Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Trying to come up with the perfect bridal gift for your wedding party? Why not create "something blue" for them with this easy DIY earring tutorial? These would be a simple, sophisticated bridal earring option too.
Here's how to make your own "something blue" dangle earrings in about 15 minutes.
- Earring hooks (pair)
- Geometric metal components (pair)
- Top-drilled teardrop beads (pair)
- 24-gauge wire (10+ inches)
- Flat-nosed pliers
- Round-nosed pliers
- Wire nippers
1. Pass the wire through the bead. Make sure there is at least 2" of tail on one side. You'll need this side to make the first wrap around the other end of the wire.
2. Bend both sides of the wire upwards, following the sides of the bead. The wire should cross over itself at the top of the bead.
3. Where the wire crosses over itself, use the flat-nosed pliers to bend the longer piece of wire so that it points straight up from the top of the bead.
4. Take the shorter piece of the wire and wrap it around the longer piece of wire twice. Use the wire nippers to trim the rest of the short wire off. If necessary, use the round-nosed pliers to tamp down any sharp edges on the clipped end.
5. Wrap the longer wire around one side of the round-nosed pliers to create a loop in the wire.
Now wrap the wire twice around the first wire that you wrapped. Like before, use the wire nippers to trim the rest of the wire off and use the round-nosed pliers to tamp down any sharp edges.
6. Using the flat-nosed pliers, open the earring hook.
Add the circle component and the wire wrapped bead and close the hook.
7. Repeat these steps for the second earring and you're all done!