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Here’s how to make a perfect summer anklet with braided string and beads

finished anklet 2

Beaded and braided, could this anklet be any more boho perfect?

You will need the following tools and materials to make your braided bead anklet:

1: Pliers. You will need your cutting pliers, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers to make this anklet.

Cutting pliers, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers

2: Scissors for trimming your string.

A pair of scissors.

3: Three pieces of string approximately 2 feet long (approx. 60cm).

three pieces of string

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4: Two cord crimp ends.

leather crimp ends

5: Two jump rings.

small gold jump rings

6: A lobster clasp.

gold lobster clasp

7: Beads of your choice. I used two green e-beads and a larger glass feature bead.

two e beads

lsrge glass bead

Follow these steps to make your braided anklet:

1: Collect the strings together and tie one end in a knot.

knotting ends of string together

2: Begin braiding the strings.

braiding strings

3: Continue braiding until the braided section reaches nearly half way around your ankle.

braided half way

4: Add one of the e-beads to the middle string and continue braiding around it to secure it in place.

adding e bead

braid around bead

5: Braid the strings 3-4 times and then add the large feature bead, braiding around it as you did for the first e-bead.

adding large bead

braidign around big bead

6: Braid another 3-4 times before adding the final e-bead.

adding third bead

7: Braid around the final e-bead and continue braiding until the anklet is long enough to fit around your ankle.

braiding around last bead and beyond

finished braiding

8: Knot the other end of the anklet.

knotting end

braiding finished

9: Trim the ends of the strings on each end of the anklet using cutting pliers or scissors.

trimming string

10: Place one of the crimp ends around the ends of the string so that it sits closely to the knot.

getting crimp end ready

11: Squash one side of the crimp around the strings using the flat nose pliers.

squashing one side

one side squashed

12: Squash down the other side of the crimp using the flat nose pliers.

squashing other side

one crimp attached

13: Repeat steps 10-12 for the other side of the anklet.

both crimps attached

14: Add a jump ring to one side of the anklet and slide on the lobster clasp and close the jump ring to secure it in place.

attaching clasp

clasp attached

15: Add the other jump ring to the other side of the anklet to finish it off.

attaching jump ring to other side

Now it is completed and ready to wear! Isn’t this just the perfect accessory for warm summer events?

finished anklet 1

Give your fingers a treat with this delicate chain ring!

finished chain ring 3

Little pieces of chain aren’t useless… turn them into pretty delicate chain ring!

You will need the following tools and materials to make this ring:

1: Pliers. You will need your round nose pliers and flat nose pliers to make this chain ring.

A pair of round nose pliers

A pair of flat nose pliers

2: A small piece of chain. Don’t worry if it isn’t quite long enough to fit entirely around your finger.

small pc chain

3: Two small jump rings. I used these small gold ones.

small gold jump rings

4: One large jump ring.

larger jump ring

5: One medium sized jump ring.

second medium jump ring

6: Three head pins.

three small silver head pins

7: Three beads. I used these pink glass e-beads.

three pink beads

Follow these steps to make your chain ring:

1: Add a small jump ring to either side of the chain.

one jump ring attached

both rings attached

2: Attach the end jump rings to the large jump ring to form a completed loop.

attaching one large

attaching other side

ring made

3: Add each of the beads to each of the head pins.

beads on pins

4: Loop the ends of each pin using the round nose pliers.

curling pin

one curled pin

three curled pins

5: Add each of the pins to the medium sized jump ring.

charms attached to jump roing

6: Attach the jump rings with the bead charms to the large jump ring in the middle of the chain ring. Use your pliers to close the jump ring and secure the charms in place.

attachign charms to ring

charms attached to ring

Now your ring is finished. So easy and unique!

finished chain ring 1

finished chain ring 2

Shell earrings two different ways… perfect for summer!

shell earrings

This is two tutorials in one! Here’s two ideas for incorporating shells into your DIY earring designs. These shell earrings look awesome and are easy to make.

To make some mismatched pearl and shell earrings you will need the following materials:

1: Pliers. You will need your round nose pliers and flat nose pliers to make these earrings.

A pair of round nose pliers

A pair of flat nose pliers

2: Earring hooks.

two earring hooks

3: One small piece of chain.

small piece of chain

4: Two large jump rings.

two big jump rings

5: One small jump ring.

Silver colored jump ring

6: Two small head pins.

Two small head pins featuring ball ends

7: Two pearl beads. I used these freshwater pearls.

two pearls

8: Two open shells with holes drilled in them. I used these shells recycled from some old jewelry.

two drilled shells

Follow these steps to make your mismatched shell and pearl earrings:

1: Add each of the pearl beads to the head pins.

two pearls on pins

2: Use the round nose pliers to create a loop at the top of each pin to secure the beads in place.

curling pin

two curled pins

3: Attach the pearl to the shell using the large jump rings.

adding jump ring to one shell

4: On one of the shells, attach the piece of chain to the open jump ring.

pearl added to front

5: close the jump ring to secure the chain to the shell charm.

first charm finished

6: Close the jump ring on the other shell charm.

second charm with pieces on

two charms finished

7: Attach an earring hook to the end of the chain.

adding hook to chain

8: Add the other other hook to to the second shell charm using the remaining small jump ring.

adding small jump ring to larger one

earring hook added

Once your earring hooks are attached your earrings are finished! If you’ve got double piercings in one ear you can wear these together for a fun layered look.

shell and pearl earrings

This next set of earrings uses drilled shells to add some summer flair to simple drop earrings.

You will need the following tools and materials to make your shell drop earrings:

1: Pliers. You will need your round nose pliers and flat nose pliers to make these earrings.

A pair of round nose pliers

A pair of flat nose pliers

2: Two head pins.

two head pins

3: Two earring hooks.

two earring hooks

4: Two drilled shells. I used these shells that came in a mixed bag of beads.

two shells with holes

5: Beads of your choice. I used these pink e-beads and natural colored wooden beads.

pink beads

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Follow these steps to make your shell drop earrings:

1: Add three beads to each of the pins in your chosen pattern.

three beads added to each pin

2: Add a shell to each pin.

shell added to each

3: Add another four beads in your chosen pattern to the pins on top of the beads.

add 4 more beads

4: Bend each pin at a right angle to the beaded section using the round nose pliers.

bending pin right angle

one bent pin

5: Create a loop at the top of each pin using the round nose pliers to secure the beads in place.

curling pin copy

both pins curled

6: Add an earring hook to the top loop of each head pin. Once your earring hooks are secured in place your earrings are finished and ready to wear!

pin on earring

both earrings attached

pink shell earrings

Use Special Charms and Some Awesome beads to make this stunning necklace.

pendant with accent beads

This pendant necklace is so cute! Use a pre-made pendant, or make your own, and surround it with some pretty accent beads to make a lovely little necklace!

You will need the following tools and materials to make this necklace:

1: Pliers. You will need your cutting pliers, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers to make this necklace.

Cutting pliers, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers

2: A piece of chain long enough to fit around your neck. You can make your chain longer or shorter depending on where you want your necklace to sit.

chain

3: Two eye pins.

two eye pins

4: Two smaller jump rings.

two silver colored jump rings

5: One medium sized jump ring.

one medium jump ring

6: A lobster clasp.

one silver lobster clasp

7: A pendant or charm. I used this bent wire charm that used to be an earring.

charm

8: Extra beads. I used two silver colored metal beads. You can use any beads that you think will complement your chosen pendant or charm.

two silver beads

Follow these steps to make your necklace:

1: Split the piece of chain in half, you will have two equal length pieces of chain.

chain split into 2

2: Add each of the accent beads to each of the eye pins.

beads on pins

3: Bend each eye pin at a right angle to the beaded section using the round nose pliers.

bending pin

two bent pins

4: Trim each pin if required, the angled part of the pin should be approximately 1cm in length.

trimming pins

two trimmed pins

5: Create a loop at the top of the pin using the round nose pliers to secure the beads onto the pins.

curling pins

two finished accent beads

6: Add the beaded pins to one end of each chain.

attaching one charm to one chain

both charms attached

7: Attach the other ends of each beaded pin to the larger jump ring and slide the charm on in the middle of the two chains.

attaching ends end charm

8: Close the jump ring to secure the chains and charm together.

charm attached

9: Add a smaller jump ring to the other end of one of the chains and add the lobster clasp to the same jump ring. close the jump ring to secure the clasp in place.

attaching jump ring

attaching clasp

clasp attached

10: Add the other jump ring to the other side of the necklace, close it to secure it in place.

jump ring attached

Now your necklace is finished! How simple but beautiful is this design?

accent beads necklce 2

accent beads 3

Here’s another accent bead necklace made using a resin charm.

green and silver resin 1

Here’s how to use those double hole beads to make some earrings.

double hole glass earrings

Recently we posted this tutorial that showed you how to use a double hole bead to make a necklace… if you loved that design you might want to make these matching earrings!

You will need the following tools and materials to make these earrings:

1: Pliers. You will need your flat nose pliers and round nose pliers to make these earrings.

A pair of flat nose pliers

A pair of round nose pliers

2: Four small head pins.

4 small head pins

3: Two double hole beads.

2 double hole beads

4: Two pieces of chain. I used pieces that were approximately 12cm long (4.7 inches).

2 pcs chain

5: Two earring hooks.

earring hooks

Follow these steps to make your earrings:

1: Add the head pins to each of the bead holes.

pins on beads

2: Curl the tops of each pin using the round nose pliers.

curling pins

one curled pin

curled pins

3: Attach one end of the chain to one of the head pins.

attaching chain

one side attached

4: Attach the other side of the chain to the other head pin loop on the same bead.

both sides attached

5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other bead. Each bead will have a chain loop attached to them.

both chains attached

6: Add the earring hook to each of the chains. I attached my earring hook around the chain so it could move freely but you could also attach the hook through a chain link so that it sits in place.

adding hook around chain

Once your earring hooks are in place your earrings are finished and ready to wear!

both earrings attached

double hole glass earrings

This fringe pendant necklace is so bright and fun! Make one as a fun christmas present!

orange varied pin necklace

Here’s all the steps you need to follow to make an awesome fringe pendant!

You will need the following tools and materials to make your fringe pendant necklace:

1: Pliers. You will need your cutting pliers, flat nose pliers and round nose pliers to make this necklace.

Cutting pliers, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers

2: One long eye pin.

long gold eye pin

3: Seven head pins that decrease in length, this will give your pendant a triangle shape.

7 gold head pins

4: A piece of chain that is at the length you would like your necklace to be.

chain

5: A lobster clasp.

gold clasp

6: Two jump rings.

two jump rings

7: Beads of your choice. I used seven opalite beads and some orange and yellow glass beads.

opalite beads

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orange glass beads

glass e beads

Follow these steps to make your fringe pendant necklace:

1: Add an opalite bead to each of the head pins.

bead added to head pin

all opalite beads added

2: Add the orange beads to each of the head pins leaving approximately 1cm exposed.

adding orange beads

3: Bend each pin at a right angle to the beads using the round nose pliers.

bending pin

4: Create a loop at the top of each pin using the round nose pliers to secure the beads in place.

looping pin

all pins beaded

5: Add a yellow bead to the eye pin, followed by a beaded pin. Continue adding beads and pins in this pattern until you have added all the pins to the eye pin.

add beads and pins in a pattern

6: Bend the eye pin to a right angle using the round nose pliers.

bending pin at right angle

7: Trim the pin using the cutting pliers.

trimming pin

8: Create a loop at the end of the eye pin to secure the beads and head pins in place.

looping eye pin

finished pendant

9: Attach each end of the chain to each side of the eye pin.

adding chain to one side

chain added to one side

adding chain to other side

chain on pendant

10: Split the chain in the middle.

split chain in middle

11: Attach a jump ring and the lobster clasp to one side of the newly opened necklace chain.

clasp attached

12: Attach a jump ring to the other side of the chain to finish off your necklace.

adding ring to other side

clasp attached finished

Once the final jump ring is in place your fringe pendant necklace is finished and ready to wear!

finished varied necklace

orange varied pin necklace

Here’s another necklace where the pins decline in the opposite direction.

pink and gold 2

Rhinestone earrings with furry pom pom ear jackets are the coolest earrings You’ve Ever Seen!

finished pom pom earrings

These earrings are so fun and cool! Make some just in time for the festive season.

You will need the following tools and materials to make your earrings:

1: Araldite Glue

Araldite glue

2: Scrap paper

A piece of scrap paper.

3: Skewer

A bamboo skewer

4: Flat bed earring posts

two flat bed post earrings

5: Two butterfly earring backs

two butterfly backs

6: Two jump rings.

two jump rings

7: Two rhinestones. I used these pink and gold rhinestones.

2 rhinestones

8: Two faux fur pom poms. I used these pink ones.

two pom poms

9: Pliers. You will need your flat nose and round nose pliers.

A pair of flat nose pliers

A pair of round nose pliers

Follow these steps to make your earrings:

1: Squeeze the Araldite out in equal parts onto the scrap paper.

Squeezing araldite out onto paper before it is mixed.

Araldite glue on a piece of paper before it is mixed

2: Mix the glue with a skewer.

Mixing the araldite glue onto a piece of paper

3: Add the glue to each of the earrings and place them carefully onto the backs of each rhinestone.

putting glue on earring

attaching earring to rhinestone

earring attached

4: Set aside the rhinestones to dry.

drying

5: Attach a jump ring to the loop at the top of the pom pom and slide the butterfly back onto the open jump ring.

attaching pom pom to earring back

6: Close the jump ring to secure the pom pom to the earring back.

attached

7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remaining pom pom and earring back.

front and back of fur earrings

Once your earrings are dry they’re ready to wear! How fun are these?

finished earring

finished pom pom earrings

The double hole bead is back! This bracelet is delicate and adorable.

double hole bead bracelet 2

The double hole bead strikes again! Make a bracelet to match your necklace using a double hole bead and some delicate chain.

You will need the following tools and materials to make your bracelet:

1: Pliers. You will need your round nose pliers, flat nose pliers and cutting pliers to make this bracelet.

Cutting pliers, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers

2: Two small eye pins.

two eye pins

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3: Two pieces of chain that fit comfortably around your wrist (maybe a bit on the tight side).

two pcs chain

4: Two jump rings.

two jump rings

5: A toggle clasp.

a gold toggle clasp

6: A bead of your choice that has two holes. I used this blue glass bead.

double hole bead

Follow these steps to make your bracelet:

1: Add one of the pins to one of the holes in the bead.

adding first pin

2: Bend the pin at a right angle to the bead using the round nose pliers.

bending first pin

3: Loop the pin to secure it on the bead using the round nose pliers.

curling first pin

4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the second pin.

both pins attached

5: Add a piece of chain onto one of the pin loops.

attaching first chain

chain attached on one side

6: Add the other side of the chain to the corresponding pin end on the other side of the bead.

attaching other side

7: Repeat steps 5-6 for the second piece of chain.

both chains attached

8: Split both chains in the middle opposite the bead charm.

split chains

9: Use a jump ring to attach two parallel chains together and add one part of the toggle clasp. Close the jump ring to secure the clasp component in place.

attaching clasp 1

one toggle attached

10: Repeat step 9 for the other side of the bracelet, securing the remaining clasp component in place.

attaching other side of toggle

toggle finished

Now your bracelet is finished! How cute is it?!

double hole bead bracelet 2

double hole bead bracelet

Update your worn out costume jewelry with this cool trick!

Do you have some cruddy old earrings lying around? Why not give them a quick makeover with some nail polish? This tutorial shows you how you can quickly and cheaply update your old costume jewelry.

You will need the following tools and materials for your earring makeover:

1: A pair of earrings that you want to update. I used these simple ball studs.

earrings

2: Nail polish. I used this dark metallic nail polish from Topshop.

topshop nailpolish

3: A piece of blutack or something similar. This will help keep your earrings upright while you paint them.

blutack

Follow these steps to complete your earring makeover:

1: Place your earrings in the blutack so that they stand upright.

earrings in blutack

2: Paint the earrings with the nail polish brush, make sure that you get good coverage but try not to paint it on too thick.

painting earrings

3: leave the earrings to dry for a while.

painted earrings

4: Add as many layers as you like to get coverage that you are happy with. I did 2 coats.

Once your earrings are completely dry they are ready to wear. How easy was that? And you can paint your nails to match!

Here’s another pair I updated using some glitter polish.

glitter painted earrings

Here’s how you can update your old ugly headbands… With Rhinestones!

headband 2

Do you need something fun to add to your festive outfits? This embellished headband is for you! If you’ve got an old ugly headband lying around this tutorial shows you the perfect way to jazz it up.

You will need the following tools and materials to make this headband:

1: A headband. I used this old headband I had lying around at home.

headband

2: Some ribbon.

ribbon

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3: Rhinestones.

rhinestones

4: A hot glue gun and glue sticks.

5: Scissors.

A pair of scissors.

Follow these steps to make your headband:

1: Add some glue to the inside of the headband with the glue gun.

adding glue to headband

2: Stick on end of the ribbon to the glue, being careful not to burn yourself as the glue will be hot.

adding end of ribbon to headband

3: Begin wrapping the ribbon tightly around the headband. Overlapping the ribbon to ensure that the headband is completely covered.

wrapping ribbon around headband

4: Continue wrapping the headband until you reach the other end.

5: Add more glue to the other end of the headband and place the ribbon over it to secure the end.

adding glue to other end

end glued down

6: Use the scissors to trim the excess ribbon.

trimming ribbon

headband with ribbon on

7: Add some glue to the top of the headband where you want your embellishment to sit, I mine slightly off center.

add glue to headband top

8: Place the first rhinestone onto the glue.

first rhinestone added

9: Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the remaining rhinestones until you are happy with your embellishments.

second rhinestone added

three rhinestone added

all rhinestones added

Once all your rhinestones are in place your headband is finished. Wait for the glue to dry and trim any of the excess glue strings before you pop it on!

headband 1