Wood Earrings are definitely an unique DIY handmade item to gift someone. 🎄🎁 The best part is, you can make several pairs with only a small piece of scrap wood.
What makes this a unique gift?🎁
Jewelry gifts don’t have to be precious gems and metals. Wood grains differ from wood to wood and differs between every piece even if you cut it out from the same wood. Those non identical patterns definitely make them unique and one of a kind. Doesn’t that make a great personalized gift rather than picking an item that is mass produced with the same pattern or style?
What wood to use?
You can use any kind of scrap wood that has beautiful bold wood grains on it. I chose this zebrawood that’s been lying around in my workshop for a long time. It’s got wonderful patterns to make the jewelry more unique. Even if you do not have any exotic woods in hand, use any type that is easily available to you. Pine wood is something I use very commonly in my projects. I had so many of them lying around. So, I also made a pair of earring using pine wood to show you that any type of wood will work.
TOOLS & MATERIALS USED:
- Scrap wood – Zebrawood & Pine
- Table Saw
- Miter Saw
- Orbital Sander
- Power drill + 1/8 drill bit
- Earring hook kit
- Feed N Wax
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This DIY is one of the three projects I make in below video.
DIY Wood Earrings – STYLE -1
STEP – 1 : CUT
This scrap wood piece is approximately 1 inch thick. I cut them into thin strips with a table saw. To do this, set the blade distance to 1/4 inch and cut slowly. If you have zero clearance plate, then use it. I do not have one, so I chose the scrap wood to be long enough for it to pass beyond the reving knife and I held the strip until it’s fully cut. Otherwise the thin strip might fall under the blade.
Next, stack the strips and tape them together. Set miter saw to 22 and a half degree angle and cut the edge off. Then determine how long do you want the earring to be and and cut accordingly. Here, I am cutting the strip to 2”. You can make several cuts like this depending upon the number of earrings you wanna make.
STEP – 2 : SANDING
After cutting, sand them smooth and curve the edges with 220 grit sandpaper. To make things faster, I clamped the power sander to work table and sanded the sides of the wood pieces.
STEP – 3 : DRILL HOLE AND FINISH
Secure the earring on a scrap wood using double sided tape. Then, drill a small hole on one end of the earring using 1/8 drill bit for the earring hooks. Finally, finish with a clear sealer. I used two coats of orange oil feed n wax on them and Let them dry.
STEP – 4 : ADD HOOKS
This is the earring kit I bought from amazon. It comes with rings, hooks and earring backs. First add the ring into this hole, then add the hook. There you go!
The wood grains on these earrings looks gorgeous, doesn’t it? Every piece will be unique with this pattern. I think that’s what makes it a very personal handmade gift.
I made a couple more with pine wood and mahogany strips in the same way and personalized it. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
DIY Wood Earrings – STYLE -2
These earrings are made by cross cutting the wood on miter saw instead of cutting along the grain. I think these grains are more gorgeous than style – 1. What do you think?
DIY Wood Earrings – STYLE -3
This earring is made with 1/2 inch thick pine wood. It is cut in same way as the Style – 1 earring. Painted the lower end with black paint and finished with clear sealer.