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Project

Acorn Earrings

Introduction

These earrings for your bridesmaids boast BFF-worthy qualities (they're hip, handmade, and look expensive) -- yet they cost just a few dollars.

The charming illustrations for the backing were created for us by Virginia-based illustrator Katy Jean May. If you like the style but want something different, you can commission her to draw something for you. Reach her at 215-356-9513.

Ours are sized to fit into a 2-1/8- by-3-inch jewelry box. The images are designed to have the larger white space toward the bottom of the box.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    With a pushpin, poke hole through acorn cap from underneath.

  2. Step 2

    Slide bead and cap onto a jewelry finding called a head pin.

  3. Step 3

    With needle-nose pliers, make a loop just above the cap, and cut away extra wire.

  4. Step 4

    Slide a hook on.

  5. Step 5

    Download Tree Card 1

  6. Step 6

  7. Step 7

  8. Step 8

    Use a small Japanese hole punch to make two holes along each branch for the earrings.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009

Reviews (3)

  • Lokeelee 25 Jul, 2011

    Love these, but I have one suggestion. A satin exterior/interior polyurethane varnish needs to be applied to the acorn caps. By coating them, it will preserve and protect them for years to come!

  • beadmomsw 11 Mar, 2011

    I LOVE these earrings! I'm so glad I collected acorns and acorn caps last fall (but hadn't decided what to do with them yet). I even think I have some faceted beads the right size...so I'll try to make these this weekend. Great project--easy but inventive!

  • InkPattie 11 Mar, 2011

    These earrings are absolutely adorable! They would make great charms, as well. I can't wait to go out and gather up some acorns now--I'm always wondering what to do with them. I think a set of earrings and a bracelet would be a nice start!