There is a common misconception that when kids make presents for adults, particularly jewelry, it has to be 1) made of some sort of food, 2) contain every color in the rainbow, and 3) be generally hideous from a fashion perspective.
As a mother of two, I have my fair share of bracelets and necklaces that are made from dyed noodles, washers painted with nail polish, and various beads strung on neon cord. I cherish each and every one of them with a love that can only come from the purest space in my soul. I wear them whenever I am asked to do so and sport them with pride all day, even when the kids aren’t around to see me. They are among some of my most treasured possessions.
That said, I am the first to admit that they are all hideous. A rigatoni necklace? Seriously? So f’n awful. And don’t get me started on those little triangle beads with the bulbous ends that stack together, creating some sort of plastic tube of awful. Barf.
These DIY antler earrings are the answer to all the awful kid creations out there. I took Bubba to the bead store and had him pick out two shapes. When we got home, he stacked them on a simple silver hoop. Kid created earrings that aren’t awful. In fact, they are freakin’ fab.
- Metal charm – Pick a section of the bead store and let your little pick out a charm. There is no need to parade them around the entire store. There are too many colors/shapes/baubles to look at and they will get totally overwhelmed. Just take them to one section and stick to that area.
- Larger metal shape charm – think solid ovals, circles, squares, etc.
- Hoop earrings
1. Let your little layer the charms on the earring.
2. Pat yourself on the back for working on their fine motor skills while you enjoy the world’s cutest kid-made earrings.
- One area you might need to monitor is the weight of your charms. Bubba wanted some really heavy metal backs for the earrings, but I did have to refuse his choice as I didn’t want my earring holes to be stretched down to my shoulders.