// Make your own DIY hex nut earrings with a tutorial from new Petit Elefant editor Stephanie. //
Hi! It’s Stephanie from Henry Happened. Still looking for Christmas gift ideas? I’m so far behind on my shopping it’s not funny! Today I’m sharing how to make your own super simple pair of earrings that involves one of my favorite crafting activities – a trip to the hardware store! You can make this project in bulk and whip up several sets of earrings in under half an hour. So much easier than a trip to the mall, right?
I’ve long been a fan of the simple hex nut but on my last visit to Home Depot I discovered that they come in gold. A shiny, expensive looking gold! I wanted to make something delicate and dangly with them so I crafted up a simple pair of earrings and a fun matching necklace.
Ready for a trip to the hardware store?
Make your own DIY Hex Nut Earrings
You will need:
- Gold hex nuts – I recommend size 8 or 10
- 2 earring hooks
- Gold chain
- Needle nose pliers
Step 1 – 2: Decide how long you want to make your earrings dangle – 2 to 3 inches is a good length. Cut the chain with your pliers.
Step 3 – 4: Once you have one piece of chain cut, measure out a second piece of chain to the same length and cut.
Step 5: Slide your hex nuts onto the chain.
Step 6: Using your pliers, open the earring hook. Bend the circle open sideways instead of outward so that it closes easily. If you have a different type of earring hook you might need small jump rings to attach the chain.
Step 7: Slide the two ends of the chain onto the hook and close.
Don’t let the extra hex nuts go to waste! If you have extra chain you can easily make a matching lariat-style necklace.
Take a piece of chain that’s long enough to easily fit over your head and attach a hex nut at each end with a jump ring.
With the two ends at slightly different lengths, attach another jump ring and hex nut to hold the two pieces of chain together. This necklace makes a great long pendant so play around to find the length that suits you.
Now you have a beautiful and delicate handmade gift for all of your gal pals! Go out and make your own DIY hex earrings and necklaces.