These earrings for your bridesmaids boast BFF-worthy qualities (they're hip, handmade, and look expensive) -- yet they cost just a few dollars.

The charming illustrations for the backing were created for us by Virginia-based illustrator Katy Jean May. If you like the style but want something different, you can commission her to draw something for you. Reach her at 215-356-9513.

Ours are sized to fit into a 2-1/8- by-3-inch jewelry box. The images are designed to have the larger white space toward the bottom of the box.

Tools and Materials


12-millimeter yellow jade beads, Fun2Bead

1 1/2-millimeter gold ball pin, 24-gauge fish hook earring, both Toho Shoji N.Y.

Stiff paper or card stock

Craft knife

Metal straightedge

Small Japanese hole punch

3-by-2-1/8-by-1-inch Natural Kraft jewelry box (stock No. 6K), Nashville Wraps

Acorn Earrings How-To

1. With a pushpin, poke hole through acorn cap from underneath.

2. Slide bead and cap onto a jewelry finding called a head pin.

3. With needle-nose pliers, make a loop just above the cap, and cut away extra wire.

4. Slide a hook on.

Backing How-To

1. Download the PDFs ( Tree Card 1, Tree Card 2, Tree Card 3), and print onto stiff paper or card stock. Use a craft knife and metal straightedge to cut between the crop marks; do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper, but leave them intact to preserve the crop marks for subsequent cuts.

2. Use a small Japanese hole punch to make two holes along each branch for the earrings.

Comments (4)

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March 11, 2011
I LOVE these earrings! I'm so glad I collected acorns and acorn caps last fall (but hadn't decided what to do with them yet). I even think I have some faceted beads the right I'll try to make these this weekend. Great project--easy but inventive!
March 11, 2011
These earrings are absolutely adorable! They would make great charms, as well. I can't wait to go out and gather up some acorns now--I'm always wondering what to do with them. I think a set of earrings and a bracelet would be a nice start!
July 25, 2011
Love these, but I have one suggestion. A satin exterior/interior polyurethane varnish needs to be applied to the acorn caps. By coating them, it will preserve and protect them for years to come!