One of my favorite things about the arrival of spring is spring color. I love adding colorful accessories, and I have a great project to share with you for doing exactly that. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a pair of grapevine earrings!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY earrings:
- 4mm Beads – You will need 13 beads for each earring. I recommend 2 coordinating colors, but get creative! I used:
- 2 inch Jewelry Head Pins (26)
- Earring Wires
- 4mm Jump Rings (26)
- 7mm Jump Rings (6)
- Round Nosed Pliers
- Wire Cutters
The first step is to make your beads into charms. Charm-making is something I have shown you before when I shared the design for a Spring Charm Bracelet, and once you master it, there are so many possibilities in jewelry making. To create a beaded charm, you just thread a bead onto a head pin. Then, using your round nosed pliers, loop the pin over the pliers, wrap the pin around the “neck” of the loop you just created, and cut the excess wire off with your wire cutters. The process is shown below:
Then, repeat the process until you have enough charms. In my case, that was 26 charms.
You can now begin adding your charms to the earring. This works best if you start at the bottom. Open a 4mm jump ring, and use it to attach a charm to the lowest ring. On the bottom ring, you will attach 3 charms.
After you have added 3 charms to the lowest ring, add 6 charms to the center ring (3 charms on each side of the lowest ring), and then 4 charms to the top ring (2 charms to either side of the center ring). This will give you that full “bunch” look! I alternated colors so that my charms were pretty evenly mixed. Of course, feel free to experiment, adding more or fewer charms to suit your own style! You could also rock a bolder look by using some 6mm or even 8mm beads instead.
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