I am always on the lookout for easy and fun handmade gift ideas. These DIY wood burned earrings are a cinch to make, and they are so stylish and fun to wear! They truly look like they belong in a trendy boutique, but no one will ever guess they are an easy DIY gift idea that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Continue reading for all of the details for how to make these beauties in just a few simple steps!
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To make these DIY Wood Burned Earrings, you will need…
- Plaid 2 in 1 Woodburning Craft Tool
- Wood tag embellishments (I found some in both the scrapbooking and jewelry making sections)
- Washi tape
- Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Paint in assorted colors
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gold Liquid Gilding
- Jump rings
- Fishhook earring findings
- Jewelry-making pliers
Outfit the woodburning tool with the chisel tip. Plug in the tool, and turn it on. Allow it to heat completely.
When the tool is heated, use the tip to carefully create designs on the wood shapes. Some fun options are honeycombs like those below, which are created by placing the flat end of the tool against the surface of the wood circle to form the six adjoining sides of a hexagon shape…
…but you really can’t go wrong with just playing and experimenting to create any design that suits your fancy. When using a woodburning tool, I really like the chisel tip best, since it helps to make precise, straight lines for geometric shapes like hexagons, triangles and squares. TIP: When embellishing the discs, try to make a design in mirror image so the earrings have a balanced design when worn.
When the burned design is complete, mask off the design with washi tape, and then apply the paint and/or liquid gilding with a brush on either side of the taped-off portion, applying the paint in strokes away from the tape to prevent the paint from bleeding underneath. Allow the paint to dry 15 minutes before removing the tape, and then set the shapes aside.
Use pliers to affix a 1/8″ jump ring to the loop on the bottom of each of a fishhook earring finding.
Use pliers to open up a larger jump ring (the size needed will vary depending upon the size of the wood circle used, but for reference, mine were 1/4″), and then feed the ring through the hole at the top of the disc.
Feed the small jump ring onto the larger jump ring, making sure to do so in a way that allows the fishhook finding to face the correct way when worn.
Use pliers to close the larger jump ring to secure everything in place. Repeat these steps to secure the other findings to the remaining wood disc.
In just a matter of minutes, you have a handmade pair of DIY wood burned earrings that are perfect for packaging up to give as a special gift!
I was able to make all of the earrings seen here in just about 30 minutes–can you believe it?
Using wood shapes of varying sizes and shapes and using different color schemes and designs makes this a wonderful gift idea that can be tailored to any recipient’s personal style!
In addition to being super fun to make, these earrings are super fun to wear, too! I wore the teal and gold pair out running errands the other day, and I got so many compliments!
On the lookout for even more fabulous gift ideas that can be made in 30 minutes or less? Don’t miss these terrific projects from my fellow Plaid Creators!
And for even more quick and easy handmade gift ideas, don’t miss some of my favorites from the PS archives!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.