Bling. Ice. Fashion. Everyone wants to add a little “wow” to their wardrobe, but who’s got the money for fancy jewelry? Instead of paying inflated prices for your ornaments, learn how to DIY your jewelry and get well-dressed on a budget.
A DIY Jeweler’s Kit
It’s actually pretty easy to DIY your own jewelry if you’ve got the right tools. Assemble your gear, and you’ll be ready to assemble your ornaments.
- Fishing line: Get lots of it. You need this to make beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Fishing line is available at just about any craft store or hobby store.
- Earring bases: You want hooks, posts and rods to serve as earring bases. Get a selection of sizes and types so you can experiment with several different styles. Earring bases are available at craft stores, both physical and online.
- Beads: Get beads in all types, colors and sizes. When you have a big selection of beads, you’ll have lots more possibilities for crafting your DIY jewelry. You can find assorted beads in all sorts of stores, even the craft aisle at large retail chains.
- Clasps: If you can’t complete your jewelry projects, what’s the point? Be sure to get clasps to finish off those necklaces and bracelets the right way.
- Fake gems: Faux diamonds and colored gems sparkle just like the real thing, and you don’t have to feel nervous when you’re wearing them. Get fake gems to add bling to all your designs.
DIY jewelry is affordable and fully customizable. Use your crafting skills to create pieces that perfectly match your outfits and accessories, and make your look perfect for a lot less. You can even sell your DIY pieces to make a little extra money for craft supplies. Try advertising locally on Craigslist and among your social media contacts. Remember to post pictures of your pieces, and if you’re willing to accept custom orders let your potential customers know. To sell to a much larger market, try creating your own Etsy store. Lots of people buy hand-made jewelry, even stuff that’s made with very inexpensive materials.