Hoop earrings are the perfect “canvas” for making a statement. Simple versions add a minimalist edge to plain outfits while DIY hoop earrings with ombre tassels and geometric wire hoop earrings make for head-turning jewelry. For my latest project, I used basic jewelry supplies to create a lightweight pair of beaded hoop earrings. This hoop earrings DIY tutorial is extremely versatile, letting you customize your pair depending on the beads you choose. This is where Darice’s awesome bead selection comes in to play. Happy making!
- Darice 12 Gauge Aluminum Jewelry Wire
- Darice Fish Hook Earring Wires (2)
- Darice 20 Gauge 4mm Jump Rings (8)
- Darice 2 Inch Eye Pins (2)
- Darice 8mm Venezia Crystal Bicone Beads (2)
- Darice Silver Cable Jewelry Chain
- Darice 3 in 1 Pliers with Cutter
Step 1. To begin this hoop earrings DIY tutorial, use the cutter portion of the pliers to cut two strands of wire. Trim and adjust to create two smaller hoops. The size of each hoop will depend on your preferred finished earring size. For this project, each hoop earring measured 2 inches wide.
Because the wire was originally shaped in a circle, you can bend and adjust it to keep the circular shape on a smaller scale. Try your best to maintain the circle shape. However, if you mess up, don’t fret! Simply snip another piece of wire and give it another go.
For best results, the space in between the ends of each wire hoop should be equal to the other.
Step 4. Add a bicone bead to an eye pin. Cut the pin 1/2 inch above the bead using the cutter portion of the pliers.
Step 5. Use the round-nosed ends to bend the extra 1/2 inch into a loop. This step transforms the bead into a connector.
Step 6. Cut two strands of chain measuring 1 inch each.
Step 7. Attach a strand of chain to each end of the bead connector. To do this, simply bend open the loop, add the chain, and bend to close.
Step 9. Attach the other chain to the other side of the wire hoop.
The final verdict on this bead drop hoop earrings DIY project? I adore how they turned out. They’re extremely gratifying to make and can spice up the simplest outfit!
Remember, you can personalize these earrings by using beads of your choice. You can even opt for colored 12 gauge wire for a vibrant pair of hoops. Your earrings, your rules.
Street Style Images: Haruka Sakaguchi
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.