Cuddles and Chaos | DIY earring tutorial

I’ve mentioned once or twice that I make jewelry, right? Well, while I keep working towards opening up my Etsy shop, I thought I’d give you an insanely simple DIY earrings tutorial.

This one is perfect for anyone who has been interested in jumping into the world of jewelry making but is slightly intimidated by it. These earrings are so stinkin easy that you can do them in about five minutes. Plus, they’d make a really pretty gift–Mother’s Day, anyone? 😉

Cuddles and Chaos | DIY earring tutorialThey’re not too big, not too little and they are gorgeous when they catch the sunlight. Plus, you can easily change them up to make them your own: use more dramatic beads like these, add some chain so they’re longer, put them on posts instead of hooks… the possibilities are endless.

Your supply list is just as easy as the tutorial. You can get all of this stuff at Michaels. You’ll need:

  • 2 Eearring hooks
  • 2 jump rings
  • Pretty beads (I used flat mother of pearl drop beads. Similar ones here)
  • Pliers (two pairs will make it much easier to open your jump rings)

DIY earrings suppliesOnce you have all of your supplies together, all you really need to do is open your jump ring, put your bead and your earring wire on it and close it back up.

One very important thing to keep in mind: when you’re opening a jump ring, never pull it open. Instead, turn out the sides (see the photo below). When you pull the pieces apart, you end up opening the circle and distorting its shape. If you pull the rings to either side, you’ll keep your perfect circle.

Confused? Take a look:

DIY earrings: how to open a jump ringNotice that I didn’t pull the ring apart as if I was opening a book. Instead, I pushed them to the sides. After you put your shell and your hook on the ring, all you have to do is line your circle back up.

Insanely simple, no? Yet they’re pretty enough that you will absolutely get compliments when you wear them (or a big fat hug if you give them as a gift!).

I’m linking up all over the place today: A Bowl Full of Lemons, Dude MomLil’ LunaNot Just a Housewife, and Sugar and Dots.

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.