Low Cost Handmade Earrings Projects and Tutorials

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    Free DIY Earring Tutorials and Projects Using Low Cost Supplies

    Handmade earring tutorials using low cost supplies. Kate Pullen

    While diamonds may well be a girl's best friend, there's a lot to be said for low-cost alternatives. And, if you're a little crafty, you'll find that you can make some stunning handmade earrings using low and no cost supplies and a few basic craft skills.

    There are many benefits to making your own handmade earrings. Here are just a few:

    • Create earrings in a certain color to match an outfit or occasion
    • Handmade earrings are a great way to practice or learn a new technique before committing to a larger project
    • Earrings make great gifts, make a few pairs and keep some to give friends as gifts.

    Supplies Required

    In this roundup of earrings made using low and no cost items, you'll be surprised at what you can make using just a few basic supplies. In each project besides the supplies you require to make the decorative earring component, you'll also need a pair of ear wires. You will find these in your local craft store as well as extensively online.

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    Make Paper Star Earrings

    Make paper star earrings
    Make paper star earrings. Kate Pullen

    These pretty earrings are made from folded paper stars. All you require is a strip of paper and some earring findings.

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    How to Make Paper Rose Earrings

    Learn how to make paper rose earrings. Honey's Quillng

    Who would believe that these pretty rose earrings started life as thin strips of paper? Learn how to make your own with this detailed tutorial.

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    DIY Copper Patina Earrings

    Copper patina earrings. Rena Klingenberg

    Stunning copper earrings needn't be difficult to make, find out how to make your own and apply a patina to give depth to the copper finish using the tutorial below.

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    Paper Bead Earrings

    Learn How to Make Paper Bead Earrings. Kalanirmitee Creations

    When it comes to making earrings, it doesn't come a lot cheaper than using paper beads - however, the end results belie the humble beginnings.

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    Credit Card Earrings

    Make Credit Card Earrings. Rain Blanken

    Instead of throwing out that old credit card, grab a pair of scissors and make yourself a cute pair of credit card earrings!

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    DIY Lace Earrings

    DIY Lace Earrings. Green Wedding Shoes

    If you have some lace trimming to hand, or a lace insert in a garment or home accessory that you can upcycle, then these super-attractive earrings are both low cost and simple to make. A winning combination!

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    Knotted Leather Earrings

    Knotted leather earrings. Hoi Pang via Pandahall

    This photo tutorial shows us how to create stunning knitted earrings from leather cord. 

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    Stamped Paper Earrings

    Make a stunning pair of earrings using your rubber stamps and marker pens
    Make a stunning pair of earrings using your rubber stamps and marker pens. Kate Pullen

    Frame settings are a useful craft supply to have to hand as they provide a quick and easy way to make jewelry using low cost supplies. In this project I use pieces of paper I have stamped and colored to create unique earrings.

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    Black and White Stamped Earrings

    Black and white stamped earrings
    Easy DIY earrings using rubber stamped images. Kate Pullen

    This is a black and white variation of the earring on the previous page.

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    Hot Glue Earrings

    Make cute earrings from hot glue drops. Four Front Doors

    If you love hot glue projects then you are going to go wild for this hot glue earring tutorial. These amazing earrings are made from drops of hot glue. This project costs just pennies to make, however the finished earrings look a million dollars!

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    Paper Bead Earrings

    Make paper bead earrings. Rita Shehan

    Paper beads are fun to make and are a great low cost way to make jewelry. Check out our roundup of over 20 fantastic paper bead projects, as well as taking a look at the tutorial below to learn how to make paper bead earrings.

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    Lace Covered Buttong Tutorial

    Lace covered button earrings. Evie S

    Create elegant stud earrings by covering buttons with a tiny piece of lace.

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    Scrap Fabric Earring Tutorial

    Make fabric earrings. Essie Sews

    Make these earrings from scraps of fabric. This is a nifty way to create earrings that complement an outfit.  This project is so simple to do you could quickly create earrings to give as gifts.

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    Wrapped Paperclip Earrings

    Wrapped paperclip earrings. With One Hand Waving Free

    This is another who-would-believe-what-these-are-made-from projects. At the heart of these earrings is a simple 'unfolded' paper clip. Amazing results are achieved by wrapping yarn or thread around the unfolded paper clip to make attractive drops for earrings.

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    Lace Trim Earrings

    Make lace trim earrings. Tenth Muse Studios

    Learn how to turn lace trim into beautiful dangling lace earrings. This tutorial also shows how to stiffen the lace to create more robust earrings.

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    DIY Leather Triangle Dangle Earrings

    Leather triangle earrings. Hello Natural

    Make these earrings using a few scraps of leather. They are going to be lightweight and comfortable to wear, as well as being quick to make.

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    Beaded Hoop Earrings

    Beaded hoop earrings. Lisa Yang

    Here's a great way to give an existing pair of hoop earrings a makeover.

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    Polymer Clay Stamped Earrings

    Rubber Stamped Polymer Clay Earrings
    Rubber Stamped Polymer Clay Earrings. Kate Pullen

    This is another one of my tutorials and in this one I show how to make a pair of earrings using polymer clay as a base to stamp into. This technique is almost infinitely variable, meaning you can create unique earrings and other items of jewelry.

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    Gemstone Dangle Earrings

    Make gemstone dangle earrings. Lisa Yang

    This is a great project to get started making bead jewelry. Learn how to create these pretty earrings using this detailed photo tutorial.

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    Paper Clip Earrings

    Paper bead earrings. Rain Blanken

    Here's another pair of earrings which feature a paper clip as the base structure. In these earrings beads are threaded onto the unfolded paper clip.

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    Polymer Clay Earrings

    Make polymer clay earrings
    Make polymer clay earrings. Kate Pullen

    These earrings use just a tiny amount of polymer clay which is rolled into a thin sheet and cut to fit the inside of a frame setting. Simple to do with great looking end results.