36 Ideas for DIY Jewelry You’ll Actually Want to Wear


Websites like Wiki-How and Pinterest have paved the way for the do-it-yourself generation; this is especially true for budget-minded types.

They are all about creating their own lotions, scrubs, candles, hair products, jewelrythe list goes on and on. Why should consumers pay a bunch of money for something that they could learn to do, especially when quality supplies are a fraction of the cost?

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With YouTube videos, step-by-step bloggers, and a variety of social networking platforms, how-to hacks are everywhere. The latest trend is to be an individual and let your own personality shine through your creations. Honestly, people like what they like, and even that evolves as the years pass. It’s never been easier to share ideas across the Internet, take someone else’s idea and improve upon it or personalize it, and re-share it with the world.

Here are some hot jewelry ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

10 Earrings That Are Always Trendy

1.  Tassel Earrings

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Tassel Earrings are back with a bang this 2016, thanks in part to Derek Lam’s Resort Collection, so it’s high time you start making your own. All you need is string, findings, spacers, scissors, a ruler, and your choice of beads. Then let your creativity flow.

2.  Pearl Cluster Stud Earrings

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend didn’t know a thing about the delicate beauty of pearls. Nor did they understand how this classic, understated gem can be transformed into intricate pearl stud earrings by anyone with the right supplies, and a little know how.

3. Pearl Drop Earrings

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Pearls are one of the few gems that go with just about any outfit, and any situation; this is especially true for special occasions. Well-crafted pearl drop earrings allow for just the right touch of elegance, and now you can design your own. Make them extra special with champagne pearls.

4. Classic Hoop Earrings

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Just like the name states, this type of earring is a classic that never seems to go out of style. Learning how to make wire-wrapped hoop earrings not only ensures you have the perfect last-minute accessory, but also opens the door to many more design options in DIY jewelry making.

5. Gem Hoop Earrings

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Classic hoops are great when you need an understated piece to complement a colorful or patterned outfit, but, for a monochromatic look, you need statement jewelry. Create your own gem hoops to spice up any outfit; all you need is beading hoop, gauge wire, wire cutters, and gem stones.

6. Dreamcatcher Earrings

Earthy and spiritual jewelry inspired by Native American culture is always in trend, because their gorgeous gems never go out of style. Everyone has owned at least one pair of dreamcatcher earrings, and now it’s time to create your very own.

 7. Peyote Stitch Earrings

According to how to make jewelry now, the peyote bead stitch even-count flat is one of the easiest beading stitches you can do. The versatility is in the length, pattern, and bead selection, ensuring you can design beautifully intricate, yet simple earrings for any occasion.

 8. Feather Earrings

Like the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together, and, when it comes to using feathers in fashion, women unite. They wear them in their hair, on their clothes, and as accessories. DIY feather earrings are nothing new, but spicing up this oldie with focal beads makes them a goody.

 9. Asymmetrical Earrings

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Asymmetrical earrings are back in style this 2016. This trend is perfect for DIY adventurers who like to play outside the box. These are complementary, miss-matched earrings that share a common element, creating a perfectly balanced design.

 10. Statement Earrings

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Gracing the runways of spring and summer collections this 2016 have been statement earrings. These oversized, funky, and wacky designs are meant to stand out. Try your hand at creating your own statement earrings for your spring wardrobe.

10 Necklaces That Never Go Out of Style

1. Woven Chain Collar Necklace

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This is one of the easier necklaces to create, since you simply need to purchase a chain of your desired length, and embroidery thread. It’s urban street meets dainty lady; a funky combination that adds a little something extra to any outfit for under $10.

2. Woven Bead Statement Necklace

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These necklaces are a little more advanced, and can take a good amount of time to make. With that said, there is a lot of room for bead diversity in your design. Coral and gold, or white and yellow are perfect colors for spring! This necklace is completely customizable, so have some FUN!

3. Twisted Chain Necklace

Hip hop has been influencing our style for a long time, and one of this genre’s staples that never leaves is that of chain necklaces. Keep it funky by creating your own twisted chain necklace; just pick two different color chains with the ring size you like, pincers, clasps, and jump rings, and get to work!

4. Chunky Braid Necklace

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A chunky braid necklace is usually classified as a statement piece, and typically costs about $50 to $250, but you can make one for less than $10 by investing your time and creativity. With just a few supplies, including a chain, shoelaces, ribbon, string, wire, super glue, and a jewelry clasp, you will have an envy-worthy necklace.

5. Stamped Necklace

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Similar to the chunky braid necklace, stamped necklaces can cost a pretty penny. Everyone loves personalized jewelry, but they don’t always want to pay the hefty price. So DIY will not only save you money, but allow you to make one of a kind pieces no one else has.

6. Wire Wrap Pendent Necklaces

A simple wire wrap pendent necklace is the perfect accessory to almost any outfit, and easy to make. You can be simple or complex with your design, and need very few materials. Craft wire, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, and your choice of beads are all you need.

7. Tie Bib Necklace

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Babies aren’t the only ones who could benefit from a good bib, but, in your case, it’s strictly for style. All you need is a thrift store necktie, your choice of charm, scissors, needle, and thread. This ruffle-esque bib necklace will easily dress up a plain shirt.

8. Leather Chain Necklace


9. Tubular Necklaces

A spin on Pepper Cotton’s handcrafted netted necklaces is the DIY godsend – tubular necklaces. You can be as creative as you want and fill the tubes with any number of things, but beads are the preferred choice. Just some ¼ inch plastic tubing, clasps, filler, and loops, and you have some totally cool necklaces.

10. Ombre Tassel Necklace

A twist on the standard tassel design is the ombre tassel necklace; because, let’s face it, your hair isn’t the only place for the ombre look. White embroidery thread, dye, and a chain necklace are the main components to this funky DIY. Pick your color, and get this hand-dyed look.

Bracelets with Staying Power

1. Fishtail Bracelets

The fishtail design is one of the most popular trends around, from hair to jewelry, so why not try your hand at making your own fishtail bracelet? Choose fabric, cord, or leather, get a few clasps, and findings, and stack your jewelry chest with colorful bracelets under $10.

2. Criss-Cross Bead Bracelet

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This is one of the simplest and most diverse bracelets you can create. You’ll need is a little string, and any beads of your choice. With less than $5 and a little spare time, you’ll end up with beautiful creations that complement any outfit.

3. Wired Bangles, with Pearls or Gems

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Keep your wired bangles classy with a few freshwater pearls or gems. This do-it-yourself will require a little more time and effort, but, done right, you’ll end up with some lovely, dainty bangles. They’re the perfect accessory for a pencil skirt and silk blouse.

4. Charm Bracelets

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You’ve been wearing these memory-keeper bracelets since you were a little girl. Charm bracelets will stand the test of time, because memories never go out of style. Personalize any outfit by creating charm bracelets with significant meanings for you. They make perfect gifts for special people, too.

5. Fisherman’s Rope Bracelet

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Have a little fun with this intricate fabric style bangle. All you need is some of your favorite string and findings. Spruce it up by intermixing a string of colorful beads.

6. Knot Chain Bracelet

This is one of the chicest trends of the season. The only problem is that they are hard to find, and when you do locate them, they are expensive. So, create your own knot chain bracelet for a fraction of the cost. You’ll need two to three inches of chain, suede, jewelry pliers, jump rings, and a lobster clasp.

7. Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

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Girls have been using safety pins to add a little flair to accessories for as long as they can remember. They’ve added them to backpacks, clothes, and even jewelry, so it’s no surprise that do-it-yourself beaded safety pin bracelets are trending. This simple and easy DIY bracelet offers just the right amount of funk and fashion versatility.

8. Skinny Leather Bracelet

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Colorful leather cord complemented with gold beads or precious gems create some truly breathtaking bracelets. They are relatively easy to design, and assemble, and require just a few supplies. Skinny leather bracelets are a great way to add a touch of chic to any outfit.

9. Braided Bead and Hemp Bracelets

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When you think of elegance, you think of pearls. Women have been wearing these underwater gems since before the 1920s. They are classic, chic, and, let’s face it, they look great on every woman. If you don’t already have a beaded freshwater pearl bracelet, it’s time to make one.

Everyone Needs a Good Statement Ring

1. Beaded Ring


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Create a fun and flirty beaded statement ring using pearls, seed beads, twin beads, and some string. The fun thing about this ring is you can take the design in several different directions, and utilize up to three different colors. Rose pink, navy blue, and bronze make a delightfully beautiful statement ring with a nautical flair.

2. Zipper Ring

Anything functional has the potential to be turned into something beautiful, and zippers are no exception. A well done zipper ring can look like metallic thorns wrapping around a colorfully bright gem, creating a funky futuristic look that is dark and edgy. Cut out an old zipper, pick your gem, and create a ring that WOWS!

3. Curb Chain Ring

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If you haven’t noticed already, it’s all about the chain right now, and that goes for rings too! The best part is that they are super easy to make, and will cost you less than $5. You will need some plain rings, chain, E6000 glue, pliers, and a toothpick to create these rock star rings worn by celebrities like Gwen Stefani.

4. Wire Bird Nest Ring

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Springtime is all about fresh flowers, sunny skies, and chirping birds, so what’s a better statement ring than a wire bird’s nest this season? This fanciful design only requires some gauge wire, turquoise beads for the eggs, pliers, and a ring mandrel. Put it all together, and you have the perfect ring for spring. Just watch out for the birds looking to nest!

Don’t Forget These DIY Accessories

Beaded Wrap Watch


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Keep track of time with a delightful beaded wrap watch; it’s basically a bracelet that can tell time. You will need beads of any shape or size, stretch magic cord, and watch faces, along with a few other items. They are relatively easy to make, but require a lot of attention to detail. Get artistic with your designs and enjoy this functional trend.

Jeweled Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are a necessary item every girl needs. They hold hairdos in place, keep you looking on point, and, unlike clips, don’t give you headaches. The only downsides to these little gems are that you can’t ever seem to find them – even though they are everywhere, and well, they’re a little blah. Thanks to the DIY craze, you can now creatively spruce up these hair essentials with just a few beads, turning them into dazzling must haves that you won’t dare lose!
This year’s only true fashion trend is you. When it comes to do-it-yourself jewelry it’s all about bringing your own style and flair to the pieces.
No matter what how-to video you’re watching, or which how-to hack you’re reading about, make sure you stamp every fashion item you create with your own personality and individuality. And, of course, have fun, too!

Do you have any DIY jewelry favorites that you don’t see on the list? C’mon, share them with the rest of us!

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