These DIY wood earrings are inspired by folk art painting and geometric layers by using stacked squares. I used bright purple, green, and blues, as those are colors I’ve been using a lot lately, but you can use any color palette you wish. Wood is a great durable material and can make for lightweight oversized earrings that have plenty of dimension. You can easily find mixed bags of wood shapes at the craft store that can be combined for an endless array of geometric designs when you are learning how to make earrings. The folk art style of using lines and circles, is easy enough for most people to do. I like to layer the shapes for a more interesting design. You can make it as simple or intricate as you desire. Folklore and folk art designs have become very trendy lately. This is a simple way of incorporating that trend into your DIY accessories and crafting.
- 6 Wood squares – You need 2 small, 2 medium, and 2 large. These can be purchased in a big pack of wood shapes
- Acrylic paint in bright green, purple, bright blue, and light blue
- Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
- E-6000 glue
- 2 Earring posts
- Detail paint brushes – I like the Mod Podge pack from Plaid Crafts, that they kindly sent me. They are better quality and smaller than what I had
- Wax paper – Great for protecting your work surface
- Water and paper towels – Wash and dry your brushes between each color
1) Using the large brush from the pack, paint the large squares bright green, the medium squares purple, and the small squares bright blue. Let them dry. Give the tops a second coat, the color is opaque and even. Don’t paint the backs, just the tops and sides.
2) Using Tacky Glue, adhere the medium squares to the centers of the large squares. Adhere the small squares to the centers of the medium squares, but turned at an 90 degree angle. I noticed the smaller squares aren’t perfectly square, so the angled positioning looks best. Let them completely dry. If you feel they aren’t pressed flat, you can sandwich the pieces in between wax paper, and press them under a heavy book.
3) Using the 4 paint colors and a tiny detail brush, add circles, dots, and lines to decorate the pieces. Let the paint dry completely.
4) Flip the pieces over. Apply a little E-6000 to the back of one earring post. Press the earring post onto one corner of the wood back. Repeat for the other earring and post. Let dry for 24 hours before wearing.
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