DIY Paint-Dipped Wooden Earrings

DIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsNow that you’ve met Araya Jensen of Wind & Willow Home, you know why I’m obsessed with the paint-dipped-wood look. I wanted to see if I could DIY a pair of earrings that looked a little like something inspired by the look of Wind & Willow Home pieces. While Araya uses a custom-mixed rubber coating for her dip, I wanted to see if I could pull off the project with materials I had on hand. I also had a feeling the rubber coating concept is a technique that takes a LOT of practice.DIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired Earrings

Using some wooden disks and ball hook wire earrings I found at my local craft store, plus painter’s tape, acrylic paint, and some silver gilding liquid I had on hand, I was able to make a rough approximation of a Wind & Willow Home-inspired earring. In fact, I made two pairs. (OK, OK, technically, I made three pairs, but there was a small incident where toddler hands found the third set before the first coat of paint fully dried, and they ended up in the trash due to smudgy fingerprints everywhere.)

These were super quick to make, and I got several compliments on the white/silver pair when I wore them yesterday. They may not be actual Wind & Willow Home earrings, but until Araya starts an earring line, the DIY version will have to do! DIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired Earrings

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Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsThese were the key inspirations for this project. I happened to see these small wooden disks while grabbing some supplies for a project and immediately started scheming. These were sort of hidden in the wooden goods aisle, next to all sorts of funny shaped wooden cut outs. I grabbed a package of the earring top thingies (totally a technical term) on my way out and was all set.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsInitially, I thought I was actually going to dip my wooden disks into my acrylic paint (more on why I didn’t in a minute), so I grabbed a few of these little condiment-to-go containers we had shoved in the back corner of a cabinet. I honestly have no clue why we had them. But they were perfect. I also gathered up a bunch of binder clips to hold the disks hanging down while the paint dried. Then I spotted some paper straws — perfect to suspend the binder clips. (And yes, the black/wood disks hanging in this photo are the ones sacrificed to the gods of toddler mischief.)

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsI learned very quickly that acrylic paint is actually super thick and not great for dipping. When I thinned it out with water, I ran into huge problems with bubbles. I had to regroup and recognize that unless I wanted to invest in more materials and supplies, these DIY earrings were going to have to settle for LOOKING dipped, but not actually being dipped. So, I taped off the disks at the midline and used a small flat paintbrush to paint on a coat of white to both pairs of remaining earrings.

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsOnce the white paint was dry, I used another small flat brush to carefully hand-paint a second coat of acrylic paint, this time in a lavender color. I left about half of the width of the white visible, so that you could see both colors clearly.

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsI let those dry, removed the tape and then drilled a tiny hole using my smallest drill bit at the very top. At this point, I realized that if I looped the ball hook wire earrings directly through the wooden disk, the earrings weren’t going to hang the way I wanted. So, I made a loop out of some silver wire I had on hand, and looped that through both the wooden disk and the ball hook wire earring. Done.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsOn the second pair of white painted wooden disks, I grabbed some silver gilding liquid I had in my stockpile. I wasn’t really sure if I could dip the earrings in the gilding and get a clean line, or if the gilding would bleed, but it was worth a shot. I poured a tiny bit into the bottom of my small cup and dipped with baited breath. Totally worked. So, at least ONE part of this particular pair of earrings is actually dipped. Again, a quick hole with the drill, then a loop of wire and the earring top thingy, and they were ready to wear.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDIY Wind & Willow Home-Inspired EarringsAnd here’s the silver/white combination as a finished product. These are my favorite of the two pairs that made it to completion. I love the wood/white/silver layered look, and I seem to pretty consistently wear outfits in a similar neutral color palette, so these work with a LOT of what I wear. When I cut my hair short, I became an instant big earring addict, so I’m always on the hunt for original earrings that are neutral enough to wear with many things. This time, I just happened to make them, instead of buy them!

Materials

  • wooden disks from a craft store
  • acrylic paint in 2-3 colors
  • silver gilding liquid
  • ball hook wire earrings

Tools

  • binder clips
  • pens/paper straws (to suspend earrings while they dry)
  • a flat topped container deep enough for the suspended earrings
  • 2-3 small, flat paintbrushes
  • a small cup or container for the silver gilding
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As the founder, designer, and one-woman workforce behind Minnow + Co, a tight budget has never stopped this DIY-girl-at-heart from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every ...

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  1. Arburybelko says:

    amazing . I love these earrings. I have a few tutorials too. Please check them out. http://wiretrinkets.blogspot.in/

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