Follow These Easy Steps And Learn How To Make Earrings

Do you love jewellery? Better yet, are you an earrings lover? Sure, you can always buy beautiful dangle earrings or macrame, boho, crochet and polymer clay earrings that reflect your style, but why not take your fashion individuality up another level by making your own? After you learn how to make your own earrings, you can customise jewellery to your liking for yourself or offer wonderful homemade gifts to your family members and friends! Combine them with a beaded bracelet that you made on your own, a friendship bracelet, a lavender bag or some sweets gifts, and they’ll definitely love it!

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Making earrings is a simple and fun project that’s extremely rewarding. Most of them don’t need overflowing jewellery making skills to pull off. Even drop earrings, chandelier and tassel earrings are a “YES”! You’ll be surprised to see how easy these are to make! Learning how to wire wrap hoop earrings with the help of our DIY earring tutorials will make you feel mad cool because come on, how awesome are they? From formal to playful, there’s something for everyone in this tutorial roundup. So go ahead and start crafting your own jewellery with these 4 jewellery making guides!

Step-by-step guide: How to make beaded earrings

An inexpensive, fun way to jazz up any of your outfits, handmade earrings always make a statement. Follow our guide to create beautiful and unique earrings with seed beads!

Step 1: Gather the materials for your DIY earrings

To make bead earrings, you’ll need: 

  • 2 headpins
  • 1 round-nosed plier
  • 2 French hook ear wires
  • A selection of beads: they can be crystal, gemstone, pearl, plastic or glass 

Step 2: Thread beads onto the headpin

The number of beads you’ll fit on each pin will depend on their size and on how long you want the earrings to be. Find the style you like by experimenting with different colours and bead sizes.

Step 3: Cut your headpin to size

To shorten the length of your handmade earring, use the pliers to cut the pin’s end. Make sure to leave a centimetre between the last bead and the wire’s end.

Step 4: Curl the headpin’s top 

Use the same tool to curl the pin’s top until it forms a complete loop.

Step 5: Attach your French hook wires

Take one of your French earring hook wires and open it on end. Then, slip the open hook through the loop you made on the pin’s end.

Step 6: Tighten the hook

Following the same process backwards, close the open hook. Make it tight and nice, so your earrings won’t fall apart.

Step 7: Repeat the process for the second earring design

After you repeat the same process and you’ll have your second earring ready, all you have to do is to enjoy your new earrings!

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Step-by-step guide: How to make hoop earrings

Earrings are an easy way to dress yourself up without putting in a lot of effort. This simple accessory grabs the attention of those around you, but it can also be inexpensive when you make them at home. Find here a great guide on making hoop earrings to satisfy your earring obsession!

Step 1: Gather the materials for your DIY earrings 

To make hoop earrings, you’ll need:

  • 1 tube of memory wire
  • 1 memory wire cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 French hook ear wires
  • A selection of beads (optional)

Step 2: Cut a full circle from the memory wire

Cutting one full circle from the memory wire will form the hoop of the earring. You may use the cutter to snip off a section of wire if you want a smaller-sized hoop.

Step 3: Curl one hoop’s edge 

Use your round nosed hand tool to curl one wire hoop’s edge underneath itself until it has a complete loop.

Step 4: Thread your beads on

  1. If you want your hoops to be beaded, you should thread the desired number of beads onto the wire. Experiment with different colours and bead types to find the pattern you like. 
  2. If you want plain hoops, skip to the next step.

Step 5: Curl the other hoop’s edge

Following the same process, curl the other edge of the wire. Keep in mind that this time you should twist the wire outwards rather than underneath. Keep curling it until you form an almost complete loop.

Step 6: Hook the 2 loops into one another

You should now hook the loop that’s curled outwards into the circle that you curled underneath. Τighten each loop and keep your DIY jewellery secured.

Step 7: Attach your French hook ear wire

Take your French hook wire, and open the loop at the bottom. Then, hook the open loop of the wire onto one of the closed loops at the earring hoop’s top. Complete your earrings tutorial by closing the loop with the same tool.

Step 8: Repeat the same process to make your second earring

To make sure your pair of earrings are the same size, measure the second hoop against the first.

handmade earrings with wooden beads

Easy DIY tutorial: How to make stud earrings

Do you want to make yourself a pair of stud earrings that catches everyone’s eye? Follow our instructions to create your own statement pieces of classy studs

Step 1:Gather the materials you’ll need

To make them, you’ll need:

  • 2 stud-style earring posts 
  • 2 rubber or butterfly backs
  • Hot glue gun or superglue
  • The other materials will depend on the kind of earrings you want to make – you can use beads or pearls, pieces of coloured fabric or glitter glue.

Step 2: Clean your earring posts

Using a damp cloth or a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, clean the posts. This process removes any dust and makes them safer to wear. You may also use a piece of sandpaper to rough up the post’s face to help the glue stick better.

Step 3: Decorate your studs

You can now attach anything you like to the face of your earring post. Here are some trendy ideas:

  1. You can use pearl or glass beads as an easy option to get pretty and straightforward results. Just place a glue drop on your post and press the bead against it. Then, hold it for a minute for the glue to set.
  2. To make beautiful flower studs, start by cutting out 8 circles (each one must be slightly smaller from the last) from the coloured net fabric. Then, layer the circles one on top of the other to form your flower pattern. Use a threaded needle to sew a small bead onto the flower’s centre and secure it with a couple of stitches at the back. Complete your project by placing a dot of glue on your post and stick the flower on top.
  3. When it comes to creating earrings of that kind, the easiest option is to cover the post’s face in silver, gold, or coloured glitter glue. Wait for it to dry, and then you’ll have a simple sparkly pair of earrings!
A person making earrings from colourful beads and needles

Jewellery making tutorial for feather earrings

Feather earrings are the ultimate bold accessory and all the rage in the fashion world now. You can easily make your very own pair of super-stylish earrings with just a few tools and materials. Keep on reading to find out how!

Step 1: Choose your feathers

There are many different kinds of feathers that you can choose from to make your feather earrings. Check your local craft store to get dyed feathers, naturally coloured, shaped, long, fuzzy, or short. Select the ones that appeal to your style, but keep in mind that you may not find identical ones to create an earrings pair. In that case, you should look for feathers that look similar to pair them. 

Step 2: Strip the feathers’ ends

You may need to expose some of the feather’s ends to make it easier to attach them to earring hooks. You can either use your finger or a pair of tweezers to remove some of the fibres from the ends. Ensure not to draw too many feather fibres, but just strip away a small amount like 1.3 cm.

Step 3: Bundle your feathers

You can use multiple feathers for each of your earrings. To do so, you’ll need to create feather bundles. 

  1. Match up the feathers you want to combine into one earring. Match up their tips so that the ends are even.
  2. Secure them with a crimp bead.
  3. You can trim their ends to help even them out. You should hold the feathers so that the areas where fibres are present are matched up and then snip the tips to make them even with each other.

Step 4: Add a crimp bead or two

These are beads that you can tighten around the wire and other items, like feathers, to secure them. Slide the crimp bead over your feather, but don’t tighten it yet. If you want to add decorative flair, add an additional crimp bead above the first one, or use a different type of bead. 

Step 5: Insert an eye pin

To attach the hook to your feather, use an eye pin with a curved end. Insert it through the beads on your feathers and make sure that it goes through the crimp beads since you’ll need these to secure the pin to the feathers.

Step 6: Crimp the crimp bead

Using your hand tool, tighten the crimp bead. Squeeze it until it does not close anymore, and make sure that the bead is tight enough to hold the feather and the eye pin together after you have closed it.

Step 7: Attach a French hook earring piece

After you’ve secured the feathers and eye pin, use your tools to open the loop on the bottom part of the French hook earring. Holding the edge of the loop, bend it to the side. Then, slide the eye pin loop onto the earring loop and close it. Your earring is now complete! To complete your pair, make a matching one.

Woman using tools for making gemstone and feathered jewellery

Making earrings is a fun way to let your creative side shine! Are you ready to receive plenty of compliments for your efforts? It’s for sure that there won’t be another pair exactly like yours anywhere. After a while, you’ll even feel more ambitious, and you can then combine wire wrapping and beading to make wire wrapped earrings. There are many printable templates and video tutorials online that will help you. You can then offer your unique jewellery as personalised gifts or share them on social media. Are you ready? Let’s get crafting! Next stop? Learn how to clean your earrings properly!

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