DIY Ear Cuff

The ear cuff craze had many of you requesting a DIY so here it is: a single statement earring that is surprisingly easy to make. I think it’s important not to skimp on the quality of materials for this tutorial – E6000 and Swarovski crystals are a must for that strong hold and sophisticated sparkle!

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You’ll need:

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Start by hammering the hallow gold tube flat. Use the flatnose pliers to flatten and even out the texture.

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Pull the working surface off the edge of a table. Pierce a hole and push the earring post through the working surface. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto a disposable spoon.

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Use a toothpick and apply a generous amount of glue onto the flat post. Glue on the flattened curved piece. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes before applying more glue and attaching the shorter rhinestones to the post. Use the pliers and toothpick to help maneuver the rhinestones. Allow to dry.

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Add more glue along the curved piece and add the longer rhinestones, one piece at time and in an alternating pattern.

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Use the toothpick to add glue along the sides of the rhinestones each time for extra hold. Dry overnight.

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Use wire cutters to trim away the excess metal. Check for any potentially loose pieces and add more glue.

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Allow to dry for at least another day before wearing.

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And be sure to back it with a stabilizer clutch to help keep the ear cuff from drooping!

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(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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135 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Wow the ear cuff looks totally marvelous. Hope I can make one too. Thanks for sharing this great diy 😀

    xx Mira

    http://www.glamdevils.com

    7.30.13
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  2. EmerJa wrote:

    WOW!! Love the result.

    http://www.emerjadesign.com

    7.30.13
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  3. STEL STYLE wrote:

    wwaaauuu amazing diy, it’s gorgeous

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

    7.30.13
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  4. Ana Laguna wrote:

    Just amazing as always!!

    Share it!

    Kisses

    7.30.13
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  5. may wrote:

    Great idea! It looks lovely 🙂
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    7.30.13
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  6. Andrea wrote:

    I love your blog.You’re very talented! Following you now! Would you like to follow me back?
    http://www.fabuloustorture.com/category/blog/

    7.30.13
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  7. Lauren wrote:

    This is awesome idea, it’s looks great!

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

    7.30.13
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  8. Paty wrote:

    I loved it!!!!!!!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

    7.30.13
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  9. Laura wrote:

    Love it ! Amazing tutorial !
    http://www.thestilettoholic.com/
    Love from Paris

    7.30.13
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  10. enda wrote:

    Woaww thats it thats diy for fashion blogger!

    xoxo,
    Enda,
    http://detailsbyenda.blogspot.com/

    7.30.13
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  11. Leslie wrote:

    Gorgeous! Any chance of a DIY on a “freestanding cuff,” one that doesn’t go through a piercing? I’d love to learn that technique.

    7.30.13
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  12. Kate wrote:

    Obsessed. Need to make a ton of these in different colors.

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

    7.30.13
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  13. Rachelle wrote:

    This is so cool, love it.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

    7.30.13
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  14. Cacau wrote:

    So cool

    I buyed ones like that but I could do by my one. http://www.parfois.com/index.php?pais=eua&id=51&idp=13029

    Nice tutorial.
    Next time I will do 😀

    Kiss
    Cacau

    7.30.13
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  15. Anita wrote:

    LOVE this project!!! Thank you for another fab tut!

    7.30.13
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  16. meg wrote:

    These turned out AWESOME!!!!

    http://happinessiscreating.com/

    7.30.13
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  17. This is siiick! Love!

    7.30.13
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  18. The Fashion Fraction wrote:
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  19. This is such a great diy!!!
    Love how it is big enough to be a cuff but not over bearing where it is covering your whole ear.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

    7.30.13
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  20. Totally DIYing it!

    Awesome =)

    Love,
    Lila&Sirena

    lilasirena.blogspot.com

    7.30.13
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  21. Ambyr wrote:

    This is sweet. Looks like I’ll be sporting on this coming weekend for a wedding!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

    7.30.13
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  22. Aleisha wrote:

    LOVE!!! I definitely want to make some in all colors. Thanks so much for this!

    7.30.13
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  23. justine wrote:

    WOW! This actually looks really easy! I love it xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

    7.30.13
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  24. Iren wrote:

    Gorgeous cuff!!!!!!!!!!! i want it!!

    xoxo Iren
    http://www.liakw.com

    7.30.13
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  25. Omg this looks pretty amazing! Great gift ideas
    for friends as well c: Thank you I’ve got this
    one bookmarked! Xx

    7.30.13
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  26. SheaDionne wrote:

    This is FAB!!! Thank you for sharing:)

    7.30.13
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  28. What a gorgeous DIY – Love it! <3

    7.30.13
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  29. Charlotte wrote:

    So cool! Will definitely have to try it out!
    – Charlotte
    My blog – http://fashiongirl134.blogspot.com
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  30. i.s. wrote:

    absolutely brilliant! xx
    http://www.vicariousLA.com

    7.30.13
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  31. Martyna wrote:

    So pretty, amazing idea! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

    7.30.13
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  32. Sabine wrote:

    wow! this is what i’d call a DIY!

    Very well executed!

    http://lettersandbeads.blogspot.de/

    7.30.13
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  33. Eva wrote:

    Awesome idea and very well done! xx

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

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  34. this is great
    malinda
    http://www.malindaknowles.net

    7.30.13
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  35. Patricia wrote:

    These look like a million bucks. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

    7.30.13
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  36. Wow this looks so high-class! You definitely need a calm hand for this xD

    http://love-your-ego.blogspot.de

    7.30.13
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  37. Casey wrote:

    I love this! Just a question though, the rhinestones in the pictures are in settings to make them flat backed, but the rhinestones in the link are not. Where can I find the things to set the stones in?

    7.30.13
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Casey, I’ve updated the supply list to include the settings!

      7.31.13
  38. Roslyn wrote:

    Any DIYs for non-pierced ear cuffs? Love this DIY. Will pass on to others.

    7.30.13
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  39. This is beautiful! Love love love it.

    Will definitely give it a try 🙂 Perhaps for this weekend’s DIY project. It will be a good excuse to stock up on supplies!

    Alex from http://www.polkadottedpixels.com

    7.30.13
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  40. Xeana wrote:

    Wow! It look amazing!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

    7.30.13
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  41. Omg thank you so much for this! This is just so lovely and you did a GREAT job! ;))

    ❤ Jenny Tsang
    http://www.Tsangtastic.com
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    7.30.13
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  42. A great idea. They look very unique and posh. I love them.

    7.31.13
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  43. This DIY is amazing, it would be perfect for a bride on her big day or even at the rehearsal dinner!

    7.31.13
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  44. Liz wrote:

    If I had the skills to do this is definately would. Too bad I can’t hahaha.

    7.31.13
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  45. I would call that a success!

    http://www.divosdiva.wordpress.com

    7.31.13
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  46. Jaa wrote:

    I came here for an EARCUFF DIY..
    And I get glue? Piercing? Glue? Did I mention glue?

    7.31.13
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  47. Wow this is amazing, will have to try a bit of DIY soon 😉

    http://www.damederose.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. Mimi wrote:

    Love it! But it would also be cute to make another for the other ear as a matching pair of earrings! One is simply not enough.

    7.31.13
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  49. Julita wrote:

    Wow! This DIY is simply amazing! Looks so stylish! 🙂

    7.31.13
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  50. I like your use of the curved tube, Great idea to hammer it out and use it as the foundation of the piece. I have to say I was a bit confused because i thought an earcuff wraps around the outside of the ear and doesn’t go through a piercing. I think this piece is more of an earring than a cuff. But it came out gorgeous anyway! it takes skill and a steady hand to glue those rhinestones perfectly into place.

    7.31.13
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  51. Tiara wrote:

    I love this! will def try

    8.1.13
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  52. Jess wrote:

    Erica, fabulous tutorial!

    Where can I find the settings for the 11×3 navette rhinestones? The website you linked doesn’t seem to have them.

    Thank you in advance!

    8.1.13
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  53. Shelley wrote:
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  54. annette wrote:

    also looking for the settings for the 11×3 navette rhinestones. erica, could you include a link to the ones you used? thanks!

    8.3.13
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  55. Paige wrote:

    Fabulous tutorial! I’ve been dying for this!

    8.5.13
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  56. Marina wrote:

    This earrings look awesome! Love them!

    xx
    Biskvittka.blogspot.com

    8.11.13
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  57. Pia Sharma wrote:

    This is one accessory trend I’m personally sooo much in love with!
    Ear cuffs are super on trend. I got this Ear Cuff recently.
    Hope could have come across your post earlier :)❤
    To all, go ahead tuck your hair behind the ear to reveal your beautiful ear cuff.

    8.12.13
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  58. Passionofsisters wrote:

    Woooow ! You guys are so inspiring !! Love it
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    9.11.13
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  59. This is such a cool idea..definitely gonna give this a try!!

    10.23.13
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  60. Jean wrote:

    Do you have a site where you sell some of these items? I love!!!

    10.23.13
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  61. Nataliia wrote:

    Thank you! This is amazing idea and very, very beauty!

    10.25.13
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  62. Lyn wrote:

    Very nice; great result !! xx
    http://www.blondebutterflies.blogspot.com

    12.21.13
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  63. Great result!

    my web page: Statement necklaces

    12.21.13
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  65. Sarah wrote:

    Wow, these are so similar to a pair of multicolored (mostly red) clip-on earrings I used to have that were my grandmother’s (for super-dress-up for her, I imagine). I feel a physical pain that I lost them somewhere along the way, but your tutorial makes me feel a little better — and I can actually wear this earring as opposed to the larger HEAVY ones from my grandmother (that I managed to break before I lost – great idea to give them to a child!).

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  66. It’s really nice! I will try it 🙂

    4.28.14
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  67. enikoe wrote:

    I really want to make these, but do they stay in the right angle in your ears?

    6.29.14
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  68. La Kukita wrote:

    Golden Ear Cuff made by La Kukita

    http://wp.me/p3o3Ow-m8

    6.30.14
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  69. bijuteria wrote:

    A great shop for accessories is BIJUT. You can find them Portugal.

    7.21.14
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  70. bijuteria wrote:

    A great shop for accessories is BIJUT.

    7.21.14
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  71. Love Love!

    9.19.14
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  72. Such an innovative way to get a base for ear cuffs- will definitely take a leaf from your book for my DIY tutorials on hapinesswherever.wordpress.com 🙂

    10.20.14
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  73. Nadou wrote:

    Bonjour, elles sont superbes mais qu’appèle t’on un stabilisateur ?
    Bonne journée et bravo

    10.25.14
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  74. Rosie wrote:

    Can’t wait to try this out & include in my links to love post!

    11.1.14
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  75. bernadette wrote:

    This is a beautiful post style earring. It is not a cuff. You do not have to have pierced ears to wear a cuff. I was a bit disappointed with the discription since I do not have pierced ears. They are stunning.

    2.7.15
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  76. Johanna wrote:

    Beautiful piece! I’m so in love. I will definitely give this a try. For all the ladies that don’t have pierced ears, just attach an earring clip instead of a post and there you have it. Thanks for sharing!

    2.23.15
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  77. Rebecca wrote:

    Absolutely Stunning!

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  78. Kathleen M wrote:

    Can you explain what a stabilizer clutch is?

    2.23.15
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  79. Carol Raabe wrote:

    I am having a tough time finding rhinestones 11x3mm and 8x4mm, let alone Swarovski. Can you recommend an on-line or catalog source, please?

    3.5.15
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  80. Bernadette wrote:

    This is a beautiful earring however, I do not consider it a cuff. Cuffs do not require piercing. They simply wrap around your ear. I was looking for a new cuff idea and was disappointed to find a stud earring instead.

    8.11.15
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  81. leela G wrote:

    great work. love it

    2.24.16
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  82. Sukran wrote:

    I am in love with this DIY project and your photo is just perfect

    11.15.16
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