I recently got second holes pierced in my earlobes, so have been playing around with wearing – and making – more post earrings, rather than the beloved dangles I usually favor. This pair was inspired by the hexagonal geometry of snow and the shine of the holidays. And they can be made with recycled materials, so an extra win!
Materials: 1. Sturdy scissors or tin snips
2. Washed coffee can – one with a metal bottom, not a plastic one
3. Sharpie or similar marker
4. E600 or other strong glue – a hot glue gun won’t cut it!
5. Earring posts – or wire and pliers to make your own
6. Metal file
1. Using the sturdy scissors, separate the metal bottom of the can. You don’t need the cardboard cylinder, and can dispose of it.
2. Draw two identical hexagons on the metal disc. Mine are about 1/2″ between vertices.
Tip: cut out templates out of paper and trace on if you’re having trouble free-handing.
3. Using the sturdy scissors or tin snips, carefully cut out the hexagons. Try to cut just inside the line. If some marker is still left on your cut hexagons, you can remove it with rubbing alcohol.
4. Use the metal file to smooth off any rough edges and round the corners slightly.
5. Follow the directions on your glue and attach the earring posts to your hexagons. Once the glue cures, you’re done!
Tips and Suggestions:
1. While I made hexagons to reflect the six sides of a snow flake, you could also do triangles, rectangles, diamonds, etc.
2. If you have any tin flashing or similar metal scraps, it will work just as well as a can bottom. Aluminum cans can be cut too, but I find them a bit flimsy for post earrings…
3. Nail polish adheres pretty well to these, so paint on a coat or two for an enameled look!
May you get lots of compliments on your new earrings!