boden tee (unavailable, similar here and here)
‘m’ cocoa mug, made by me (tutorial here)
feather earrings, made by me (tutorial below)

Accessories are my best friend — they take any outfit to the next level, are so fun to play with, and help my personality shine through my outfits. Accessories are also the perfect gift to give this Christmas, so today I want to share with you a super easy DIY Christmas gift and give away $50 to Shop Strands so you can give your girlfriends, sisters, or mom the perfect Christmas gift! Seriously, wouldn’t they love one of those hello necklaces? Or maybe these hammered gold rings (I’m obsessed with them)?

Enter through the rafflecopter widget below and then click through below for the super easy gold dipped leather earrings tutorial. 

(And if you can’t wait, use code ‘Merrick15’ at checkout for 15% off your order at Strands!)
Click through for the leather earring tutorial!

-leather scraps (faux or real is fine)
-metallic gold paint (I used silver and gold from the Martha Stewart collection)
-sharp scissors
-sponge brush
– earring hardware 

Step 1. Cut your feathers to your desired size. Cut two of each color/size (one for each ear).

Step 2. Using the sponge brush, carefully paint the “dipped” portion of the feather. Do a second coat if needed after it dries.

Step 3. Poke holes in the top of each earring (I used the sharp end of my scissors), then feed a metal ring through the hole and attach to the earring hardware.
Step 4. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut slits (pointing up) in the leather on either side to resemble feathers. And you’re done! 
Now let them dry, and then wrap them up as a fun little gift for your friend, sister, mom, or really any female friend! And don’t forget to add a blanket scarf to the gift box since they are the perfect pair!
DON’T FORGET! Use code ‘Merrick15’ at checkout for 15% off your order!


  1. Julia Wilson says:

    I’m definitely making these for my friends! Thanks Merrick!

  2. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    These earrings are awesome! I also have a huge hair crush on you!



  3. I love the Hello necklace! I may buy one of those for me. 😀 Fingers crossed!

  4. Jessica says:

    Love these tutorials! I know what I’m doing for Christmas gifts this year!


  5. Jocelyn says:

    Very cute idea! I know exactly who would love a pair of these earrings! Thank you!!

  6. Kirsten says:

    I squealed when I saw they used your picture for the hello necklace! I love the earrings.

  7. AJ says:

    You should totally sell those earrings! They are fantastic!


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