Since my freshman year of college I have had a total of nine holes in my ears. (What can I say? I was a rebellious teenager. Ha!) Let me tell you, that is a lot of earrings to change, so unless I’m going to a fancy event, I pretty much always wear the same earrings in seven of those holes.
For awhile I was wearing little studs I had bought at Claire’s accessories eons ago, but after having them for more than a decade they started to follow apart or turn funky colors.
I decided to replace all of my earrings with small silver hoops, so off to the mall I went in hunt of enough hoops for all of my holes. I stopped dead in my tracks when I looked at the pricetag of those things. I was looking at spending over $50 in the most basic earrings when it dawned on me: I could totally make some small hoop earrings myself.
I mean, duh, I do make jewelry for a living.
But you most definitely do not need to be a jeweler to make basic hoop earrings for yourself. Heck, you don’t even need to own any fancy tools to make these. They are are super easy and really quick to make. (In fact, it took me longer to take the photos for this tutorial than it did to make the actual earrings.)
First, collect your tools & materials. Here is what you will need (please note that some of the supplies listed contain affiliate links, which means if you click on the and make a purchase I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you!):
- Round wire (I used 20 gauge sterling silver wire–FYI, the larger the number, the thinner the wire is)
- A flush cutter or something to cut the wire
- A pen, sharpie marker or something about that wide
- Round nose pliers or something with a thin, tapered point (a pencil could work)
- Something to sand down the wire: a nail file, a piece of sand paper
Take the round nose pliers (or whatever substitute you are using) and make a small loop at one end of the wire.
Now wrap the wire, starting at the loop, around your pen, holding the loop flat against the surface of the pen.
Here’s what it should look like now:
(Oh man, are my hands screaming for some lotion or what? Yikes!)
Slip the wire off of the pen and trim the wire so it just goes past the loop.
Sand down the end so it isn’t sharp and rinse the earring off with some soap and water. Boom, done! Your simple hoop earring is now ready to be worn. How easy what that?
Just a quick tip: keep the earrings on the smaller side. Too big, and they will easily squish and lose their shape. Because these are small it doesn’t matter if they aren’t perfectly round, though they will look kinda silly if they are large and misshapen. But hey, if that’s your thing, who am I to judge?
These simple small hoop earrings are also available for purchase in my shop!