DIY Interchangeable Beaded Earrings

diy interchangeable beaded earrings

If you have your ears pierced, I’m sure you have a favorite pair of earrings that you wear frequently.

One of my favorites is a pair that I can change the appearance of. The brand is Mix and Mingle and it allows you to change the beads used.

I decided to make these my craft this week because I recently discovered that people have no idea they exist. I need to spread the word!

So, grab the supplies below and follow the steps to make your own interchangeable beaded earrings!

earring supplies

Changeable earring supplies

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interchangeable drop earrings

Step 1: Unwind the base of the drop earring

Unwind the drop earring bottom.

beaded drop earrings

Step 2: slide on your bead

Slide the bead on the long silver piece and re-secure the base.

These are compatible with most pandora bracelet beads and knock-off beads. Check your packaging just to make sure the brand you choose is compatible.

diy interchangeable beaded earrings

Beautiful! A fast way to make cute and simple earrings. You can switch out the beads whenever you want. A great gift for friends and family too!

DIY Dangle Gemstone Earrings

homemade dangle earrings

I love dangle earrings. Ever since I was little I thought they were beautiful. As I got older I realized the expense of buying them and started to DIY them instead.

The benefit of homemade earrings is that you can be creative and make them look however you want. I went through phases of liking stacked beaded earrings, paper bead earrings, and wire wrapped earrings, but I’m falling out of all of that. I’m starting to like more modern styles like the ones I made for this jewelry project. The hammered metal loops with the gemstones are eye-catching!

Look how pretty these gemstones are! They change colors depending on the lighting. So in the first picture, they were blue, but in the sunshine, they turn a pink color. I’m a big fan.

diy dangle earrings

The best thing about these earrings is that you need zero jewelry making skills to create them, so this is a great beginner project. I know, it sounds crazy but thanks to craft stores and hobby shops, you can buy the supplies and just assemble them.

If you want to make your own follow the instructions below.

earring-making supplies

Earrings making supplies

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jump ring jewlery making

Step 1: add the jump rings to the gemstone

Remove your earring pieces from the packaging and slide the jump ring through the earring hoop at the top.

homemade gemstone earrings

Step 2: connect the gemstone to the earring hoop

Slide the open jump ring through the loop at the top of the hammered metal hoop.

Use the pliers to fasten it.

homemade dangle earrings

How easy was that?! Just a few supplies and two simple steps later and you have such a cute pair of earrings! Wear them to client meetings, out for girl’s night, date night, wherever! And since they change colors, they’ll match with many different outfits. I think I’m in love.

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!

5 Easy DIY Earring Ideas

I usually post a single DIY project every Monday. But, sometimes you just need ideas. A compilation of DIYs to get your inspiration flowing. Today, that inspiration is jewelry projects, earrings to be more specific.

Over the course of the past 6 years, I’ve made a bunch of my own earrings. Here are my favorites, that I still wear, by the way!

 

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

Gemstone Bar Earrings

These are my second favorite pair of earrings. They’re colorful but subtle, and match with most of my wardrobe. These are easy and cheap to make. Much better than buying them in a store. Follow this tutorial to make your own.

 

DIY paper beaded earrings

DIY Paper Beaded Earrings

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I’m a big fan of recycling and upcycling. Earrings are no exception. A friend taught me how to make these a long time ago and this was my first attempt. Even though I don’t wear these as much (because I don’t have that much pink clothing, surprisingly), I like them a lot! They’re lightweight, fun and colorful. What more could you want? Make your own paper beaded earrings.

 

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

DIY Wire Wrapped Swirl Earrings

This is, by far, my favorite pair of earrings. They’re fanciful, dangly, and go with everything, even combat boots. They aren’t colorful, but I love them and can wear them often. Want to give it a shot? Get a thing-a-ma-jig and follow this tutorial.

 

DIY beaded wire wrapped earrings

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

These are my second favorite pair of homemade earrings. They go with everything and I wear them often. This is another project you’ll need a thing-a-ma-jig for, but the cost is worth it. Make your own.

 

diy stacked beaded earrings

DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

These are great because they’re lightly colored, light weight and somewhat elegant. They could be worn with a formal dress or with a business casual outfit. These are quick to make you’ll have your own pair in less than 15 minutes.

 

DIY Gemstone Bar Earrings

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

Hi. It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? I feel like I need to re-introduce myself or something. I promise I’m not abandoning Make Something Mondays, but it’s been a crazy 2 months. In short, my husband and I bought a house and moved, along with a bunch of other goodies. It’s taken a while to get packed, moved unpacked etc but, I’m back in action!

I have a great new lineup of craft projects! This week I’m showing you how to make some fun gemstone earrings. It’s an easy and functional craft project which, to me, makes the best ones.

Follow the tutorial below to make your own!

 

gemstone earrings supplies

Gemstone earring supplies

  • gemstones
  • earring rod
  • earring hooks
  • jewelry pliers

 

gemstones on earring rods

Step 1: line up the gemstones

String the stones onto the earring rod. Leave some space at the top.

 

bar earrings gemstones

Step 2: loop the earring rods

Using your jewelry pliers, create a loop at the top of the earring rods like in the above image. Don’t completely close the loop.

 

gemstone earrings

Step 3: attach the earring hooks

Slide the earring hooks into the space you left in your loop in the last step. Close the loop.

 

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

You’re done! Plan a date night and flaunt your new, fun earrings.

Hope you enjoyed. Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Swirl Wire Wrapped Toe Ring

diy wire wrapped toe ring

It’s summer. It’s warm and sunny (sometimes) and it makes me think of flip fops, bright pink nail polish and toe rings. I like them a lot, and used to have a few. Instead of buying more, what does a maker do? We make our own.

Get some good wire and some jewelry pliers. Let’s get to wire wrapping!

 

diy toe ring supplies

DIY Toe ring supplies

  • Thing-A-Ma-Jig
  • jewelry pliers
  • jewelry wire

 

wire jewelry design

Step 1: make the first wire swirl

Using the rounded pliers, twist the wire until you’ve made a swirl.

 

swirl wire wrapping

Step 2: create the ring loop

Use your Thing-A-Ma-Jig to create the loop that will become the ring.

 

toe ring wire wrapping

Step 3: create the second swirl

Now, you’re going to do the same thing you did for the first swirl for the second. The only difference will be be that the swirl will twist in the opposite direction.

 

diy wire wrapped toe ring

When you’re finished, you’ll have your own wire wrapped toe ring!

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their July craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Paper Mache Rain Cloud
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Trifold Gift Card Holder
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Criss Cross Tshirt
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Tulle Pom Pom Necklace

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Drawstring Fabric Gift Bag

diy fabric drawstring gift bag

There’s been a lot of celebrating lately. Many birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day and so many more events have happened in short period of time. It has me thinking of fun ways to give gifts. Cardboard boxes and Dollar Store gift bags can be so boring.

I wanted something simple, yet intriguing. That’s why I made this gift bag. I had some scrap fabric in my stash and thought it would be a great start to this new project.

The gift bag doesn’t take long to make and you can do it with or without a sewing machine. Follow the steps below to make your own.

diy fabric gift bag supplies

Drawstring fabric gift bag supplies

  • needle
  • thread
  • fabric
  • ribbon
  • fabric scissors
  • safety pin (optional)

fabric scraps

Step 1: cut the fabric to size

Cut the fabric to approximately 7×8″.

Iron the fabric to flatten any creases.

fabric sewing

Step 2: fold down the top of the fabric

With the inside of the fabric facing upward, fold down the top inch an a half.

Sew across the bottom of the folded piece.

This is going to be the path for the ribbon closure.

sewing the gift bag

Step 3: fold the fabric in half

Fold the fabric in half so the inside of the bag is facing outward.

Sew down the side and across the bottom.

ribbon drawstring gift bag feature

Step 4: string the ribbon through

Fold the bag right-side out.

Here’s where the safety pin comes in. Pin the end of the ribbon and push it through the pathway at the top of the bag. Use the pin to find the ribbon easily and pull it through.

Cut it at a place where it’s long enough to tie a bow.

diy fabric drawstring gift bag

Place your gift inside the bag and tie it up. You’re all done!

Give your bag to someone special.

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their May craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: Quick Herb Planters
Martha from The Art in Martha: Tshirt Yarn Organizer
Vanessa from Social Stampers: DIY Event Signs
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Tshirt Refashion with Lace
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Bead and Tassel Necklace
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Knit & Crochet Markers

Happy crafting!

DIY Beach-Inspired Candle Centerpiece

beach-inspired candle centerpiece

I took a trip to Clearwater, Florida with family earlier this year. I saved a water bottle full of sand and seashells in hopes of making a fun craft in memory of the trip.

Unfortunately, I threw the sand bottle in my mom’s suitcase before we got on the plane and she took it home with her, which is about an hour and a half from my home in Pittsburgh. This past weekend I was able to get it back and start my beach craft project. So exciting 😀

candle centerpiece

Beach-inspired centerpiece supplies

  • sand
  • candle
  • seashells
  • glass vase

Note: I switched vases halfway through my project. I decided that I prefer the look of the square vase for this one, rather than the cylindrical vase.

Sand in the vase

Step 1: add sand

Pour your sand into the vase and shake lightly to even it out.

Sand and seashells

Step 2: arrange the seashells

Drop your seashells in right around the glass wall of the vase.  Push some of the seashells into the sand for a more realistic look.

beachy centerpiece

Step 3: add the candle

Place your candle in the center and light it.

beach-inspired candle centerpiece

This is such a quick and easy way to remember your beach vacations.

I did another beach memory craft a few years ago, and it’s still hanging on my wall. So, I keep the memories going.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their February craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Seashell Rings for Summertime Style
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: DIY Retro Glitter Bracelets
Martha from The Art in Martha: Alien Stuffies
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Watercolor Birthday Card
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Magazine Clippings Upcycled Journal
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Planner Clip Holder Flipbook

Happy crafting!

DIY Bottle Cap Bookmarks

diy bottle cap bookmark

As many of you know, I am a bookworm. I read whenever I have a chance. And not just on the modern eReader, but physical books as well. I’m always thinking about ways to make new bookmarks. It’s a fun hobby.

This are fun too. They take a good bit of time to dry, but the actual execution is quick. Follow my tutorial below to to make some of your own.

 

bottle cap bookmark supplies

Bottle cap bookmark supplies

  • bottle caps
  • Diamond Glaze
  • scrapbook paper*
  • 1″ circle hole punch

*Chose a thicker scrapbook paper. Like a cardstock or something of a similar thickness.

 

scrapbook circle punch

Step 1: choose your design

Pick your scrapbook paper. Then use your circle home punch and cut out as many circles as you want bookmarks.

 

making bottle caps

Step 2: glue the circles to the bottle caps

Using the Diamond Glaze, glue each circle to the inside of each bottle caps.

Let it dry. It will need at least 15 minutes.

 

sealant for bottle caps

Step 3: seal it

When it’s dry, another another thick layer of Diamond Glaze over top. If you get any bubbles, use a pin to pop them.

Let it dry. It’s  going to take a while. Go clean or do some laundry or something.

 

bookmarks from bottle caps

Step 4: glue on the paper clip

You guessed it! Used the Diamond Glaze again to glue on the paper clip.

I find it helpful to prop it up on another bottle cap. That’s might help you too.

Let it dry for a few hours.

 

diy bottle cap bookmark

When everything is finished drying, you’ll have some lovely new bookmarks to try out or give as gifts. Know any avid readers? They might appreciate a bookmark.

Let me know what you think! Leave me feedback in the comments.

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their February craft projects.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Mini Journal
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: DIY Fairy Dust
Heather from ShiftMama: Repurposed Stuffies
Martha from The Art in Martha: English Paper Piecing Pin Cushion
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Valentine Love Greeting Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Heart Pouch
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Geometric Leather Necklaces

 

Happy crafting!

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2017

Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.

With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.

There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.

Gifts to Buy

Stainless steel travel mug gift

OuterEQ Travel Mug – $19.99 with Prime

I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.

 

leather knotted bracelet gift

Leather knotted bracelet – $11.90 with Prime

Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.

 

This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!

 

This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.

 

Coffee painting gift

Coffee Painting – $20.99

Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.

 

Gifts to DIY

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It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.

 

DIY photo magnets

Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.

 

DIY manly beard oil

This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.

More Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:

 

I’d love to hear your ideas for gifts or date nights! Leave them in the comments!

 

 

DIY Leaf Pendant

DIY leaf pendant for necklaces and bracelets

Fall is one of my favorite seasons because the leaves change. Every year around this time I get really excited to see it. But every year it passes and all I have is pictures.

This year, I found a way to preserve the part I love so much. I’ve made a pendant to capture the color change.

Will the leaf remain this color, you ask? I think so, because the leaf bookmark I made a few years ago is still vibrant.

Want to make your own charm? Follow the tutorial below.

 

materials needed to make a leaf pendant

Materials needed for a DIY leaf pendant

 

glass orb

Step 1: choose the leaf and portion

Place the glass orb over top of the leaves you’re considering.

When you’ve chosen the placement, cut or rip around the orb so that your leaf shape is round.

 

diamond glaze for leaf gluing

Step 2: glue the leaf to the glass

Add a drop of glue to the glass orb and press your leaf down firmly.

 

leaf pendant

Step 3: glue the orb to the pendant tray

Glue the orb to the tray and press it down firmly.

Let it dry.

 

DIY leaf pendant for necklaces and bracelets

Look how cute that is! Oh, and that texture looks amazing. Now you can have the changing seasons forever. You can put it on a necklace, bracelet or hang it from your Christmas tree. What a fun way to remember autumn.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!