Lately I've been feeling my personal style shift to simpler, more modern pieces. I'm not sure where my wardrobe is going to end up after I settle into my new look, but in the meantime, I've been experimenting with minimally styled accessories. I had an idea for a set of earrings and was so delighted with how easy they were to make! That's the whole point of my style evolution after all. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
-2 tiny eyelet screws (I found mine in the wood crafts section of a craft store.)
-2 dangle earring hooks
-wood stain + rag/paper towel to apply
-white oil-based primer + paint
-painter's tape (optional for brushing on paint, but necessary if using spray paint)
-saw (any kind of saw will work, but a miter saw will give you the cleanest cut)
-sandpaper (around 180 grit will work)
-paint brush (unless you are using spray paint)
Step One: Cut the square dowels to size. Mine are about 2" long. I used a miter saw but am showing a small craft blade here as a suggested tool that could also work on a soft wood.
Step Two: Sand down the edges of the cut dowels.
Step Three: Stain the wood dowels with the desired color. I used Minwax's Golden Oak stain.
Step Four: Paint the tips of the wooden dowels with primer and then your paint color of choice. You must use primer or the paint will soak into the wood and the finish will crack and peel away. Using masking tape as a guide is optional for brush painting but obviously necessary for spray painting.
Step Five: Screw the eyelet hooks into the top of the wooden dowel. You can do this by hand or use pliers to help twist it in place.
Step Six: Use small pliers to pull open the earring hooks. Loop the hook onto the eyelets and close the hook to join the pieces.
I love the modern, crafty look of these earrings. There are so many possibilities, too! Change the length or width of the dowels, paint patterns on the wood, or use any colors you wish.
I might use my leftover materials and masking tape to make some patterned earrings to give to friends. What kind would you make? –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.
What kind of primer did you use? What kind of paint? Just craft acrylic paint?
Hi! Love these!!! If I use oil based paint do I still need the primer? Thank you!
Probably not but it may depend on the colors you choose.
How cute and so simple. Thank you for a great idea!
So cute! My husband makes some lovely wood jewelry, too! I might have to try these!
Ah! These are so simple and look so good. I think these might be going to some people for Christmas. 🙂
These earrings add such a cute, edgy twist on a plain outfit. Love, love, love!
I totally agree! I am loving simple, modern pieces right now – have you heard of these two shops? They are my current faves… https://www.etsy.com/shop/barberryandlace and http://rebekahgough.bigcartel.com/
So simple but they look great, I want to make some
These are super cute! I’ll have to see if I can find some of those tiny eyelet screws!
I LOVE these earrings! Thanks for sharing your useful tutorial, Mandi!
They actually looks really cute! Not overdone at all.
So cute and easy! Love it!
These are SO lovely. Thanks for sharing!!
So clever and so cute!!!!
Oh my these are super cute and looks very doable 😉 Thank you so much for sharing and you look beautiful in that last picture btw!
Loving this idea. So simple, so elegant… Good thing I stocked up on eyelet hooks last weekend.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend, Tobia
oh, these are lovely! great idea!
Oh my goodness, these are great! I would make a chevron patterned pair!
These are super cute! Brilliant gift idea!
Xx from the Girl in the Houndstooth Coat