cameras made watching her hands easy too.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well I did.
I think the course was excellent value for money.
I look forward to practising

Jewellery Making workshop review by Julie Gray

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