12 DIY Handmade Earring Tutorials

Leather triangle earrings
Hello Natural

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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    How to Make Paper Rose Earrings

    paper rose earrings
    Honey's Quilling

    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
    Jewelry Making Journal

    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

    paper bead earrings
    Kalanirmitee

    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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    DIY Lace Earrings

    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 / Panda Hall

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

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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
    The Spruce / Rita Shehan

    Paper beads are fun to make and are a great low-cost way to make jewelry. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make paper bead earrings.

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    Lace Covered Buttong Tutorial

    Lace covered button earring
    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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    DIY Leather Triangle Dangle Earrings

    Leather triangle earrings
    Hello Glow

    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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    Gemstone Dangle Earrings

    Make gemstone dangle earrings
    The Spruce / 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.