DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Finished beaded crystal teardrop earrings

When it comes to jewelry, there's nothing like a pair of eye-catching ear candy to amp up an ensemble. Luckily, creating your own statement earrings isn't expensive (or rocket science). This tutorial, inspired by an $88 pair of earrings at Anthropologie, is extremely beginner-friendly, and it will also only set you back $10–15. To top it all off, you'll get some awesome practice using traditional jewelry-making tools and techniques. What's not to love?

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Cut a strand of wire measuring at least 8 inches long. Slide on one crimp bead followed by an earring hook. Position both components 1/2 inch from the end of the wire.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Take the end of the wire and insert it through the crimp bead. Move up the crimp bead until it is under the earring hook.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Place the crimp bead between the flat portion of the pliers. Squeeze tightly.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Do not trim the loose end. This excess wire is an essential part of the next step.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Add your desired sequence of beads.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Remember that excess wire? Insert this end into the first few beads along with the main strand of wire. This will add extra security to the structure of the earring.

Continue adding beads. Choose a bead to use as the focal point. Larger beads work best for this.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Once you add a focal bead, repeat the pattern in the opposite order. End with another crimp bead, but don't use your pliers to flatten it just yet!

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Insert the end of the wire through the loop of the earring hook. You will see the teardrop shape start to form.

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Bring the end of the wire through the last crimp bead you just added. Insert it through a few beads as well.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Place the crimp bead between the flat portion of the pliers and squeeze tightly to close.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Trim the excess wire to complete one teardrop earring.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Repeat to create a second earring. You can use the first earring as a reference for the sequence of beads.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

Your new baubles are ready to rock n' roll! These earrings are excellent for dressing up even the simplest of outfits. They're also extremely easy to bring from day to night.

DIY Beaded Crystal Teardrop Earrings

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