DIY Seed Bead Earrings – A Stunning Mess

Hello associates! Excited to share a very enjoyable little craft undertaking I labored on just lately—these DIY seed bead earrings. Making jewellery from provides I discovered at craft shops was my gateway into the craft world once I was in center faculty and highschool. I beloved making jewellery and I nonetheless do. 🙂 This can be a small scale undertaking that anybody may make. I centered my designs round fruits, however there are about one billion design potentialities. I additionally love having one thing to work on like this whereas I watch TV or take heed to podcasts. It’s actually enjoyable to make issues, though I doubt any of you might be shocked to listen to me say that. Ha.

I partnered with JOANN for this DIY undertaking. I purchased all the provides from my native JOANN in Springfield, Missouri, the place I stay. You can too purchase provides by their app (obtain it in the event you don’t have it already!). I personally love the expertise of looking for craft provides in retailer—I normally get impressed by all the colours and choices and, I’ll be trustworthy, I typically purchase provides for extra initiatives than I initially deliberate as a result of I get INTO IT whereas I’m there procuring. However, I exploit the JOANN app to examine for coupons. Not solely will it present you coupons they could be working nationally, however you too can set your location and see any offers your retailer could be working that week as effectively.

I really like how these little fruit earrings turned out! As I used to be planning the designs, I assumed I would love the lemons the perfect, however I feel the little oranges turned out to be my favorites. At the very least these are those I’ve worn essentially the most since making these. However like I stated, there are one million completely different designs you might create as a result of seed beads are VERY versatile to work with since they’re so small and are available in mainly each shade. I had thought of creating perhaps some little cactus or cut up leaf designs, or heat toned rainbow with the ends being fringe. However then when the lemon popped in my head, I made a decision on a sequence of fruit designs. However in the event you make some seed bead earrings, please tag us so I can see! I’d like to know what you determined to create.

For those who’ve by no means labored with seed beads earlier than, the principle factor I might say is that it may be so much like embroidery, simply with little beads. And in the event you’ve by no means carried out any embroidery, effectively it’s like very fundamental hand-stitching. Straightforward, however relying on the dimensions of your undertaking and your design, it may be time-consuming. However as Miley Cyrus would say, “Ain’t about how briskly I get there … It’s the climb.” Benefit from the journey. There’s your life hack tip for the day too. 🙂

seed beads
beading thread or embroidery thread
beading needle
coloured felt
-colored material that’s sturdy and received’t fray*
material scissors
earring backs
tremendous glue (examine the label, you need one thing that can work with material and steel)

I additionally wish to line a cooking sheet (or one thing with a lip to it) with felt as my working floor. You’ll drop little beads infrequently, and it’s irritating in the event that they go rolling throughout the desk and onto the ground the place you possibly can’t discover them. So a arrange like this helps. I additionally wish to retailer and work with my beads from small containers (like these) as a result of it makes it a lot simpler than attempting to work with them from the packing baggage they arrive in. If the seed beads you purchase had been packaged in tubes or containers that work like this, then it will not be essential.

*Any material that’s sturdy and received’t fray will work for the backs of your earrings. I used the twill iron-on patches you see pictured as a result of they ended up being good for this undertaking though it’s utterly completely different than what they’re bought for (patching denims or clothes). No matter works otherwise you discover is nice! It’s possible you’ll have already got some material at residence that may work for this too.

Step One: Create your patterns, if wanted, after which lower out your felt. My designs had been fruit shapes. I like making a really small sample out of scrap paper earlier than chopping the felt simply because I like to carry the sample as much as my ear in a mirror to see how large or small the earrings will look on me. I needed smaller, delicate wanting earrings for this undertaking, however I didn’t need them to be so small you couldn’t inform what they had been. So making a paper sample helped me, but when will not be essential for you. Both manner, when you’re prepared, lower out the designs within the shade felt.

Step Two: Sew the beads in place. Just like embroidery, you wish to add small quantities of beads to the thread and sew them into your design. In case your design adjustments colours typically, you might be stitching only one bead at a time. However when you have areas which might be all one shade (like my fruit designs), you possibly can add extra beads directly after which sew round them to carry them in place in your felt. Don’t fear concerning the again of the felt wanting messy or having knots to carry issues in place.

In case your total design is all beads, nice, however I made a decision so as to add very small material leaves together with the seed beads to present a distinct texture. When you have different components you’re including then try this now as effectively. And in case you are anxious about your stitching displaying, you need to use coloured thread that matches your beads or felt.

Step Three: End the earrings by glueing on a again piece of sturdy, non-fraying material in addition to an earring submit. Test the label on the glue you utilize and ensure to permit it to completely dry/set. I like to make use of fast drying glues so I don’t have to fret concerning the posts sliding round as they dry.

That’s it! I informed you it was fairly easy and, I feel, actually enjoyable. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Credit // Creator: Emma Chapman. Images: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Pictures edited with A Shade Story Desktop.

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