Easy Drop Earrings (Tutorial)

If you are thinking about dabbling in jewelry making, start with earrings. You can make beautiful earrings in under 30 seconds! All you need is a simple set of tools and a few basic skills. Do I sound like an infomercial yet? 

I’ve given you a tutorial on how to make the cascade earrings that my bridesmaids wore:

And I’ll admit they were a difficult task (very time-consuming compared to the pair I’m about to show you). But if you are a beginner, I’d recommend something simple and pretty like this:

I recently made 9 pairs of these pretty drop earrings for a bridal party. They are wearing charcoal dresses with accents/flowers of pinks and purples.

Supply List:

Jewelry making tools – pliers, round nose pliers, and snips (mine shown here are mini tools which are definitely sufficient if you don’t plan to get too crazy with jewelry making but want a basic set)
Earring Finding – I used sterling silver plated ones so they are safe for sensitive ears
Beads – mix and match until you find the combination you love


1. Slide your beads onto the headpin.

2. Pinch the headpin as close to the top bead as possible.

3. Holding that pinch, bend the headpin over it and down, until you have a loop. No need to be perfect – you can squeeze it together later.

3. Snip the headpin on the inside of the loop. (OR you can get fancy here and try some wire wrapping)

4. Use your pliers to squeeze that loop shut as “tight” as you can. You don’t want your earring slipping off the finding.

5. Depending what kind of earring finding you have, either slide it on or open the loop and close it.

This can literally take you 30 seconds to do each earring.  For this version, I spent under $5/pair. And I’m really sad that I didn’t buy extra beads to make myself a pair. :)

Click here to see my Cascade Earring Tutorial

8 thoughts on “Easy Drop Earrings (Tutorial)

  1. Thank you for the small tutorial. I want to try making gifts that are different that people like. I want to know if I could email if I had any questions on doing this. I’m a little chicken to try but am going to a local Micael’s and am going to try this tonight. Thank you for letting me email you and whish me luck.

    • You can absolutely email me if you have questions! I’m not a professional at all at jewelry making, and once you get started you’ll see how easy it can be to do something simple. I think the hardest part is finding the right beads that look good together. Good luck and thanks for reading!

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