Make Japanese Earrings at Home

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn the amazing and fun art of Mizuhiki paper cords and make beautiful earrings

2 hours Class size 4 to 25

label $68 (or 4 payments of $17 Afterpay)
($88 per guest when you book for 4+ guests, $78 for 4+ guests, $68 for 4+ guests)

How it works
Request your preferred time
We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Shipping is free, and it should arrive within 7-14 business days. We ship nationwide.
Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

On the search for unique things to do at home? Learn Japanese jewellery making with Az from Happy JP Designs using the art of Mizuhiki at this fun online class!

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 online class, you'll learn how to tie basic knots (two types of knots) that will transform a simple Mizuhiki cord into two pairs of beautiful earrings during the class. The first pair (very basic knot) and the second pair (one more step than the first pair) are two different designs. Plus the kit includes the materials for the third earrings for your own time!

Az will also demonstrate how the Mizuhiki cords are 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.

The kit includes three pairs of hooks/hoops stainless steel ear wire. If you don't have pierced ears, you can add on stainless steel clip-on earrings when you book.

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!

Please note: You must book at least 9 days before your online class as materials are taking longer to get delivered due to lockdown restrictions.

Add-ons available for this class
  • Clip on 1 pair ($5)
  • Clip on 2 pairs ($10)
  • Clip on 3 pairs ($15)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Short Mizuhiki cords for practice
  • Long Mizuhiki cords for three pairs of earrings (assorted colours according to your colour preference)
  • Three pairs of stainless steel (hypoallergenic) earring hooks/loops and metal findings
  • Samples of finished knots
  • Digital data (PDF) of how to make two types of basic knots (provided after the class)
  • URL of making knots videos (provided after the class)
What you'll need
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pen (we will use the side of the pen as a tool)
  • Two pairs of pliers if you have (possible to do it with fingers as the metal findings to attach earrings are soft metal)
Your teacher
happy JP designs
happy JP designs

5.0 (22)

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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Catherine Bird May 2022

What a lovely way to spend my Sunday afternoon. Az was very patient with me as I played with my paper cords and I have some beautiful earrings at the end of our time together along with instructions emailed to me to help make another pair later. I am so grateful to the teachers who still ZOOM - especially with natural teachers like Az being in Canberra while I am in Sydney. Thank you for a special time together - I feel confident to continue.

Jewellery Making workshop review by Catherine Bird

Andi Garing Feb 2022

This is a great class. In 2 hours I learnt to make some absolutely beautiful earrings. Az is a warm and friendly teacher who really knows the subject. Her instructions were clear and the how-to videos she provided are excellent.
I highly recommend this class.

Make Japanese Earrings at Home review by Andi Garing

Sally Cornell Feb 2022

This was such a fun class. Az is a great teacher and the background of this artwork was fascinating. Everyone admired my earrings the next day.

Donna Parker Jan 2022

Highly recommend this workshop! The teacher, Az, was incredibly patient and gave clear instructions. The end product looks great.

Jewellery Making workshop review by Donna Parker

Lang La Jan 2022

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I really enjoyed learning a new skill with Az and our class, she is very patient and very talented!

Make Japanese Earrings at Home review by Lang La

Elaine Johnson Oct 2021

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

I really enjoyed this class. Az was a great teacher - very clear with her instructions and patient as I struggled with my two left thumbs! The earrings we made were fantastic and there were enough cords left after the class to make more. Definitely recommend this class.

Make Japanese Earrings at Home review by Elaine Johnson Sydney

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Tomoko Sugiura Oct 2021

Was much fun and easy to learn
Did it twice now. Highly recommend this class

Amanda Henshaw Oct 2021

Lovely teacher who took her time and was happy to go over techniques again and again.

Looking forward to practicing my skills.

Thank you

Toni Surace Oct 2021

Simply Wonderful AZ is so talented and very patient. I want to learn more Thank you for a fabulous experience

Mei Soong Oct 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Very interesting class and made some lovely mizuhiki earrings. Would definitely like to learn more patterns.

Make Japanese Earrings at Home review by Mei Soong Sydney

Elizabeth Rush Oct 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Really patient and happy to show you how to make them a few times. Loved it.

Jewellery Making workshop review by Elizabeth Rush

Christine Lockey Oct 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

A truly great class! Made two different styles of earring made in two hours. The teacher, Az, was brilliant. We logged in on two different devices so that we could follow what she was doing and she could see what we were doing with our hands. Az was extremely patient and any potential for mistakes was corrected immediately. She started off simply and built up gradually so that we could understand the new concepts and put them together to successfully make our earrings.

Jewellery Making workshop review by Christine Lockey

Giorgia Aguzzoli Oct 2021

The class was really interesting and fun! The teacher was amazing, very patient and competent and stayed over the time limit to make sure I got everything right. I will definitely recommend this class to anyone that is interested in Japanese culture. I loved it! Thanks a lot

Make Japanese Earrings at Home review by Giorgia Aguzzoli Sydney

Sharon Chan Sep 2021

This is a good class to get started on Mizuhiki knots. Az is a good teacher.

Deonisia Soundias Sep 2021

21 ClassBento workshops attended • 20 reviews

Great class and I came away with earrings I love and will wear. Az was very patient and provided great instructions. The history of Mizuhiki paper cord craft and it’s use was interesting. It’s such a beautiful craft and It was a fun class and definitely worth doing!

Jasmin Lin Sep 2021

40 ClassBento workshops attended • 41 reviews

Az is a great teacher, very patient, talented, passionate and creative. Thank you for spending the extra time with me, I really appreciate it. I really enjoyed learning a new skill and will be doing more.

Kelsey Brymer Sep 2021

What a lovely way to spend a Friday morning! Az introduced the craft and traditional use of mizuhiki. We practiced different weaves and made 2 sets of earrings. Az was a warm and patient teacher. All materials came ahead of the workshop in a lovely envelope. The information provided before and after the experience was very useful. I highly recommend taking a class and connecting with happyjpdesigns on IG and Etsy.

Make Japanese Earrings at Home review by Kelsey Brymer

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