DIY Wood Earrings – Two Ways

DIY Wood Earrings | The Merrythought
For years I didn’t wear earrings because I had tiny babies that liked to grab them (ouch!).  And gahh, who even has time to put earrings in with tiny babies everywhere, and the only place I was going out to was the mailbox anyhow (and that was on a good day!), no need to look good for that 2 second walk.  Now that my boys are out of that stage (*pause for a quick cry*), I love to be able to wear earrings again.  And every once in a while, my brain can stop dreaming up some dessert I need to try baking and come up with a little crafty DIY project.  (I’m always so amazed by Caitlin and her endless creative DIY projects!).
I love this project because there’s so many different variations you can make using different shapes and paint colors. It’s also super quick and easy.  These would make great gifts for your friends, or for your bridesmaids.  (Or even as shower/party favors – they can be made pretty quickly).
DIY Wood Earrings | The Merrythought
DIY Wood Earrings | The Merrythought
What you’ll need:

  • 1/16-inch sheet of birch plywood – (I got mine at Michaels – use those coupons!)
  • x-acto knife or scissors
  • glue (super glue works well for this)
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • earring hooks
  • jump rings – optional
  • needle nose pliers
  • drill bit
  • ruler & pencil – optional

How to do it:

  • Cut desired shapes out of wood. (Use a ruler and pencil if you don’t want to free hand it). I cut mine with scissors and it worked fine (I had been worried that the wood might crack while cutting it with scissors, but I had no problems with that).
  • Paint shapes desired colors.
  • If needed, glue shapes together. (I was originally going to hang my three triangles together using jump rings, but decided I liked them stacked together better).
  • Using the drill bit (or something else that can make a small hole), make a hole near the top of the earrings.
  • Using your needle nose pliers, pull apart the closure on the earring hook, slide the ring through the hole, and gently squeeze the closure back together using the pliers again.
  • Done! Wear and enjoy your crafty new look!

DIY Earrings | The Merrythought

Have a lovely weekend! Manda

Like making your own jewelry? Check out this dyed macrame necklace, this easy brass & leather necklace, or this golden stone ring.

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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:43 pm

    Pearl - Very cool! I’ve always wanted to make wooden earrings but I’m not handy with wood working techniques. This will certainly work for me!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 9:00 am

    GiGi - This is great! You made the process look so do-able :) I’ll be doing a Michaels binge this weekend so I’m excited to try something new!

    Is there a particular brand/type of paint that you recommend? Did you get you drill bit from there as well?ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 9:19 pm

      Manda - So glad you like the project! There’s no particular brand of paint – I usually just buy whatever is cheapest or on sale in the colors I like. I used just regular acrylic paint for this. They might have the drill bit and pin vise (that’s what holds the drill bit) at Michaels, I’ve never looked for them there before, so I can’t say for sure, but it seems like something a craft/hobby store would carry. Mine is just one my husband happened to have.ReplyCancel

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