I’d like to apologize for not posting this a lot sooner. A lot of winter holidays have already passed, and it has already been winter for some time. I’m sure you all were looking forward to look quite festive. However, it’s still winter where I am. And did I ever mention how much I love winter, because I do.
To get started, you will need a few things:
- Jewelry hooks (also called “findings?”), unfortunately this might lead you to a craft store. A group of these can range from $3-$5 where I am, which are either gold/silver plated or hypoallergenic. If you want to spend less money these, you might get them cheaper if they aren’t hypoallergenic, and then you can coat them completely with clear nail polish and let them dry for 24 hours first.
- Optional but highly recommended: Little metal circles (also called “jump rings“) to attach to your jewelry hooks. These typically come in a pack with your jewelry hooks, but if not, there are ways to tie your own knot with a needle and thread. Buying a large pack of these will cost you no more than $3. (You will have to jump down to the “Snowball/Pom Pom” tutorial to learn how to tie a string into a circle and attach to a earring hook)
- A needle and thread: $1 comes in handy.
- Scissors with a fine point, or some sort of tiny needle nose pliers. The pliers are far easier and faster for me but I will show you how to do it with a scissor.
- Small winter-themed items you want to attach to your earrings: I spent no more than $2 on any large group of the items I brought below. Don’t go crazy, check the item next to your ear before you buy it, some items are too big and some items are far too heavy. Keep an eye out for mini-dollhouse items, scrapbooking items, ornaments for different holidays, floral items, etc. I spent less than $9 for every attachment you see in the picture below and I honestly have way too many:
So here are all the items I bought, go ahead and thread your needle ahead of time, and make a knot at the end. Any type of knot you want, but make at least 3 in the same spot to be sure. I made at least 5 on mine.
Miniature Present Earrings: You need to read this first if you’re going to use the metal circles and attach them to your earrings. I brought this pack for $1 and was hard pressed to find matching ones, so I just went with red. This is great for those of you who participate in holidays that give gifts, and you can save it later for your birthday.
- Pick up one of those little circles you have “jump rings” and stick your scissors/pliers through it’s hole. move it down as far as you can. Then slowly widen the ring to open a space in the ring.
Left: Pliers, Right: Scissors, excuse the rusty scissor.
- Take your jewelry hook and slip it through the bottom hole of the jewelry hook
- Hold onto the ring and slip it onto any hole or string you see attached to your decoration. Make sure to not let your earring hook fall off.
- Close the loop with your scissors or pliers, sometimes if the space is too wide, you can close it with your finger first. I’m using scissors below to show you since pliers are typically easier. Make sure there is no gap in the circle, even if it means having the circle overlapped a bit.
- Follow steps 1-4 for the other side.
Glittery Star Earrings: You can use this tutorial for any item that does not already have a hole in it. I brought a huge pack of these for $1.49.
- Gather up all your materials, two stars (if your stars are double sided glittery), four stars if they are not double sided, 2 jump holes and two earring hooks.
- Peel off the backs of the stars if they are not double sided. If they are double sided, skip this step and move to step 4
- Press the stars together evenly. If your stars are not sticky, you can glue them together this way as well.
- Poke a hole at the very top of the star. I used a thumbtack for the picture, but a needle works the same. The higher the hole is, the easier it is to attach the jump ring, trust me.
- Slip the jump ring through the hole you made, then slip the jewelry hook on the end, and squeeze together. if this step confuses you, go up to steps 1-4 in the “Miniature Present” tutorial at the top of this article.
- Repeat steps 1-5 for both sides
Snowball/Pom-Pom Earrings: I preferred white because they looked like snowballs, but feel free to use any color you like. These pom poms were actually the most expensive item I bought, at $1.79
- Gather two of your pom poms, a threaded needle with a knot at the end, and a jewelry hook. I’m using black thread so that you can see where I am sewing, but using a thread that matches your item will look much better.
- If your pom poms are sparkly like mine, feel free to fluff them up before you get into sewing. Then find any spot, although an “uglier” or more bald part is the best, to stick the needle through and begin sewing.
- Pull the thread ALL THE WAY Through, the knot should be stuck. If the thread gets pulled through the pom, you need to make more knots at the end. Honestly, I doubt there is a such thing as too many knots at the end of the string.
- Go ahead and thread the needle through the loop below the earring hook. If you are using this tutorial because you have no jump ring, this is basically how you make your own “ring” out of thread.
- Put the needle back through the same spot you previously sew in your pom. If you are using this tutorial because you have no jump ring, put the needle straight through the original hole you made again.
- Pull the thread tight so that the pom is very close to the earring hook. Keep repeating threading your needle through the hole below the earring hook and the same spot of your pom. Do this AT LEAST three times, I doubt you can overdo the amount of times you can do this.
- Make a knot at the end very close to the pom, make several knots. There can never be enough knots.
- When you feel secure in the amount of knots you have, cut the end of the string that is not knotted
- Repeat steps 2-8 for your other pom. Feel free to fluff them as much as you want, they tend to go flat if you leave them on the table too long.
Flower Earrings: Has it been forever? I wanted to make sure I covered all types of doodads you will find for cheap this winter. This item is for the items that seem to be made for craftier-people, possible a wreath or tree ornament? I’m not sure. It comes with a pipe cleaner at the end, some have bendable sticks. I scored this for $1.79. I wanted to make gold earrings, but it was the last one and the other gold one was damaged. However, you might have better luck in your stores.
- These earrings are so large that you most likely want two matching colors, so put those aside, and two jewelry hooks. This is all you will need.
- Bend the pipe cleaner/bendable string straight upwards. Keep in mind that line will be leading straight to your ear, so if the angle is ugly, rotate the flower and then bend it upwards.
- Small wires and pipe cleaners thread easily though the holes below your jewelry hook, so thread one straight through the hole.
- Bend the excess of the wire down, so that your hook is facing upwards. Wrap the wire down and around it’s bottom so that it won’t untangle. Now is also a good time to make sure your earring is facing the right side. if you put it on, you want the flower to be facing forward, and the pointy-open part of your hook to be facing backward. If you have it in the wrong spot, you can twist the whole earring while holding the wire to the right spot.
- If there happens to be two wires on your flower, wrap the other wire around the first wire.
- Repeat steps 2-5 for your other flower. Make sure the wires are relatively the same length as well. Personally, I think a blue flower would suit this look best, but red was the only one I could find.
Snowflake earrings! Last but not least, this tutorial is for items that already have holes at them at the top. This pack of snowflakes cost me $0.79 and I have way too many.
- Set aside two earring hooks, two jump rings, and 2 snowflakes. I honestly don’t know why there are already looped and tied strings attached, so I cut them off.
- Thread your jump ring through the hole already in the item, and also though the hole in your earring hook. If this confuses you, please refer to steps 1-4 in the “Miniature Presents Earrings” tutorial at the top of the page.
- Repeat for the other side.
And that’s all I have for you all! If anything is unclear, please feel free to comment, I want to make sure that these tutorials are simple, cheap, and clear. I’ll try to keep an eye on the comments to this post.
Enjoy your winter season, you’ll be set with these until spring!