Easy Beaded Earrings Instructions

Beaded Earrings You Can Make Now

Pearl beads on handmade Spiral Headpins
DIY Spiral headpins look great with bead dangles added. Lisa Yang

Whether you need to make a quick gift, are making earrings for a craft show or just want to start a handmade earring project that you can finish in an evening, keep this list handy.  These easy beaded earring designs use a variety of off loom beadweaving stitches and basic wire wrap skills. Not only can this list help you out with a last minute gift, it's a great go-to when you want to learn or practice a new beadwork or jewelry making technique.

  • 01 of 09
    Chan Luu Style brick stitch bead earrings
    Brick Stitch and chain earrings. Lisa Yang

     This twist on classic brick stitch earrings makes it more contemporary and much faster to make!  Substitute the beaded tassels  with cut pieces of chain and your earrings will shine while they swing and be just a little faster to make.

    The top portion of the earrings are standard brick stitch with a decrease to make the familiar triangle shape.  Using a larger bead for this portion will also cut your bead stitching time.

  • 02 of 09
    Spiral Tube Bead Earring Tutorial
    Peyote spiral tube bead earrings. Lisa Yang

    Peyote tube beads may look complicated, but they are made with a swatch of flat peyote with the ends woven (or zipped) together. Using even count peyote will make the project even faster!

    Peyote tube ebads are a great way to use leftover beads and the skies the limit when it comes to patterns.  You'll be amazed at how many different patterns you can come up with for this little beads.  If you find yourself with a lack of inspiration for patterns, there's an entire book filled with tube...MORE bead patterns and jewelry made with them.

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  • 03 of 09
    Brick Stitch Component Earrings
    Completed earrings with circular brick stitch components. Lisa Yang

     CIrcular brick stitch is a fast and fun way to make beaded earrings.  You can bead a circle around a bead, bead around a drop bead or bead around a wire ring - all using the same stitch! 

    One of the best things is you can make components anytime you have some spare time and connect them later to make finished jewelry.  Elaborate results that are easily achieved with little portions of beading time.

  • 04 of 09
    wire wrapped bead hoop earrings tutorial
    Turquoise and carnelian wire wrapped beaded hoops. © Lisa Yang

     Dressing up store bought hoops with your own beads is a great time saver and way to add variety to your jewelry making.  Round gemstone beads look great attached to the outside edge of hoops with craft wire. With a little bit of practice, your earrings will rival ones sold in upscale boutiques. Round crystal beads are another great choice to add to hoop earrings.

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  • 05 of 09
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    Confetti bead hoop earrings made by wrapping beads on wire around the hoop. Lisa Yang

     The same store bought hoops used for the gemstone wrapped hoops will take on an entirely different look when you substitute seed beads for the gemstone beads and wrap them all the way around the hoop wire instead of just the outside.  Using a bead spinner to add the beads to the wire will make your hoop earrings come together even more quickly.

  • 06 of 09
    Purple tassel with faceted bead decoration
    Purple tassel with faceted stone decoration. Lisa Yang

     Tassels are in style no matter what the material - and these cord tassels give you total design freedom with instant gratification.  The only drawback to using cord for tassels is that you need to take special care not to get them wet.

    If you're worried about the special care of cord tassel jewelry, you can always make tassels with pieces of chain and beads or make seed bead tassel earrings,  and be assured the earrings will last even if they accidentallly get wet.

  • 07 of 09
    Double Wrapped Wire Loop Tutorial
    Tourmaline gemston earrings with wire leaves that use double wrapped loop connectors. Lisa Yang

     Long or short, with skull beads or pearls, earrings assembled with rosary style simple wire loops or wire wrapped loops are a great way to show off a row of special beads.  

    Make your own dangles with wire like the wire leaves in this picture or add one special drop bead at the end.  Anything goes with these always in style earrings.

  • 08 of 09
    Pearl beads on handmade Spiral Headpins
    DIY Spiral headpins look great with bead dangles added. Lisa Yang

     Headpin earrings are a great way to highlight a special bead, but you can step up ho-hum headpins by making your own headpins from wire.  A simple twist on headpins is to add a small spiral to the end and hammer it lightly to harden the wire.  Add a beaded dangle (or several!) for extra movement and sparkle.

    Once you've learned to make the spiral headpins, experiments with other shapes - loops, swirls, triangles, and diamonds are a few that come to mind.

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  • 09 of 09
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    Bead dazzling hoop earrings in silver with crystal beads and gold with blue beads. Lisa Yang

     More wire bending fun is in store with these simple wire beaded loops.  All it takes is a round mandrel to bend the wire loop around and some special beads to thread on the hoop.  Choose crystal beads to make  a sparkling statement.  Then, join the ends of the wire hoop with a jump ring and add earwires.