Introduction: Christmas Tree Earrings.

Earrings are always a nice gift, especially if they are hand-made.

These earrings are ideal as Christmas gifts, but neutral enough to wear all year round.

Even better, once you've got the materials, they only take ten minutes or so to produce the finished pair.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • Silver-plated copper wire (I used 0.8mm thick wire, which is easily sourced at your favourite online auction website, but you could use any reasonably-soft metallic wire.  Just remember that non-coated copper can turn skin green).
  • Silver-plated "fish hook" ear wires (I also purchased these online.  Strangely, it proved far cheaper to buy a pack of five pairs than a single pair.  Hundreds were even cheaper.  You could use any ear-fixing you like, but I wanted the dangle effect).
  • Narrow-nosed pliers (I used my Leatherman, but specialist jewellery pliers are available quite cheaply).
  • A sharp pencil (If you're going to make lots of these, I would recommend sharpening a dowel, since the pencil "lead" can be snapped off quite easily).

Step 2: Wrapping.

The wire I used cam in a six metre length, way more than I needed, or was convenient to handle, so I cut off a few turns of the coil.

Using the pliers, I made a small loop in the end of the wire, and held it at the point of the pencil.

I then wrapped the wire around the pencil until it "looked right".

Wrapping was fiddlier than it sounds, because the wire tried to slide along to the point, which messed up the slope of the spiral.  I found that the easiest thing to do was hold the pencil in my right hand with my little and ring fingers, wrap the wire around the point with my thumb and first two fingers, and keep the coil pushed firmly onto the point of the pencil with my left hand.

Step 3: The Trunk.

These are supposed to be trees, so they need a trunk.

I bent the wire directly across the base of the tree, then down at a 90º angle, and trimmed it off to an aesthetically-pleasing length.

Step 4: Repeat

Earrings traditionally come in pairs, so you'll need to make a second.

As you make your second earring, it's important to keep an eye on your first, comparing as you go to make sure the two aerrings end up as similar as possible.

Box them up, present them to the intended recipient, and you're done.

Kitewife is wearing these as I type.

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VMarzeva made it!(author)2016-12-02

Wow it does look amazing!!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2016-12-03

Thank you!

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Livrephotofr made it!(author)2016-11-23

It looks pretty fine but I'm not sure I am skilled enough to do it perfectly round... :/

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Kiteman made it!(author)2016-11-23

You can practice with cheap copper wire - it's surprisingly easy when you try!

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Lithium+Rain made it!(author)2012-03-08

Haha, that's awesome. I bet they would be even cooler with green and/or red colored wire. :D (Hm, that reminds me to replicate a pair of wire twist earrings I made, but of DNA rather than trees...)

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Kiteman made it!(author)2012-03-08

Thanks!

I did think of coloured wire, but Kitewife wanted them to be subtle enough to wear out of season as well.

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ralwine made it!(author)2012-01-06

I sure do wish I'd found this site and "instructable" sooner.....lol! These are just too cute!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2012-01-07

Thank you - you could still make them, just don't call them "Christmas" trees.

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hardlec made it!(author)2011-12-10

Nice idea. A couple of observations:

Many wali-worlds sell colored wire. You can make the tree from green wire, and even add seed bead ornaments.
You can usually find both french hooks and clips on findings(hardware) there too.
Darice is a great source of craft wire. It has a corporate web site, Google it if you want.
The part that touches the ear needs to be "hypo-allergenic" the tree body is less important for this. A coat of clear fingernail polish can reduce "green ear" problems?

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ralwine made it!(author)2012-01-06

There is also a product the works like nail polish that is intended for this purpose exactly, but I can't remember the name of it at just this moment... :)

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-10

Thanks for the extra information.

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ZoDo made it!(author)2011-12-28

Nice job. I had a similar idea, but I wanted to use polimer clay instead of wire. Never got the time to make them, instead I made some reindeer earings for my wife https://www.instructables.com/id/Handmade-Reindeer-earrings/...she loves them.

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fjordcarver made it!(author)2011-12-11

My wife loves them, thanks for the great instructions and idea!

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2011-12-10

I like how this is so simple and looks so cute!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-10

They look good on as well, but Kitewife's too shy to model them online.

She also says they're comfy, and has been wearing them since I made them.

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-11

These are so cute! I am with Mrs K. I have never been good at speeches, pictures, or crowds. I can relate. Wished I had a model when I make stuff that needs worn. You should enter the bling contest next week. Find some micro bling to glue on the tree and maybe a miniature star? They are cute plain as well. Have you made any more? I am wondering what type. I personally don't wear them but I would make them for someone else. Is the wire very expensive? How difficult is it to bend? You guys have strength that women don't have. Birds would look so cute!
sunshiine

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-11

The wire and fishhooks came to less than £5 between them (good old ebay!), and that was for 5 pairs of hooks and six metres of wire.

The wire is easy to bend (it's mostly copper, after all), especially with pliers, it was just a fiddle to get it wrapped accurately around the pencil (it took four goes to make two earrings). I did discover a hole in my fingertip afterwards, but I worked out that I had cut the wire at an angel, making a point.

(Bling contest? What bling contest?)

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-11

My hubby was away last year and I had to fend fer meself when the kitchen faucet broke. I did fix it with his help talking me through it BUT I tweaked the pipe ! He mentioned yesterday that we needed to get it fixed this spring. I bought some wire to play with and it was too difficult to bend. That is why I was wondering. I thought it was copper but I could not bend it. I did not have a good pair of pliers though. the contest is not posted yet. It starts around Monday under scooch's weekly. You can read it on the comment section of the this weeks contest. Have a nice day! Sunshiine

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-11

I guess it depends how thick it is - this was 0.8mm, but you can get thinner, and real silver is softer than silver-plated copper.

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Selorian made it!(author)2011-12-11

Great instructable! I've made a pair for my wife and one for a friend she works with. I used green floral wire salvage from a flower arrangement and paper clips for the French hooks.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-11

I hope the paper clips are stainless steel?

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Selorian made it!(author)2011-12-11

Yes, they are .041 stainless steel (standard #1 paperclip size).

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MarciaB. made it!(author)2011-12-11

I'll be sitting down making these TODAY! Such a great idea! Thanks!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-11

You're welcome!

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Very+Interesting made it!(author)2011-12-10

I LOVE this!

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-10

Thank you!

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canucksgirl made it!(author)2011-12-10

Very nice earrings!

Maybe you could also make a note for people not to use nickel based metals either, because many people (including myself) are allergic, which I can tell you is NOT fun.

Great ible.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-10

I think you just did!

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jessyratfink made it!(author)2011-12-10

Oh, so sweet! I bet they'd be cute with a little wire star on top too. :D

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Kiteman made it!(author)2011-12-10

Probably, but then they wouldn't be so wearable "out of season".

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