Holiday earrings should only be worn from December until the first of the year. They are iconic of the season, and they add a festive touch to a mid-winter wardrobe, especially party apparel. Instead of buying a pair, create these easy homemade Christmas tree earrings. They are simple but impressive, and they can include beads that represent mini ornaments. Make several pairs for yourself, and use embellishments of different colors and designs for each set. They also make fantastic gifts, and no one will ever guess that you made them yourself.
For homemade Christmas tree earrings you will need ear wires, either with or without beaded tops, a wire jig that will allow you to perfectly loop and curve the metal, green enameled jewelry wire and three beads with holes that are large enough to accommodate the wire. A small pair of needle-nose pliers is also helpful. If you want to top each earring as you would top a Christmas tree, buy small gold or silver metal stars or faux star-shaped gems and a tube of J-B Weld.
You can find wire jigs online and in major craft stores for less than $20 each. It consists of a sturdy grid and removable pegs. It makes wire wrapping a breeze. If you plan on making several pairs of Christmas tree earrings and other jewelry, the tool is well worth the investment. It can be used to make pendants, rings, bracelets and many other decorative items.
If you do not want to buy a wire jig, you can create something similar using a wooden board or block and seven finishing nails. Using the photo as a guide, place the nails where the seven loops are located. The earrings are approximately one-inch wide at the base, and the branches are about ¼ inch apart. Also, the loops on the right are just a few millimeters lower than those on the left. If you decide to use a board, keep it for making dozens of pairs of Christmas tree earrings. You are sure to receive numerous compliments and requests after wearing yours.
Begin by wrapping the wire around the top peg or nail, and gently curve it around to the left to create an eye hook. Thread a bead onto every other wire. Continue wrapping the wire from left to right until completing the Christmas tree. End with a gently curved loop. Finish by attaching an ear wire to the top, and make a second earring to match the first one. If desired, attach a metal or faceted crystal star to the top of the green loop. Your homemade holiday earrings will be more unique than anything available in stores.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience