DIY Earring Project: Inexpensive, Easy, and Beautiful

Do you need a beautiful-but-easy gift for a friend (if my sister is reading this, ACT SURPRISED!) or how about a last-minute accessory for a special outfit?

I’ve got a quick, inexpensive pair of DIY earrings that are sure to hit the mark.

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How to Make DIY Earrings

Growing up, our local mall had a bead store, The Pearl House. The walls were lined with plexiglass pockets full of rainbows of beads – seriously, the stuff little girls’ dreams are made of. You could spend hours browsing and putting together the perfect necklace or earrings and the amazing staff would help you complete your jewelry, no matter how much help you needed.

Any excuse to go there – Mom’s birthday, Mothers’ Day, my aunt’s birthday – you name it, I was making earrings at The Pearl House. One of the lovely women who worked there showed me how to make these earrings many years ago. They’re simple, yet elegant and perfect for gifting!

DIY Earring Supplies

You’re going to need just a few things to get these earrings done: a couple pairs of small pliers, some beads, 10 small jump rings (I used 6mm), 18 large jump rings (I used 9mm), and a set of earring hooks.

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I like to “assembly-line” when I have the chance, so I started by opening all of the jump rings. You’ll do this by grabbing each end of the ring with a different pair of pliers. Don’t separate them by pulling them apart from each other; this will distort the rings/circle. It’s better to pull one up and push the other back. As I opened the large rings, I also added a single bead.

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Connect five small rings together to make a chain. Close the rings in the same fashion you opened them. Connect the chain to the earring hook. Do the same for the remaining small rings and hook.

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Now the earrings will really start to come together. Start by attaching one large, beaded ring (LBR) to the bottom-most link in the chain. Into the next link in the chain, add two of the LBRs. Make sure each LBR is on either side of the previous link. Continue up the chain and then do the same for the other earring.

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Now your DIY earrings are ready to wear! You can experiment with the length by adding more links to the chain.

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  2. These earrings are so pretty! I will definitely give this DIY a try, thank you for sharing! I hope you sister loved these!!

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  5. What a wonderfully simple way to make elegant pair of earrings. So many possibilities.

  6. I like that you can create these to the length you like.

  7. Robin P. says:

    Well I got hooked (ha) by this. I made 4 pairs last night and have already put in an order for beads online. So fun!

  8. WOW. I could NEVER have the patience to do all of that… but boy do I LOVE those earrings!!! So awesome to think that you can make something so beautiful.

  9. I love those earrings! Thanks for the instructions.

    I did beading years ago. I made a lot of necklaces, and one pair of very simple earrings. I’ve been thinking of getting back into it, and think I may have found my first project. :)

    All the best,


  10. Brandyn says:

    SuperCute ~ THANKS!

  11. This a great DIY gifting idea. I will be trying this out. Thanks for sharing!

  12. these are so cute! thanks for the great tutorial – i pinned it for later :)

  13. Lovely! And fairly easy to make

  14. Awesome!! I have everything I need except the jump rings. I could really play around with this idea. Props to you for being able to take a picture while holding two pairs of pliers!! :)

  15. I make jewelry but have never thought about using the jump rings in such a simple but elegant way! Thanks.

  16. These are gorgeous and oh so simple! I am definitely going to give them a try :)

  17. These are adorable! I bet they jingle a little too. LOVE THAT! Might have to try my hand at it….

  18. I totally love these! I have been meaning to experiment and actually give the DIY arena a try, I was thinking, making earrings would be fun, this post has inspired me to do so. Thanks!!


  19. I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to adventure into making jewelry and this seems easy enough. Thanks for the great post!

  20. Great project! My teens would love these :) Thanks!!

  21. Leslie The Cleaning Coach says:

    I think I have everything to give these a try. Thanks for the great instructions.

  22. I’m showing this to my daughter! One of our winter projects, thanks for sharing!

  23. I love these earrings! I have never made jewelry before, but have wanted to give it a try. This may be my first project- thanks! :)

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