DIY Bow and Crystal Drop Earrings

by Kirsten Nunez

Holiday fashion is all about that perfect balance of sparkly and chic. This year, dress up your ears with a handmade pair of bow and crystal drop earrings. Inspired by a $37 pair by J. Crew, these DIY earrings can be made for just $10. The best part is that you choose a color combination that fits your taste and style. Once the holidays are over, you can even use them at the next dinner party or girl's night out.

Items you will need

  • Head pins (2)
  • Round crystal beads (2)
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon (16 inches)
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry glue
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Earring stud posts (2)
  • Crystal charms (2)
Step 1

Add a round crystal bead to each head pin.

Step 2

Cut an 8-inch strand of ribbon.

Step 3

Tightly tie a small bow. Trim the ends at an angle, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch.


  • Make sure the bow is tied extremely tight. Otherwise, it will easily unravel.


  • If you're worried about the bow unraveling, hand-sew a few stitches through the center. For best results, use matching thread.

Step 4

Glue the bow to the top of the bead. Don't forget to apply a drop of glue to the head pin, too; this will provide extra security.

Step 5

Cut the head pin, leaving 1/2 inch.

Step 6

Using the round-nosed ends of the pliers, create a loop.

Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to create the second bow charm.

Step 7

Glue an earring post to the back of each crystal charm.

Step 8

Attach a bow charm to each crystal.

And just like that, your new dangling stud earrings are ready to go. Use them to spice up a basic T-shirt or pair them with an LBD for a dinner party. For ultimate holiday vibes, wear them with a faux fur scarf or jacket.

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 (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in San Francisco.