Do-it-yourself projects are a hot commodity this year, especially with Pinterest and other DIY bloggers on the rise. Almost everyone has an account, and a little inspiration goes a long way. Designer earrings can cost hundreds of dollars alone, but anyone can make their own custom earrings for less than $10.00.
For this project, you will need:
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Headpins (These can be hooked, rounded, pinhead, or decorative.)
- 4-6 glass, crystal, or gemstone beads, preferably in the 5-11mm range. (For beginner level purposes, we will use 4 beads, but you can make the earrings as long as you like.)
- 6 silver or gold metal spacers, preferably in the 2mm-3.5 mm range.
- 2 silver or gold earring hooks
- 2 plastic earring backs.
Tip: Make sure all of the metal tones match in regard to spacers, earring hooks, and headpins. This gives the earrings a more "pulled together" look.
- Starting with the headpin, add a metal spacer to the wire end of the headpin and slide the spacer toward the bottom near the hook, decoration, or rounded end.
- Add a glass bead after the metal spacer, sliding the beads together as close as possible. To create a drop shape, use the largest bead or a teardrop shaped bead. Using faceted and teardrop shaped beads gives the earrings texture.
- Add another metal spacer to the headpin, sliding it down closely to the other beads.
- Add your last glass bead to the headpin, and another metal spacer following the glass bead.
- Use your wire cutters to cut off any excess wire. Leave about half a centimeter of wire at the end- this is the wire you will use to create a loop and secure the beads to the headpin.
- Using your round nose pliers, loop the remaining wire over to connect to the body of the earring. Leave a little space open before closing the loop.
- Slip your earring hook onto the headpin via the open space before connecting the headpin together.
- Use your needle nose pliers to secure the loop to the body of the headpin, ensuring all of your beads are neatly in place.
- Repeat steps 1-8 for the second earring.
Once your earrings are finished, you can wear them or put them on a homemade earring card to give as a gift. Make sure to secure the earrings in place with the plastic earring backs.