|Image via Tiffany & Co.|
I was particularly taken with the earrings that Daisy (a.k.a. Carey Mulligan, shown above with director Baz Luhrmann) wore for most of the second half of the movie. Aren't they lovely? I did a little digging and it turns out that Tiffany & Co created all of the jewelry for the movie in conjunction with Catherine Martin, who designed the costumes for the movie. No wonder everything was so insanely sparkly.
Obviously I can't head over to my neighborhood Tiffany's and pick up a pair of those earrings, but I couldn't get them out of my mind. I decided it was time for a good old fashioned DIY and I ended up making myself a pair of similar earrings for less than $10.
- 2 sparkly buttons (I got mine at Joann Fabrics where all buttons are on sale for 40% off right now.)
- Silver lever earrings from the jewelry findings section of any craft store
- Tape... I'll explain that in a minute.
1. Start with two buttons and two lever earrings.
2. Place each button onto each lever earring, as shown.
3. If the hole on the back of the button is significantly larger than the circumference of the earring like mine was, you'll need to use something to make the hole smaller so that the button doesn't flop around on the earring. I tried several different fixes and realized that tape is the best option. Roll a small log of tape with the sticky side facing in, then wrap that log in another layer of tape with the sticky side facing out. Force the tape into the button hole. Cut off the excess tape. Push the earring through the tape-filled hole. Now the button won't slide anymore. There's an arrow pointing to the tape in the button hole in picture #3. See it?
4. Put on your earrings and feel glamorous like Daisy!
I thought it would be fun to model my new DIY earrings dressed in a full 1920s outfit like Daisy, but it just didn't feel authentic without a bob, and I am way too attached to my long hair for that. I just modeled the earrings dressed as myself instead.
Have you seen the movie yet? Did you like it? How did you think it compared with the book?
Happy button shopping!