You Can Make Your Own Insta-Worthy Earrings For Less Than $20

Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
My recent statement-earring obsession started with 2016's hoop resurgence: All of a sudden, it seemed like everyone had big gold circles dangling from their ears (and I immediately regretted tossing all the pairs I had in high school). In the months that followed, I started to notice an obvious trend evolving beyond classic hoops: Edgy, gold and silver links, chains, and other bold, hardware-focused baubles by designers like Justine Clenquet, Them Bones, and Common Muse had taken over my Instagram feed.

The only problem was, the pieces I'd fall in love with tended to cost upwards of $100. And while I'm still saving up for the real deal, I had an inkling I could achieve a similar look using supplies found at my local hardware store. So, I headed to Ace Hardware, where I picked up some silver wire, a pair of wire cutters, and a handful of screws, nuts, and bolts, to see what I could come up with. And for what ended up being three pairs of awesome, on-trend earrings, I only spent $20 (and I had supplies left over).

Click on to see the results. You don't need to be some kind of D.I.Y. extraordinaire to pull this off — just a free afternoon and a little inspiration. (PS: Be sure tag me in your creations on Instagram if you end up trying these for yourself).
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Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
The Screw Hoops
Give a standard, dime-sized hoop a bit of edge by adding some screws (yes, literal screws) into the mix. Bend silver wire into your desired hoop shape and size, knotting the back-end of the earring into a little loop closure so it stays put. And voilà.
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Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Pair with your graphic tee of choice for a badass surprise every time you tuck your hair behind your ears.
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Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
The Mismatched Hardware
Hoops don't always need to match, you know. For this pair, use the wire to create one large circle and one medium-sized one, bending the top of the circle into a little hook that fits into your piercing. Then, slide on your desired hardware — I used one gold nut and one silver cotter pin.
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Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Let these mix-and-match earrings be the focal point of your look by styling them with a simple (yet totally sophisticated) turtleneck.
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Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Three's A Charm
Inspired by this blogger-favorite style by Them Bones, bend three pieces of equal-length wire into hoop shapes, interlocking them as you twist each link shut. Attach them to a hook-shaped wire piece at the top to go through your ear with ease.
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Photographed by Jin and Dana. Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
These go with just about everything, but for extra style points, wear one all by itself.
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