Cufflinks are a popular accessory used by men of all ages. When it comes to holidays and special occasions such as Christmas, weddings, graduations, Father's Day and anniversaries, cufflinks make a classy and special gift, especially if they are customised. Customised cufflinks bought from a store can cost over £32 per pair, and those embellished with precious gems can cost well over £97 per pair. Fortunately, you can save money and make your own custom cufflinks for gift giving or personal use.
Buy blank cufflinks from your local hobby or craft supply store, or an online retailer such as Blank! or Cuff Connection. The sizes and shapes available will vary depending upon which supplier you choose, and the cost can range from £6 per pair for sterling silver cufflinks to over £58 for gold cufflinks.
Pick a design theme for the cufflinks--this can be anything that you (the wearer) or the recipient likes. For example, they may like football or a certain colour or you could have the cufflinks reflect their profession.
Design the cufflinks so that the theme will be clearly conveyed on them--this is important since you'll have a very small area to work with. For example, if the person you're making the cufflinks for likes a particular football team, but the cufflinks are too small to place a decal of the team's logo, you could opt to just decorate the cufflinks with small stones in the team's colours.
Purchase decorations for your cufflinks. You can embellish them with pieces of leather, faux or genuine stones, laminated photos or acrylic paint. Buy the embellishments you want to use from your local craft store.
Cover the surface where you plan to decorate your cufflinks with a few layers of newspaper--this will keep paint and glue drips from ruining your furniture.
Use tacky glue to attach photos and leather, and a hot glue gun for flat-back gems. If you have experience with soldering and want to attach metal to the blank cufflinks, you can do this as well.
Allow the cufflinks to completely dry if you used glue or paint--waiting 24 hours is usually sufficient. If you soldered them, wait until they cool off before gift giving or wearing.