A few months ago I made several pairs of tortoiseshell earrings, and I’m still very into the pattern. It’s a classic for a reason! I’ve been wearing my DIY earrings a lot this summer. But this time around I have an even easier version. These DIY tortoiseshell hoop earrings will take you less than 5 minutes to make, and I even have a discount code for the supplies, so you have no excuse not to whip up a pair in every color and style.
There are virtually identical earrings to these going for nearly $60 on Etsy right now, so you can save a pretty penny by putting together your own.
I’m pretty sure that tortoiseshell goes with nearly everything? At least everything in my closet. I have a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses that are my daily pair, but they recently broke, so I had to get a new pair. I briefly considered another color, but in the end I bought another tortoiseshell pair. But I do switch to a black pair when I wear these earrings, especially the blonde ones, because mixing tortoiseshell hues seems like a fashion faux pas. Yes, these are the kinds of things that I worry about sometimes.
Etsy seller TortoiseShellSupply provided the materials for these earrings at no cost to me, but obviously I like their supplies, since I bought them myself (and recommended them) for the first version of tortoiseshell earrings I made. They have a bunch of different styles and shapes, and they’re offering a discount code for DIY in PDX readers for free shipping through the end of August! Enter DIYTOTHEMAX for free US shipping from July 1 – August 31.
DIY Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings
Pre-drilled chunky blonde tortoiseshell hoops
Pre-drilled chunky tortoiseshell hoops
Pre-drilled blonde tortoiseshell U-shaped hoops
Pre-drilled tortoiseshell U-shaped hoops
Pre-drilled blonde tortoiseshell hoops
Earring posts (available in the same listing with the tortoiseshell pieces)
1. This is so easy that you hardly need a tutorial. Dip the end of the earring stud in glue, then stick it in the drilled hole in the tortoiseshell piece. At first some of the pieces seemed like the holes were too small for the stud, but with some gentle pressure, they went in. Be careful to wipe away any excess glue on the piece before it dries.
Let the glue dry, and wear your new earrings!