When it comes to accessorizing, we’re the kind of people who usually have to remove one or two things before leaving the house because we love wearing different jewelry pieces so much. There’s just something about earrings, however, that really takes the cake for us. Of course, there are plenty of different earring designs we can buy in stores, but making them ourselves makes us feel like we’ve achieved something and accessorized well!
If you’re feeling just as interested in learning how to make your own earrings as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Triple dangling pearls
We’ve always adored dangly earrings, but there’s just something about an earring with multiple levels to it that feels more complete. It’s like the layers give them more visual dimension, and that’s really satisfying! We’ve also been really into pearls lately, so we’re sure you can imagine how much we loved this simple, clean design from Pretty Girl Polish.
2. Fancy pearl hoops
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about pearls because those are your favourite but you’re just not sure that the first design has quite as much attention grabbing glam as you were looking for? Well, if you’re also a lover of hoops, then we have a sneaking suspicion that you might get along a little better with something like this tutorial from House of Fashion!
3. Colourful hot glue earrings
We’ve made hot glue earrings before by creating little studs and painting those brightly with nail polish, but did you know that’s not actually the only kind of hot glue earring you can make? We were very pleased indeed when we came across this dangly alternative that lets the colour of the polish drip through the glue while it’s still wet, almost like a watercolour painting! Get the full details for making it happen on Mama Smiles.
4. Beautiful beaded and wire earrings
Maybe you’re a very careful, detailed crafter and you’re always on the lookout for rather intricate designs because you have a lot of patience? Then we’d be more than willing to bet that you’re fantastic at techniques like hand beading! This tutorial from Just The Woods that shows you how to make pretty beaded stripes on a delicate wire frame might be right up your alley.
5. DIY Boho turquoise dangle earrings
When it comes to the kinds of embellishments you like in your jewelry, have you always been a fan of stones and gems? Well, whether you’re working with the genuine stones or simply collecting beads that emulate your favourites, here’s one for the turquoise lovers out there! We love the way Cut Out and Keep made simple turquoise dangle earrings with complementary silver disc beads to finish off the look nice and neatly.
6. Clay leaf and flower dangle earrings
Have you ever pictured a DIY jewelry design in your head that you simply couldn’t find the right bead shape or colour for and then wondered whether or not you might be able to make your own beads from scratch in order to get the look, rather than settling for the next best thing? In that case, we think you’ll admire the way Craftaholique did just that when they decided to make their own leaf and flower beads from clay! Their tutorial outlines the whole process for you as well.
7. Kitschy mixed media earrings
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make a pair of attention grabbing earrings of your very own, would you much rather put as many fun techniques and elements to work together as possible? Well, if your personal sense of style is as flashy as ours is, then we think you’ll also fall in love with the way The House That Lars Built made these super fun mixed media earrings using things like clay, rhinestones, embroidery thread, and beads.
8. DIY chandelier earrings
Have you actually been thinking about the idea of dimensional looking dangly earrings with lots of different lengths and layers to them since we mentioned them earlier but you can’t help wondering whether you might prefer to take that idea to the next level? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Instructables made these stunning chandelier earrings in all different shapes using pretty wine beads and simple silver jewelry chain. They’re really customizable!
9. Mod painted wooden circle earrings
The whole “mod” styled 1960s look is coming back in fashion and accessories in a big lately and, if we’re being honest, we couldn’t be more thrilled about that. There’s just something so fun and refreshing about it that really appeals to us! That’s why we were so pleased to come across this idea from A Beautiful Mess that shows you how to make some circular wooden piece earrings that are very mod indeed. We love how they chose to hand paint their wooden circles to get the colours and patterns they really wanted!
10. Little tassel earrings
If you’ve never made thread tassels before and you’re a person who likes careful, detailed work, then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! Not only does this super fun tutorial from The Boozy Bungalow show you how to make the delicate looking little tassels, but it also shows you how to transform those tassels into very simple earrings.
11. DIY macrame loop earrings
Have we actually really caught your attention with this whole idea of making earrings that involve thread work of some kind but you just haven’t found the design that quite works for you yet? Well, if you’ve ever been a macrame enthusiast then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Crafts Unleashed made these stunning hoops that feature a miniature macrame hanging on the bottom!
12. Tiered pearl dangle earrings
Just in case you’re not quite over the idea of working with pearls yet but you also haven’t seen a concept that has quite as many as you were hoping for, here’s another alternative design for your consideration! Check out how Beading Tutorials made these tiered dangling earrings from pearl beads, coloured accent beads, and some faux pearl chain that really makes things shine.
13. Geometric acrylic earrings
If you’ve never worked with acrylic before in order to make custom shapes and pieces then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! There’s just something so satisfying about make a solid, custom designed piece and being able to make it into part of something you’ll actually wear. That’s why we loved this acrylic geometric shape earring design from A Beautiful Mess so much.
14. Hammered chandelier earrings
Did we really catch your attention with the concept of making a strong material but custom shaped design but you’re just not sure acrylic really gives you the look you’re aiming for? Then perhaps you’d prefer to try your hand at a bit of metal and wire hammering instead! This tutorial from Crafts Unleashed guides you step by step through the process of making stylish hammered chandelier earrings in surprisingly few simple steps.
15. Painted fruit slice earrings
Are you feeling pretty enamoured with the whole concept of making circular wooden earrings and hand painting them, but you’d rather they be a little more kitschy and themed and a little less mod than the similar concept we showed you before? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Robb Restyle cut and painted theirs to look like fun little slices of fruit! We love that their tutorial shows you how to make different shapes for different kinds.
Have you made other kinds of awesome earrings before that you really enjoyed the process for and still wear but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!
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