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 Bead String Earrings

DIY bead string earrings

I disappeared last week. Sorry about that. I needed a mini break from all organized activity. Surely you’ve been in the same boat. But I’m back to crafting this week and I have a fancy set of earrings for you to make that’s quick and easy.

These are the kind of homemade earrings that make great gifts.

  1. They look more expensive than they are (but aren’t cheaply made), so that’s a win for both the maker and the recipient.
  2. They’re super easy to assemble.
  3. They go well with all outfits.

Want to make some? Keep reading!

materials for DIY bead string earrings

Materials for Bead String Earrings

  • Bead caps
  • Fancy beads
  • Earring rods
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers (not pictured)

Tips for choosing beads:

  1. Choose beads that aren’t exactly the same size. You can see that some of mine are oblong, others are round and some look squished. Some are even textured.
  2. Choose beads with some shine. Beads that shimmer a little bit look so much better in indoor lighting.

I purchased all of my supplies at Michael’s (of course), but you can pick yours up at any craft or hobby shop.

Bead caps at top and bottom

Step 1: Start with a bead cap

Slide one bead cap to the bottom of your earring rod.

Follow that with a string of beads misshapen beads.

Lastly, top with a bead cap.

It’s like a sandwich of beads!

Note: Leave some room at the top of your earring rod. We’re using that space in the next step.

earring loop for hook connection

Step 2: Make a wire loop

Using your round-nosed pliers, twist the excess wire at the top of the earring rod into a loop. Don’t close it completely.

 

beaded earring

Step 3: Add the earring hook

Slide on the earring hook and close your loop.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the second earring.

 

DIY bead string earrings

When you’re finished, you’ll have this fancy pair of earrings! Keep them for yourself or give them to someone you know will love them.

You could always hang on to them and give them as a Christmas gift. I know, I know, it’s August. But Christmas sneaks up on you. You could be prepared for that.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Paper Beaded Earrings

DIY paper beaded earrings

Making these earrings was so much fun! Why? I made the beads from paper.

Pretty cool, right?

You can make them too! You could use old photographs, magazines, scrapbook paper… anything you have around the house.

Take what you have and upcycle it. Upcycled crafts are the best kind.

 

materials for paper bead earrings

Materials needed to make paper beaded earrings

  • Scissors
  • Paper clip
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Earring wire
  • Earring hooks
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Clear nail polish (optional)

 

scrapbook paper cutouts for bead making

Step 1: cut the paper

Cut your paper into a long triangle.

I used 12×12 paper but you can use whatever you want.

 

Step 2: glue and roll

Brush on a little bit of Mod Podge to the larger end of the paper. Then begin to roll up the edge toward the smaller end. Roll tightly.

Continue to glue and roll until you run out of paper.

 

wrapped paper bead

You should have a bead that looks similar to mine in the image above.

 

Step 3: seal the paper

Unfold your paper clip leaving one end slightly bent.

Slide your new bead onto it.

Brush two layers of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead to seal it.

Let it dry.

 

glazed coating

Step 4: glossy finish (optional)

You don’t have to participate in this step, but I think it adds an extra pop to the beads.

While your bead is still on the paper clip, paint on a layer of clear nail polish.

Let it dry.

 

wire bead

Step 5: add the wire

Place the earring wire (with the flat end at the bottom) up through the bead and create a loop at the very top.

You can add any other accents during this step as well. I chose to put a small metal bead at the bottom.

 

earrings made from paper beads

Step 6: add earring hooks

Add the earring hooks to the wire loop and you’re finished.

 

DIY paper beaded earrings

They’re likely not going to look exactly the same, but they’re pretty close.

As you can see in my example, I wrapped one bead (left) tighter than the other. I like the look of that one better. I suppose that will come with practice.

I’ve seen these types of earrings at craft fairs all over the place and had to try to make some myself. Since they’re upcycled, i love them even more.

Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Distressed Wood Earring Hanger

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

I have a ton of earrings.

If you’re a regular follower, you probably recognize a few in the picture from previous DIY tutorials.

You’d think, by now, that I would have found a decent solution to storing all of them, right?

Wrong.

old earring box

This was the solution. Ugh, earrings everywhere. I could never find a match without dumping out the whole pile. I swear I’m not this messy of a person. Disorganization drives me nuts.

Needless to say, it was time for a change.

If your jewelry box looks like mine, please allow me to help you organize it. Follow my tutorial below.

I found a pre-built chicken wire frame at the Pat Catan’s and settled on distressed wood for the design. I really enjoy the look of distressed wood but have never tried to recreate the look on my own. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be.

diy-earring-hanger-materials

Earring Hanger Materials

  • Frame
  • Sealant
  • Sandpaper
  • Chicken Wire
  • Sponge brush
  • Hot melt glue
  • Wooden accents
  • Acrylic paint (3)

If you can’t find a pre-built frame, you can buy a regular picture frame, remove the glass and staple the chicken wire to the frame.

wooden frame - orange

Step 1: paint layer one

Brush on the first layer of paint. Don’t cover everything. Be careless, seriously.

 

frame in red

Step 2: paint layer two

Brush on the second color of paint using the same process in the previous step.

Messy is good.

 

earring hanger wood accents

Step 3: paint the accents

Using the same process, paint the accent pieces.

 

wood frame accents

Step 4: glue the wooden pieces together

When everything is dry, glue the accents onto the frame.

 

earring holder -brown

Step 5: paint layer three

Using a bit more care this time, paint on the final color.

 

distressing wood paint

distressed wood

Step 6: distress the wood

When that last layer of paint is dry, grab your sandpaper and rub it against the wood. You will have to press harder than you think.

Aim for the edges of the frame, right down the center and the accents.

 

wood sealant

Step 7: seal the wood

Brush all of the loose paint flakes from the frame and brush on your sealant.

 

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

Easy peasy! Now you have a beautifully distressed earring  hanger.

I really enjoy the combination of colors. I thought about using blue and green under the brown, but I’m glad I chose the red and orange. They look nice with the brown, don’t you think? Let me know! Leave me comments 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.

diy stacked beaded earrings

The February theme for  The Craft Challenge is beads, so I chose to make wire-wrapped earrings. I found the beads at Michael’s last week and thought they would look cute stacked on top of each other. They look kind of elegant, don’t they?

They’re easy to make, you can buy all of your materials in one location (which is always a plus for me) and making your own is less expensive than buying them.

beaded earring materials

Stacked Beaded Earring Materials

  • beads
  • bead caps
  • earring pins
  • earring hooks
  • round-nosed pliers

 

stacked beads

Step 1: Stack the beads

Stack your beads on the earring pin, with rounded beaded between the square beads.

 

earring-beads

wire wrappingwire loop for earrings

Step 2: Bend the wire

Using your pliers, twist the top of the pin into a circle and cut off the excess wire.

 

stacked beaded earrings

Step 3: Attach the earring hook

Attach the earring hook to the loop you just made.

 

diy stacked beaded earrings

Voilà! When you’re finished you have a new set of pretty earrings.

I’d love to know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. 🙂

Be sure to check out the rest of the beaded craft projects in The Craft Challenge by visiting A Pop of Red and Eclectic Enchantments!

 

DIY Hanging Swirl Wire Earrings

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

I know this post is coming much later in the day than usual but it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway…

I haven’t made any wire jewelry in a while and was thinking about this pair of earrings I saw the other day that i really liked. They were similar to these, except they had these hideous beads in the bottom swirl. I liked them, but sans beads. So I decided to make my own, more appealing version.

Now that they’re finished, I kind of wish I would’ve tried to use some textures on the wire, like maybe hammering, to give it a little something extra. I’ll definitely be trying it with my next batch.

hanging swirl earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Thing-A-Ma-Jig

*You can get all of the materials to make these hanging swirl wire earrings at any craft store. If you are unsure of what to look for, leave me a comment and I’ll help you out.

wire length

Step 1
Cut a piece of wire about the length of your pliers.

earring loop top

Step 2
Put a small loop at the top of your wire.

earring swirl 2

Step 3
Using the second to largest peg in your Thing-A-Ma-Jig kit, start the first swirl in your soon-to-be earrings by wrapping it around the peg.

earring swirl 3

Step 4
With the front half of the earring face down, wrap the remaining wire around the largest peg in your kit.

earring swirls

Step 5
Pull out the second to largest sized peg again and use it to make that last swirl in the wire a little bit smaller.

last earring swirl

Step 6
Use your rounded pliers to put one extra swirl in your wire.

Repeat steps 1-6 to make a second earring.

earring hooks and jump rings

Add on your jump rings (optional) and earring hooks for a beautiful finish.

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

These might be my new favorite earrings!

How cute would these look with this texture though? They probably would’ve been a lot easier to wrap too. 😉

Let me know what you think! Do you like them?

Happy crafting!

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

I was trying to figure out what to make for my craft today so I was looking through my supplies and found that I had a lot of wire laying around. What better project to work on with a bunch of wire than wire-wrapped earrings?

With the right tools, these earrings are very easy to make. You can make them without the tools but it is more time consuming and your fingers are definitely going to get roughed up. Your choice, though!

materials for DIY wire-wrapped pearl earrings

Things You Will Need
Beads
Jewelry wire
Earring hooks
Jewelry pliers
Thing-A-Ma Jig

**You can get the materials for these earrings at Michael’s or any other craft store.

wire-wrapped circle

Step 1
Make a circle with the top of your wire using the largest gauge on the pliers.

wire-wrapped bottom circle

Step 2
Using the largest circular peg that comes with your Thing-A-Ma Jig, wrap the wire around it so you have something that looks like the image above.

wire wrapped top circle

Step 3
To get a slightly smaller circle, wrap the remaining wire around one of the plier handles.

small wire wrapped circle

Step 4
Make the same small circle as your did in step 1, but instead of using the largest gauge, use the smallest.

black pearl wrapping

Step 5
Wrap your smaller wire around one side of the bottom circle, then slide your pearl onto the other end of the wire.

wire-wrapped pearl charm

Step 6
Do the same thing with the wire on the opposite side.

DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings

Attach your hooks and you have some adorable new black pearl earrings! Okay, they aren’t black pearls, they’re faux pearls, but I still like them just the same.

Let me know what you think!

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

jewelry organizer

I have a lot of jewelry but there are only a few pieces that I wear on a regular basis. Until today, that jewelry was stuffed into a jewelry box. That’s not always a bad thing but I constantly found myself untangling necklaces and digging for the second earring. So I decided to make my own hanging jewelry organizer so that I could easily find the things I was looking for. It costed about $25 to make and seems to work well. If you like the idea and want to make your own, keep reading 🙂

materials

Things You Will Need:
Mod Podge
Black paint
Screwdriver
Jewelry hooks
Frame hangers
Scrapbook paper
Paint sponge/brush
Short votive holders
Shadow Box (without glass)

*You can ignore the bling. I thought I would use it but decided that I didn’t want to make the box look tacky.

black paintStep 1
Paint one side of the box. Let it Dry.

black jewelry box

Step 2
Paint the other side of the box. Let it dry.

decorative paperStep 3
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of the scrapbook paper and lay it evenly into the box. Make sure you smooth it over with your fingers to get out bumps or creases that might have formed.

You can paint another thin layer over top for extra protection if you would like.

jewelry hooks

Step 4
Screw in the hooks that will be holding your necklaces and bracelets. You can use your fingers for this.

If the back of the hook comes through the wood on the other side of the frame, you can clip off the excess.

frame hangerStep 5
Use a screwdriver to attach the frame hangers. I put one in the center but you could always just attached one to each side if you don’t want them to be visible.

hanging jewelry box

Step 6
Place a few short votive holders on the bottom of the shadow box for your smaller earrings and rings.

ring holders

jewelry organizerVoila! Your very own hanging jewelry box organizer. Can’t complain about  spending $25 and less than 2 hours on this. The part that took the longest was waiting for the paint and glue to dry.

This would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for your favorite ladies! In fact, I might just do that.