By Jennifer Perkins
For some reason I hoard tights. I have leggings, fishnets, hose, tights, thigh highs – you name it. Sadly, several of these pairs have runs so bad they are no longer wearable. As I always say: If it will sit still long enough, I will make it into a piece of jewelry. Pantyhose are not exempt from this rule.
2 head pins
Pair of plain earrings
2 earring hooks
Step 1: The nice thing about this project is that as you are upcycling your old tights, you are also spicing up a plain pair of earrings. Which pair of earrings and hose you choose is completely up to you. My only suggestion is that the earrings be on the large side so that you can see the hosiery print. That leads to my second suggestion – choose a pair of hose with a pattern.
Step 2: Wrap your hose around the earrings snugly and secure with a small bit of florists tape. Trim off as much excess hose as possible. To make the backs of your earrings look more finished, adhere a small felt circle to the back with fabric glue. Use clothespins to hold the felt in place until it dries.
Step 3: You could stop here, but why? I used vintage flowers and some simple wire-wrapping techniques to give my pantyhose earrings a little something extra. Whether you opt to wire wrap or leave the earrings plain, be sure to add a dab of glue to the hole to prevent getting runs.
Step 4: Try using different types of hose on different types of earrings. I am quite smitten with these teal fishnet-covered spike earrings.
Take a visit to Naughty Secretary Club for more pantyhose crafts.
About the Author:
Jennifer Perkins is a the crafty lady at the helm of the blog, book, and website Naughty Secretary Club. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, daughter, 2 large dogs, and cat.