In many countries (including Australia, the UK and the US), tampons, pads and other sanitary items are subject to a “luxury item tax”. Considering they are a necessity for around half the population, this tax unfairly targets uterus-owners around the world.
I don’t know about you, but when I get my period, it’s anything but a luxurious experience – I am talking cramps in my back, a face full of zits and a super-sexy bloating around my belly. So I wondered, “What I could do to make the experience of having periods and using tamps more ~luxurious~?” and I came up with these ~Luxury Tampon Earrings~, a cute way of making your displeasure with legislative discrimination known, while also looking fancy as heck.
- 2 x Tampons (I used ‘regular’ but these earrings can end up pretty heavy so if you’re not used to big earrings you can always try ‘slim’)
- 2 x Earring hooks
- Red sequins
- Red rhinestones
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Craft glue (optional)
Foster a deep sense of rage over the fact that uterus-owners around the world are subjected to unfair taxes for no reason other than their anatomy. Use that rage to fuel you throughout this DIY, and throughout the rest of your life.
Heat up your hot glue gun and unwrap one of your tampons. Use the gun to glue the sequins, one or two at a time, onto your tamp. As always, be careful when using the glue, because it can get reaaaally hot. I like to cover the top of the tampon in sequins and then have some funky-looking blood trails down the side, but you can apply them however you like. Don’t worry about any gaps because you can always cover them up later.
When you’re happy with the sequins, let the glue dry for a couple of minutes. You might want to leave it there, but I like to add the rhinestones over the top to add texture and realism (periods get chunky sometimes, you know?). Again, I like to add more rhinestones to the top of the tampon and then trail them down towards the base. If there are any gaps or excess globs of glue you can cover them up with rhinestones.
Wait for the glue to dry for another couple of minutes. If there are any stringy bits of glue you can pull them off.
Get your earring hooks and thread the string of the tampon through one of them – you can make it as long or as short as you like! Tie it really tight with a double knot. As a bit of extra security, you can then secure the knot with a spot of craft glue to stop it unravelling.
Repeat steps 2-5 for the second earring and you have yourself a pair of ~Luxury Tampon Earrings~! Now go out and take over the world!
These earrings are not designed to last forever! They will probably suffer some wear and tear (and I wouldn’t recommend wearing them in the rain) but anytime someone stops to compliment you on your bold and innovative fashion choices, you can gleefully tell them you made them yourself out of real, unnecessarily-taxed tampons.
And one more thing…
This is a fun DIY and an easy way to make a political point out of your accessories (AKA my favourite way to make a political point). Unfortunately there are plenty of people out there without the privilege to make cute things out of leftover tampons. The tax on sanitary items can make them prohibitively expensive to some, and it’s people living in low socio-economic circumstances that are hit the hardest buy unnecessary taxes such as these. If you’d like to help out, look up local tampon donation centres or homeless shelters. In Australia we have great organisations like Share The Dignity working to provide sanitary items to the homeless. You can find out about them here.
If you’d like to share this DIY with your mates, why not have a crafternoon tea where everyone brings a box of tampons? You can use one box to make the earrings and then donate the others! Because no-one should be taxed for the ~luxury~ of having their period.