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Turn some buttons into easy peasy earrings!
Hit that button stash and gather a few pairs of buttons. With a bit of wire, turn those matching buttons into smashing earrings! Make a pair for every outfit in your wardrobe!

Posted by marsha t. from Clinton, Maryland, United States • Published See marsha t.'s 11 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Assemble your supplies and tools. If you don't have bail making pliers, don't worry. You can use the Sharpie marker to make your ear wires! Not pictured: rubber hammer and metal file.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut 2 pieces of wire 3 inches long. This is a good length for 16mm (pictured) buttons, up to about a 20mm.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    Mark each wire at 1 inch on one end. With the round nose pliers, bend the wires on the mark, almost into a hairpin shape.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Insert them into your buttons.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 5
    Step 5

    Flatten your wires out. If they are uneven, now is the time to trim them.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    With the round nose pliers, curl your short ends. To have your curls going in opposite directions, just flip one button over and curl like the other one.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    With the flat nose pliers, fold the curls up to the front of the buttons and press down. You can also use the pliers (or your fingers) to center the curls.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using the bail making pliers, roll the long wires away from the front of the buttons to make the earwires. You can also use the barrel of the Sharpie to make the ear wires. Eyeball them to make sure they shaped the same.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the tips of the ear wires up a little for easy insertion. Use a metal file, or even an emery board to smooth the ends. With the rubber hammer, gently hammer the curves of your ear wires.

  • How to make a pair of button earrings. Easy Button Earrings - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take a good look and make any last adjustments.

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