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Stop! And Try This Simple, Cool-Girl Earring DIY Right Now (For Free)

I think it’s safe to say most DIY projects are born out of a desire for something that doesn’t fit into your budget. In my case, I’ve had an insatiable desire for chain earrings ever since the trend began, but was recently forced to adhere to a strict budget due to a student loan so large I’ll still be paying it off when I’m old and senile, don’t even remember which college I graduated from, and I have myself believing Sallie Mae is the name of a dear old friend I’ve been loaning money to each month. But hey, at least one good thing came of my school debt and forced-frugality: this chain earring DIY that quickly and cheaply updates all of your studs to be on trend.

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Do you have an old chain necklace or pair of chain earrings lying around that you know you’ll never wear again? Since I’m a procrastinating hoarder who swears she’s going to read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up one of these days, I had several, so this DIY cost me zero dollars and zero cents. If you don’t because you’re a good, organized girl who never holds onto things you have no use for, then your overachieving-self will have to head to the nearest craft store and buy some chain (which will cost less than $5, so you’re still the one winning at life, but just let us disorganized hoarders have this one, please). Once you’ve located some chain, the DIY is as simple as this:

Jewelry Chain
Wire Cutters (Scissors could probably work, just be careful not to cut yourself!)
A Pair of Stud Earrings


Using the wire cutters, cut two pieces of chain, with the length depending on how long you want it to hang. (I wanted mine to hug my ear lobe, so I cut them just under 1” long.)

Insert the back of the earring through one end of the chain, like so… 


Put the earring on, then loop the other end of the chain around your ear, and insert the chain through the back of the earring again. For the sake of visuals, it’ll look like this (below), but obviously your ear will be in between the two ends of the chain…

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Slide the back of your earring on to hold it all in place, and voilà- you’re on trend for $0 and 5 minutes of your time. 


You can use this to update any pair of studs, or if you have multiple piercings, cut the chain longer, and thread it between the two for an even edgier, cool-girl look.


If you have any questions, ask below. And don’t forget to share this with your frugal friends who you know will appreciate it.

Disclaimer: If you work at Sallie Mae, you’re not allowed to try this DIY unless you forgive a sizable portion of my student loan as my reward for keeping you on trend while saving you money. …No? Okay. It was worth a shot.


Photos: Nicole Walker

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