O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…you dangle from my earlobes.
Yes, I know, they’re a skootch kitschy, but ’tis the season for kitsch, after all. I found these tiny wooden trees in the Dollar Spot at Target. You can get a whole bag full for three dollars, and make these earrings for family, friends, and fellow lovers of sparkly holiday jewels. It took a little engineering to make these work, the trees are composed of layers of wood and drilling them was overkill. You’ll need a sharp, thin awl and a small hammer and a gentle touch. The holes are placed a little lower on the trees, and ball tipped headpins add a decorative element to the finished design. Grab the instructions below and you can whip up a forest of tiny trees!
Ho, ho, ho!
Materials and Tools (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase, we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we keep our tiny Christmas tree stash stocked.)
Tiny Wood Trees from Target Dollar Spot (or you can find similar trees here, you’ll need to paint them)
Tiny Flat Back Swarovski Crystal Mix
2 Ball Head Pins
2 Dapped and Spring Earring Wires
E6000 Jewelry Adhesive
Crystal Katana Tool
Chain Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters
Step one: Use a small, sharp awl to create a hole in the center front of each earring. I gently hammered the awl, twisting and hammering until it pierced through the wood. GENTLY remove the awl, twisting as you pull it to prevent from breaking the wood.
Step two: Thread the front of each earring with a ball tipped head pin.
Step three: Bend head pin flush to back of earring at a 90 degree angle as shown.
Step four: Grasp head pin as shown, and form a loop around the jaws of the plier. (Grasp, push around jaws, wrap around into loop.)
Step five: Grasp tail with chain nose pliers and tightly wrap tail around core wire twice, this is a coiled loop.
Step six: Nip wire end with wire cutters and tuck tail under with chain nose pliers.
Step seven: Adjust loop so it is facing forward as shown.
Step eight: Use awl to dab glue spots on tree.
Step eight: Pick up crystals with Katana tool and place into glue. Use the metal end of tool to gently press the crystals into the glue. Let this dry.
Step nine: Attach earring wires to loop using chain nose pliers.
Step ten: Jingle, Jangle, Jingle!
Who says Christmas jewelry can’t be Haute Couture? (This photo is not to scale, the earrings are smaller. Though you can buy bigger trees if you so choose!)
These make great stocking stuffers or thank you gifts! I’m just sayin’…
If you make a pair of DIY Christmas Tree Earrings, we’d love to see them! Share photos on our Facebook page and come back soon to see what other holiDIY delights we have in store.