How to Make Studded Earrings

by Kirsten Nunez

Budget-friendly DIY stud earrings amp up your wardrobe with custom style. To assemble your own, you need only a few supplies and basic crafting skills. This tutorial features three stud earrings made with different materials: flat-back gems, shank buttons and charms with dangling chains.

Things You'll Need for Flat-Back Stud Earrings

  • Jewelry or metal glue
  • Blank earring posts and backings (2)
  • Flat-back gems (2)
Step 1

Glue one earring post to the back of each flat-back gem.

Step 2

Leave them to dry overnight.

Things You'll Need for Shank-Button Earrings

  • Jewelry or metal glue
  • Shank buttons (2)
  • Blank earring posts and backings (2)
  • Shank remover
Step 1

Using the shank remover, cut off the loop from the back of the button.

Step 2

Continue trimming until you have a completely flat surface.

Step 3

Glue an earring post to the back of the button.

Step 4

Repeat Steps 1 through 3 with the second button. Leave them to dry overnight.

Things You'll Need for Dangling Stud Earrings

Jewelry or metal glue Flat charms (2) Chain scraps Blank earring posts and backings (2) 4mm jump rings (2) Jewelry pliers

Step 1

Rotate the charms so the holes are on the bottom. Glue one earring post to the back of each charm.

Step 2

Using the jewelry pliers, open a 4mm jump ring.

Step 3

Add 4 to 6 strands of scrap chain.

Step 4

Connect the jump ring to the charm. Close the jump ring.

Step 5

Trim the ends of the chain to equal lengths.

Step 6

Repeat steps 2 through 5 for the second earring.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and author focusing on crafts, creativity and health. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in San Francisco.