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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Beaded Drop Earrings

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How to make beaded drop earrings

I have been making and selling handmade jewelry for seven years and nothing has flown off my displays as fast as simple but fun drop earrings. This tutorial will show you how to make drop earrings for Christmas presents or just for yourself! With a few simple techniques, you can make an infinite number of earrings with an infinite number of designs.

What You’ll Need

How to make drop earrings - supplies

  • Assorted beads of your choice
  • Wire (I suggest getting 20 gauge wire or larger for durability)
  • Rosary pliers or needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Earwires (the part that you put through your ear)

Instructions

Step by step instructions for making beaded drop earrings
Step by step instructions for making beaded drop earrings - part 2

  1. The first thing you need to do is design the earrings you are going to make. It’s a good idea to lay out the beads before you string them to make sure they’re in the order you want them.
  2. String the beads on the wire, starting with the top bead of your design and working your way down. I prefer to leave the wire on the coil while I string the beads so that I waste less wire. More on that in a minute.
  3. When you have all the beads strung in order, it is time to finish the end of the wire. As shown in photo 3 above, start by grabbing the very tip of the wire with your pliers and bending the wire away from you, holding it against the pliers with your thumb. Bend the end over on top of itself and smash it together with the pliers to make a finished end like the one shown in 3b.
  4. Push the beads up against the end you just finished and grab the wire just above the top bead with your rosary pliers. Use your index finger to push the beaded part away from you at a 60° angle (as seen in photo 4). Let go with the pliers and wrap the wire around the circular part of the pliers or another small tube, as shown in photo 4b. This creates the top loop you’ll attach the earwire to.
  5. Use your pliers to hold the loop as shown in photo 5. Wrap the wire around the bottom of the loop 2-3 times and cut. See? No leftover wire scraps!
  6. Hold the earwire in one hand and open its small loop with the pliers, as shown in photo 6. Slip the beaded loop on to the earwire loop and close the earwire loop again with your pliers.
  7. Enjoy your new earrings!
  8. Practice, practice, practice. These techniques get easier and easier with time, and before you know it you’ll be able to make these quickly and easily.

Variations

Knowing these few simple skills will make it possible to make all kinds of earrings. All the earrings pictured below are ones I made using the skills described above. For more inspiration, check out your favorite stores, fashion magazines and Pinterest. Let your imagination go crazy!

Beaded drop earrings - ideas

What do you think?

Do you make jewelry? Are you making your own Christmas presents this year? Are you going to make some jewelry for yourself, too? Let me know in the comments!

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26 Responses to “DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Beaded Drop Earrings”

  1. 1
    December 7th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I LOVE this post! I was worrying about getting everyone a gift this year because it’s not in my budget, but I didn’t even think to make something! Thanks for the idea hopefully I can make some as pretty as yours! :)

  2. 2
    December 7th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    What a fabulous idea! :)

  3. 3
    December 7th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I’m an amateur jewelry maker, so I’ve known this for awhile, and it’s a great present for friends!

  4. 4
    December 7th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I love the idea of making homemade earrings for christmas! Who doesn’t like a gift that’s personalized for them? And it would be so easy to make a matching pendant as well.

    Hope to see more DIY ideas at college fashion :)

  5. 5
    December 7th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    DIY is love! Last year, I made earrings for my friends and I’m planning to go DIY with this year’s gifts again. There’s just so much love put into personalized gifts. :)

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    December 7th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    DIY is love! Last year, I made earrings for my friends and I’m planning to go DIY with this year’s gifts again. There’s just so much love put into personalized gifts. :)

    Hooray for DIY on College Fashion. I hope there’ll be more posts like this in the future. :)

  7. 7
    December 7th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This year I am making an earring holder within a picture frame for my sisters christmas presents, so this post is simply perfect! What a fun, easy, personalized gift :)

  8. 8
    December 7th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I’m so glad you all like this idea! I always DIY all my gifts and people always love them. Best of luck with your own and Happy Holidays!

    Jill

  9. 9
    December 7th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Nice. It’s really easy to make them. Learnt how to make them when I was in fourth grade.

  10. 10
    December 7th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    What a great project!

  11. 11
    December 8th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I LOVE making jewelry! It’s one of my favorite hobbies. I also sell all of my homemade jewelry on Etsy (click on my name to see my shop!) I love making jewelry for my friends and family because I know they won’t find it anywhere in stores! Thank you for this post :)

  12. 12
    December 8th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I always do DIY gifts! There is something so special about handmade and the time put into the piece is so meaningful- especially around the holiday season :) great post! Love me some DIY

  13. 13
    December 8th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This is lovely.

  14. 14
    December 9th, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Great stuff! Keep up the good work, guys!

  15. 15
    December 9th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    more posts like this!

  16. 16
    December 13th, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I made earrings for my sister, sisters-in-law, and mom this year, too. What a great idea. Great article, Jill!

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    September 17th, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I’m just starting to make my own jewelry and I live on tutorials. I’m finding it very difficult to find nice materials to make my jewelry and I was wondering where you buy your stones, beads, etc from.
    Thank you!

  18. 18
    January 15th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    This is an old thread but I want to share a tip for all earring makers that buy their earring hooks at a DIY store. They come with a tiny ball and a spring that is a dead give-away that they were DIYed.
    I love all things handmade but it is so easy to make them look waaaaay more expensive: with pliers, bend the hook ever so slightly, only enough to slide those giveaway beads off as if they were backings that got pushed too far.
    Besides, I don’t know about the spring ones, but the balls are great ti reuse in other projects!

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    May 1st, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve been making my jewelry for a while now but nothing too elaborate because I only know the basics but can’t wait to learn. I want to start selling it. I also have an etsy account but its mostly for my art work. Does anyone on here sell your jewelry and if so does it sell pretty good? I don’t even know what I should charge for say a pair if earrings. I was thinking $5 a pair. I would love to hear from other people that are doing this also, thanks in advance!

  20. 20
    September 8th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I enjoyed this post as well. I had my jewelry kit for some time now, and since I had more time after completing my B/A degree, I decided to break out and start making jewelry. I had a lot of inspirations from different jewelry making sites and you-tubes. I brought a couple of pieces to my job and just told others from word of mouth to see what they thought. I have not built up a web site yet but it’s most definitely in the making. I started selling my earrings for $6 and if the hoops were larger, between 7-8.

  21. 21
    September 8th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I enjoyed this post as well. I had my jewelry kit for some time now, and since I had more time after completing my B/A degree, I decided to break out and start making jewelry. I had a lot of inspirations from different jewelry making sites and you-tubes. I brought a couple of pieces to my job and just told others from word of mouth to see what they thought. I have not built up a web site yet but it’s most definitely in the making. I started selling my earrings for $6 and if the hoops were larger, between 7-8.

  22. 22
    October 26th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Love the tutorial. Haven’t made any earrings yet, but looks like fun and easy.

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