Here's the thing about DIYs. I love them, but I want them to look exactly like the real thing and take less than 30 minutes to complete. We've all seen jewelry DIYs that seem exciting, but then you see the final product and think, "Eh, it looks like you made that." My suggestion at that point is usually, just buy it. Unless however, it's sold out. This was the case with BaubleBar's Tinkerbell Ear Cuff. I really wanted it, but it was gone.
I'm not sure why I was so fixated on it, but I was. They're a bit edgier than my normal jewelry and it seemed like something fun to try out. You see, I never dared to get a piercing that high. My ER doctor father filled my adolescent brain with graphic horror stories of piercings gone wrong. Thanks Dad! I'm not actually that into my regular earrings (I often wear small studs or nothing) but these intrigued me.
Since necessity is the mother of invention (and obviously these were necessary to my life). I decided to make my own. Thankfully, Honestly WTF is lightyears ahead of me in coolness and they wrote a tutorial on ear cuffs back in 2013. Their tutorial however, was for a pierced earring and I was looking for something that can clip on the top of my ear. So, I used their basic description and modified it for my needs. Here is how you can make one on your own.
- Clip on earrings
- Small metal gold tube
- Crystals in various shapes and sizes
- Glue (I used E6000)
- A hammer
I got my supplies at Toho Shoji in Manhattan. I bought a few small crystals there, and decided to take apart a broken necklace that I had for the smaller gems. (I always keep old jewelry to reuse in DIYs..and once ever four years use it).
Take one of your gold tubes and carefully hammer it until it's flat.
Now, start applying the jewels in whatever pattern you like best. I tried to emulate the look of the Tinkerbell Cuff that I liked so much.
And ta-da. You are a DIY Queen.
I was on a roll so I made two.
Here it is in action...
It is surprisingly comfortable to wear and a fun way to shake up your earring game. But most importantly, it was super simple and easy to execute. Total cost? $13 dollars.