Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Homemade Button Earrings

I LOVE LOVE LOVE earrings! I always go through a phase of jewelry preference and now it is earrings.  Earrings are such a simple fashion statement! The only problem with earrings is that they cost (in my opinion) too much money. Perhaps I am cheap, but I like to think of myself as thrifty and creative! :)

You could spend anywhere from $12-$25 on a pair of earrings (give or take depending on brand and quality).  While I was looking for a cute new pair of earrings at the store I became saddened by the price, until my mind started to turn. Instead of purchasing my chosen pair of earrings, I headed to a craft store and bought a bunch of buttons, 1/2 the price of the one pair of earrings I was going to buy...

And a pair of earring backs. (Ask any craft store for this if you can't find it in the jewelry section. I have seen them at JoAnn's. Michaels, Roberts, and Hobby Lobby).

I didn't want my earrings to have holes and look like an actual button (although that would be cute if it were your style) so I bought buttons with the hole on the back of the button.

My husband has a drill that will take the backs off easily, but for those who don't have access to a drill, I have also removed the back with a hammer. No trick here, just hit the back of the button with a hammer until the back breaks off. (Warning, do not do this on important tables, you will dent the table. Instead place the button on a book you don't care about or on carpet).

Then you super-glue your button to the earring back.

You will have so many options. I have even painted some of mine for fun!


kimsy said...

I love these. I have done something similar in the past. Another great source is sweaters that are missing buttons that you are going to replace anyways.

Jennifer said...

Oh my, these are super cute!! I have seen button earrings with the holes and I am not a big fan. I am going to give these a try. I love big round earrings and like you I just spent way to much on my last pair. This makes me want to rummage threw the buttons I have today. Thanks.

Erica said...

I love these too!! I don't wear earings very often, because they are expensive. Great solution to the problem

apple blossom said...

my sister-in-law taught me this trick 20+ years ago. I can make earrings to match my outfit's buttons. sew nice.