Brass Monstera Leaf DIY Earrings

It’s been a while since I’ve done a jewelry DIY project, but this one combines fashion with something I’ve become increasingly into lately, plants. Judging by the other indoor jungles that I see on Instagram, I’m not the only one, so this one goes out to the other plant lades out there! Monstera’s iconic split leaves seemed like they would make good earrings, so I took a cue from my brass hand earrings, and used the same technique to make brass monstera leaf DIY earrings.

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

You know how people declare a “song of the summer?” I think these are going to be my earrings of the summer.
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

I decided to try these earrings on their real-life plant inspiration, my big, beautiful monstera deliciosa plant.

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Be honest, who wore it better? I can take it.

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Brass Monstera Leaf DIY Earrings

Materials

Brass wire – I used 14 gauge, but you could probably also use 16 gauge.
Scrap wood
Earring hooks
Small wire brads – Ones with small heads are best.
Masking tape
Printed template

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Tools

Hammer
Round-nose pliers
Flat-nose jewelry pliers
Wirecutters
Scissors
Bench block
Jeweler’s mallet (optional)

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Steps

1. Print out the leaf template, cut it out, and tape it to your piece of wood. Working from the center to the outside, hammer brads into the wood at the points where the outline bends, turns or curves. Hammer them in far enough that they won’t move when you push on them.
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
2. Starting with the middle leaf vein, bend the wire around the brads. Try to keep it as close to the outline as you can, but don’t stress about it, because you’ll be doing more shaping in the next step.
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
3. Once you have wire all around the template, gently pull it off. Don’t worry if it looks like a deformed leaf, like this:

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

Use your flat-nose pliers to shape it. Squeeze together the wire that makes up the leaf splits. Flatten the leaf edges with the pliers, and gradually shape the wire into a leaf. This might take a bit of finessing, because when you pull on one area it might deform another part, but you should be able to make a leaf. Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
4. When you’ve gotten a leaf shape that you’re happy with, cut the wire, and wrap the cut end around the bottom of the leaf to secure it.Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
5. Repeat the above steps so that you have a second leaf. When you’re shaping the second one, try to match it to the first in size. Try not to worry too much about getting it perfect, though, because monstera leaves don’t match perfectly in nature!
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
6. To harden the leaves, and keep them from bending out of shape, place them on the bench block and hammer them all over. You could use a rubber mallet to keep the wire from flattening, or a ball-peen hammer for extra texture, but a regular hammer will give you just a bit of texture.

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings
7. Use needle-nose pliers to loop the other end of the wire into a loop, then cut it.

Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

8. Attach earring wires to the loops.
Plant ladies, learn how to make your own brass monstera leaf DIY earrings

10 thoughts on “Brass Monstera Leaf DIY Earrings

  1. Years ago my husband who is a carver made me a pair of earrings much like this out of bubinga wood. I loved these earrings – after I decided they were a big big for me we turned them into a pair of pins. Love your work!

  2. I love love love this tutorial! Thank you so much. I have a huge monstera and I might just make her a set of earrings 😉 or me…

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