Introduction: Rustic Wooden Earrings

About: I like to make things and then make videos of making those things.

If you are searching for a last minute gift idea, search no further! Provided you have the parts listed in the supplies section you can crank out a few pairs of these earrings in an afternoon. It comes in handy when the night before your anniversary (or any other special day.)

If you watch the video above, I made up a story that I had forgotten my anniversary. While an obvious comical notion, I do not suggest actually forgetting your anniversary and waiting until the last minute to make your special person a pair of these earrings. Instead think ahead and make some in advance!

In the end, I actually ended up giving the ones featured here to my sister, who enjoys them and you can see pictures of her wearing them above.


Below are links to tools and materials I used in this article. It is either the exact tool/supply or something very close.

- Scrap wood (I used cherry, by any wood will work)

- Tiny eye screws

- Jump rings

- Sterling silver earring hooks

- Wood finish (I used Watco teak oil)


- Drill press

- Scroll saw

- Band saw

- Rotary tool

- Needle nose pliers

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Step 1: Drawing and Drilling

I grabbed a bit of scrap cherry that I had left over from another project and started drawing. I didn't really have a plan, so I just started drawing away. In the end I came up with this rounded triangle shape. I went over to the drill press and drilled out the three inside corners.

Step 2: Cutting It Out

I first took the work piece over to the scroll saw. I inserted the blade into one of the holes I drilled and then attached the blade back into the top. I then cut along the lines I had drawn. I personally like to do the inside scroll saw work first as there is more material to hold on to when scrolling.

I then went to the band saw and cut out the outside shape. This could have been done on the scroll saw as well, but I prefer my band saw as it cuts nicer and is much quieter.

Lastly I used my band saw to re-saw the work piece in half. If you are not comfortable with doing this with such a small work piece, then I suggest starting with two thinner pieces of wood and using double sided tape to stick them together. Then you can cut them at the same time (aka stack cutting.)

Step 3: Sanding

Everyone's favourite step, sanding! Luckily these are only small pieces and the idea is to make something "rustic" so it doesn't have to be perfect. I used my rotary tool (aka dremel) with a sanding drum attached. This helps to speed up the process and made it much easier to get into the tight corners.

Step 4: Drilling and Installing the Eye Screw

In order to install the eye screw into the earring, I first had to drill a small pilot hole. I used a center punch to make a divot in the center of the earring. Then using my smallest drill bit I drilled the pilot hole.

Note, instead of using the drill down action of the drill press, I pushed the work piece into the drill bit. I did this as I felt comfortable doing it this way. If you do not, then I suggest clamping the work piece and drilling it normally.

Subsequently, I screwed in the eye screw.

Step 5: Jump Ring and Earring Hook Installation

A jump ring is basically a circular piece of metal that allows you to join two closed loops. It has a small opening that can later be closed with use of needle nose pliers.

I first put the jump ring onto eye screw and then added the earring hook. I used a pair or needle nose pliers to close up the gap in the jump ring.

I repeated all these steps so that I had a matching pair of earrings.

*Note: I would like to apologize for the out of focus pictures. I could not get my camera to focus properly on these small items. I have since switched to a different camera for close ups so you shouldn't see such fuzzy pictures from me again!

Step 6: Adding Finish and Wrapping Up

Adding finish is always one of my favourite steps in any woodworking project as I love to see the colour in the wood pop! I used a simple oil finish (Watco teak oil) I like it because it is so simple. You wipe on the finish, wait a few minutes and then wipe off any excess.

I then grabbed a small box and put the earrings inside. I wrapped the box with some fancy wrap and some ribbon.

Step 7: Enjoy!

The last step is to give the gift. Now you can have the enjoyment of watching someone special open your gift and hopefully they will really love it! Alternatively, if you are making these for yourself, then I suggest having a mirror around. That way you can watch yourself and see that bit of joy when you first put them in your ears!

Lastly, don't forget that if you are going to make jewelry that there is an obligation to have a photo shoot where the item is placed in a tree. I am not sure why, but all of my online research shows that this is a requirement!

As I noted earlier, in the video I pretend that the earrings are an anniversary present, but in reality I have given them to my sister. She has received many compliments on them over the past few months and that makes me smile.

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