DIY: Feather Earrings

First it was feathers in the hair, now it’s feathers everywhere! Two years ago I came back from a visit to Boulder with these particular feathers in my hair and have been planning on getting them put back in, but since I’ve been too lazy to, I decided tonight I would make them into earrings. I’m pretty excited about the outcome! Here’s how you can make some yourself:

Materials:

  • wire cutters
  • round-nose pliers
  • chain-nose pliers
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 earring hooks
  • 2 earring pins
  • 18-20 rooster tail feathers (or any kind of feathers you’d like, make sure they’ll fit in a crimp)
  • 10 inches 20 gauge copper (or any color you’d like) wrapping wire (you can find this at most craft stores, it’s very inexpensive)
  • beads of your choice (I used two glass green beads and 4 copper-colored pony beads)

Step by step:

(1) create the beaded part of the earring by putting the beads on the earring pins. next, put use your round-nose pliers to make a loop at one end, cut off the head of the pin using the wire cutters, and make a loop on that end as well. cut off any excess. (2) next, take your feathers and bunch them together. put the crimp around the ends, and pinch it together about half an inch down from the top. (3) using your wire cutters, cut the wrapping wire in half so you have two 5″ pieces. starting just underneath the crimp, wrap the wire around the feathers until you reach the top of them using your chain-nose pliers. [this part can be a little bit difficult; if you don’t have any experience you may want to use a thinner wire, possibly a 22 or 24 gauge one. if so, you will need a longer piece of wire. cut 10″ per earring to be safe and trim off any excess.] once you reach the top of the feathers, use your round-nose pliers to create a loop. trim off any excess. (4) open the top loop of the beaded part of the earrings and attach one to each earring hook. (5) open the bottom loop of the beaded part of the earrings and attach to the feather loops. (6) repeat steps 1-5 for the second earring. (7) admire my beautifully painted nails.

Congratulations! If you made it through this relatively simple tutorial, you now have a beautiful pair of feather earrings to sport! If not, don’t worry! Either comment on this post to ask for some tips or just retry it again after reading a chapter of your book, watching your favorite movie, or maybe even treating yourself to a margarita. Give yourself a break and come back to it.

I love these earrings because not only do they make it look as if I have feathers back in my hair, but I can wear them both together or just one at a time! Also, they’re only in when I want them to be. Enjoy 🙂

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DIY: Earring Holder

I have a LOT of jewelry, which means I’ve got more than a few earrings as well. I live in MA, but I go to the University of Colorado at Boulder, so a lot of my stuff is in storage out there, including my earring holder. (I got mine here, it’s very similar to this, but I also love this one.) Upon arriving home though, I made a huge mess on my sink because my earrings were scattered about the whole thing. I realized I needed a solution, but I didn’t want to spend any money. This easy DIY earring holder was the perfect answer! I found this great tutorial while Stumbling that day and realized this would be my simple, homemade solution that wouldn’t cost me a dime! I live by the ocean, and my family and I love collecting shells, so I have about a thousand shells downstairs and decided to do my own beachy variation. Here are some pics!

a box of our shells

my “sand”

the finished product!

I even made these three pairs myself!

Everything that I used for this project was lying around the house. The frame was an old one that I found in the basement (although it happened to be made of oak and if I hadn’t already decorating the frame prior to installing the wires, I would have chosen one of softer wood.) I used an old bucket of paint that was the original color of my bathroom; I didn’t do an extra coat because I liked the worn-out vintage feel that only a single coat gave the frame. The Martha Stewart glass beads are something I have in five or six different colors that I bought a while ago to use on projects. We didn’t find the starfish on the beach, those I bought at A.C. Moore about a year ago to use on projects. So I guess, technically, I spent a few dollars on this project, but I don’t count it because I bought those things a while ago! 😉