Sure, you can buy beautiful earrings that reflect your style, but why not take your fashion individuality up another notch by learning how to make them yourself?
Whether you’re a complete beginner to jewelry making or have experience with other crafts that can be adapted to make earrings, there are so many possibilities. Use these examples of beautiful DIY earrings for inspiration.
21 Beautiful DIY Earrings to Make
1. Tiny Wire Earrings
Just learning how to make earrings? These wire studs are an ideal project for beginners as they don’t require many supplies and are quick to make.
2. Flower Chandelier Earrings
You only need a small amount of new or scrap wire to make these delicate chandelier earrings.
3. Paper Earrings
Paper earrings are surprisingly strong and durable, and they can be made from items that you probably already have at home.
4. Simple Polymer Clay Earrings
Polymer clay is straightforward (and fun!) to work with and beginners can make all kinds of creative earrings from the medium easily.
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5. Polymer Clay Christmas Cookie Earrings
Festive-themed earrings, such as these gingerbread people, add a sweet touch to the holiday season.
6. Polymer Clay Woodland Mushroom Earrings
Channel your inner woodland sprite and make these quirky mushroom earrings from polymer clay.
7. Crystal Bead Earrings
The central crystals in these earrings are framed by tiny beads. They’re simple to make—you just need some patience for the beadwork!
8. Filigree Heart Earrings
Using the papercraft technique of quilling, these heart earrings look complex but are actually quite simple.
9. No-Solder Silver Hoop Earrings
These silver hoop earrings are a good way to practice metalwork techniques as they require some special equipment (such as saws) but aren’t soldered.
10. Scrap Silver Teardrop Earrings
If you’ve worked with silver before and have scraps left over from other projects, give them new life with these stylish earrings.
11. Hammered Dot Earrings
Another great project for leftover scrap silver, these silver dots are hammered flat and then soldered together, and require a few metalworking tools.
12. Beaded Teardrop Earrings
Use semi-precious gemstones or glass beads to make these silver teardrop earrings.
13. Basic Resin Earrings
Resin is a versatile medium for jewelry making, though it’s best to have a bit of experience before diving into this project.
14. Simple Crochet Earrings
Whether you’re a crochet whiz or have never picked up a hook before, these fun crochet earrings are easy to make.
15. Crochet Flower Dangle Earrings
If you’re an experienced crocheter, these tiny crochet flowers make delicate and striking earrings that are perfect for formal occasions, like weddings.
16. Embroidery And Crochet Flower Earrings
If you have experience with embroidery as well as crocheting, these tiny flower earrings combine the two techniques into beautifully detailed earrings.
17. DIY Leather Earrings
Making leather earrings is a good way to use up small pieces of scrap leather, and this leather earrings DIY tutorial makes the process easy.
18. Ribbon Tassel Earrings
Satin ribbon can be easily turned into pretty DIY tassel earrings.
19. Shrinky Dink Earrings
Shrinky dinks (plastic that can be drawn on and then shrunk to around ⅓ of the original size) aren’t just for kids—they can be made into fun jewelry, too.
20. Paper Bead Earrings
Paper beads made from scrap or decorative paper can be used for all kinds of jewelry, like these drop earrings.
21. Pebble Bead Earrings
Natural stones that have been turned into beads are a beautiful medium for earrings, combined with silver hooks and spacing beads.
What Tools and Materials to Have on Hand for Making Earrings
The exact tools and materials you’ll need to make earrings will depend on exactly what you’re making. If you’re crafting leather or paper bead earrings, for example, you’ll need different tools than you will if you want to make hammered silver or gemstone jewelry.
However, there are a number of tools that are essential or useful to make all sorts of earrings. Here are some important things to have in your toolkit:
- Earring hooks (for dangle earrings)
- Butterfly clips (to secure the backs of studs)
- Wire (useful in many projects)
- Wire cutters
- Small beads (useful for spacing)
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