DIY earrings are fun to make for fashion or gifts! Grab over 40+ easy projects you can create on a budget, with no skills required.
Have you ever tried homemade earrings? It’s a lot easier than you might imagine. I took my first jewelry class about 20 years ago, and I’ll admit that I was scared to death. I felt like I would need an advanced degree in metalwork to make anything that looked halfway decent.
What I discovered is that while there are earrings that are more complicated to make, there are also lots of earrings that aren’t difficult to make at all! It was a very pleasant surprise. Which is why – if you’re a beginner like I was – I’m so happy to share these DIY earrings with you.
Tools for Making Earrings
This is a big collection of jewelry you can make without your PhD in metallurgy! Having said that, you might want to consider getting some jewelry tools if you’re planning on making a few things. Here are the tools I have in my arsenal for making basic earrings like you’ll find in my roundup below:
Flat Nose Pliers
Used for opening (and closing) jump rings, bending wire, bending thin sheets of metal. You can even make a right angle easily because these bad boys have smooth jaws. These are my go-to tool.
Round Nose Pliers
You’ll use these to make consistent bends and loops with wire. The pliers are solid and round, thick at the base and thin at the tip. That means wherever you work on the pliers determines the size of the loops you make. These also have smooth jaws like the flat nose pliers.
You’ll be working with jewelry wire more than likely, so you’re going to need to trim it at some point. These get in close to your work and really come in handy!
You’ll need to make holes in your project so you can attach earring wire. There are a few types of hole punches. There is a type for paper and leather like this, and then there’s a type for metal like this. I’m always punching holes, even if I’m not making earrings, so I have both styles.
While there are plenty more jewelry tools available, these are the basics. You can purchase tools like these at the craft store or even buy in a kit off of Amazon. How much you invest really depends on how far and long you want to take your jewelry making career!
In addition to the tools, I’d also have good jewelry glue on hand. I like E-6000 or Aleene’s jewelry & metal glue. Mod Podge is perfect for decoupage, but you won’t want to use it to glue on an earring back (for example). It’s not strong enough; you need something stronger for this purpose.
Are you ready to dive into the DIY earrings? Keep scrolling down to see my picks!
Do you love making jewelry? Earrings are one of the easiest projects because they are so small! Here are 40+ DIY earring tutorials - pick your favorite and get started. Perfect for beginners or those with more advanced crafting skills.
Layered Paper Earrings
Learn how to make paper earrings that are both sturdy and lightweight - you can create them in any shape you like! Seal with Mod Podge.
DIY Wood Burned Earrings
These DIY earrings are a cinch to make, and they are so stylish and fun to wear! They truly look like they belong in a trendy boutique, but no one will ever guess they are made in 30 minutes or less.
Make Lace Earrings
These DIY earrings are SO easy to make, even if you've never tried jewelry crafts before! Get cute lace earrings in just a few easy steps.
DIY Shrink Plastic Flower Earrings
Make your own awesome DIY flower statement earrings out using shrink plastic and vinyl. These cute floral earrings can be made in any color you like and have a whole lot of personality.
Learn how to make homemade earrings out of clay! This jewelry tutorial can be made into any shape; we chose strawberries!
DIY Drop Earrings in Copper & Gold
Use a mold and embossing tools to create simple, gem drop earrings with a two tone copper & gold effect! Perfect for yourself or as a gift.
Trendy Tartan Earrings
I love tartan plaid! Even if it’s not “in trend;” a tartan pattern is always a classic. There are only a few steps and you'll have an instant pair of earrings.
Fancy Skull Earrings for Any Time of Year
Learn how to take inexpensive plastic beads and transform them into unique skull earrings for everyday Halloween-inspired wear!
How to Make Fruit Slice Earrings
Create your own summer style with easy DIY earrings. It's easy to transform balsa wood with acrylic paint . . . even if you don't have a Cricut!
DIY Clay Rainbow Earrings
Did you realize that you can make earrings out of polymer clay? It's so easy! So grab your favorite color of Sculpey and follow this tutorial.
Decoupage Earrings Made with Mod Podge
Learn how to make decoupage earrings using wood circles and floral scrapbook paper! These are easy, even if you've never made jewelry before.
How to Make Druzy Earrings
I’m sure you’ve seen tons of those gorgeous druzy stone earrings around. They are so easy to make - get the look for less, and on a budget!
Crochet Pineapple Earrings
Make your own mini crochet pineapple earrings or pins! This free crochet pineapple pattern will let you make adorable fruits in different sizes, for itty bitty all the way up to big and chunky.
How to Make Hoop Earrings with Wire
There are so many “real metal” jewelry ideas that can be made without advanced metalsmithing skills, so I’m thrilled to share with you a very basic, beginner tutorial on how to make hoop earrings with wire.
DIY Fringe Statement Earrings
Want some new colorful statement earrings? Why not DIY? You can make these awesomely big, bold, fringed DIY earrings easily at home with this free pattern.
DIY Suede Fringe Earrings
Create these trendy DIY suede fringe earrings! Use faux suede and your cutting machine to add these stylish earrings to your wardrobe.
DIY Patina Filigree Earrings
If you're still looking for an quick and easy jewelry gift idea, these patina earrings are for you. For only a couple bucks and a little time, you’ve got a great gift for that super stylish woman who loves accessories!
Shrinky Dink Earrings (and Necklace)
These DIY Shrinky Dink earrings were so easy! If you love Shrinky Dink jewelry, this is a fun project to try with Sharpies and stencils.
DIY Rainbow Wrapped Earrings
These DIY rainbow wrapped earrings are fast and easy to make and you can customize them any way you'd like. Don't they remind you of friendship bracelets? Super cute!
DIY Leather Diffuser Earrings
Leather earrings are all the rage right now, and the good news is it’s easy and affordable to make them yourself. DIY leather earrings can also be used as essential oil diffuser jewelry, perfect for taking your favorite scent on-the-go.
Marbled Clay Earrings
I've made tons of DIY earrings before, but I'll be honest - I've never tried marbling clay! This is a cool tutorial that makes me feel like I can easily do it myself.
Nintendo Button Geek Earrings
Use a Nintendo 64 controller to make the coolest geek earrings! This is one of those cool clay crafts that everyone will ask you about.
Floral Wooden Mod Podge Earrings
These floral wooden Mod Podge earrings are a fun a simple craft idea that you can wear to match any style! They are great for craft groups, parties, and gifts!
DIY Gold Dipped Lace Earrings
I love that these DIY earrings combine a little lace, a little gold, and a little blue. These are so pretty and I think they're perfect for summer!
Quick & Blingy Button Earrings
There are so many pretty buttons out there! Browse the button aisle at the craft store and you'll find the best findings to turn into earrings. Learn how to do it using this tutorial.
Super Simple Tassel Earrings
These tassel earrings are quite literally the simplest project ever! Kara found pre-made tassel charms at Target, and they were just begging to be made into a pair of statement earrings. This is the year of the statement earring after all!
DIY Faux Leather Teardrop Earrings
This DIY faux leather magnolia inspired teardrop earrings tutorial will have you making cute jewelry like a pro! They're so easy that you'll want to make them in several colors.
Gold Flower Power Earrings
How cute are these?! Big blooms are everywhere in fashion this spring. Why not wear them on your ears too? It only takes about 5 minutes to make a pair, so you must make a few extra for your friends.
DIY Peekaboo Earrings
These peekaboo earrings are super lightweight and give you that bright pop of color that we all crave. Learn how to make them out of faux suede, felt, and floral fabric.
DIY Metal Stick Earrings
Make your own DIY metal earrings in this modern stick design – using very basic metal jewelry making skills! Grab your favorite round beads and learn how to make these pretty earrings.
DIY Friendship Earrings
I usually like to have a friendship bracelet on my wrist in the summertime, so why not friendship earrings? Daniela figured out a way to adapt the normal chevron bracelet intro a pair of more adult-like easy macramé earrings.
Faux Granite Geometric Earrings
Making these faux granite geometric earrings couldn’t be easier thanks to this awesome stone colored polymer clay. These would be great gift for a birthday, graduation, Mother’s Day, or just because!
Beachy Boho Beaded Hoop Earrings
Make these beachy boho beaded hoop earrings in this easy step-by-step tutorial. These DIY earrings are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.
DIY Vintage Inspired Earrings
Create gorgeous, vintage inspired earrings using Mod Podge Matte, papers and acrylic shapes. These would make a great gift idea!
Copper and Pearl DIY Earrings
These copper and pearl DIY earrings are simple to make and suitable for beginner makers who enjoy working with wire. This project is instant gratification – you can make these earrings in under ten minutes!
DIY Candy Button Dot Earrings
If you’re looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive gift idea for your friends or family, these DIY candy button dot earrings are just the thing for you! When I say that they’re inexpensive, I mean the whole strip cost $1 to make.
How to Make Tassel Earrings
Can you believe all you need for this project is some embroidery thread and a few jewelry findings? The tassels are unbelievably easy to make.
I can't believe this pretty earrings were made out of old CDs! What a creative way to use them, and I'd love to see what a matching necklace would look like.
Make Crystal Drop Earrings for Cheap
You can make a beautiful pair of crystal drop earrings on a budget! These DIY earrings are a perfect jewelry accessory for a fancy occasion, and no one will know they aren't real.
Learn to make these Easter egg earrings and add a little holiday bling to any outfit! You can use oval acrylic shapes normally used for keychains to make these.
DIY Star Wars BB-8 Earrings
Learn how to make a pair of DIY Star Wars BB-8 earrings from wooden beads and permanent markers with this simple step-by-step tutorial.
DIY Clay Bridal Party Earrings
Jen made these beautiful DIY earrings out of clay and I absolutely love them. She created three different styles for you to recreate with your own added flare!
If you enjoy these projects, I’d love for you to check out these other posts I think you’ll enjoy:
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- Decoupage Jewelry: 16 Easy Necklace Projects
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Saturday 11th of February 2023
super cute, I loved the pair of BB-8 earrings
Monday 13th of February 2023
Aren't they so fun??
Tuesday 26th of October 2021
Love the ideas, thanks for sharing!!