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Free Jewelry Making Tutorials: Crafting Handmade Pins, Bracelets, Necklaces and More
A collection of fun and creative jewelry tutorials for making pins, brooches, bracelets, necklaces, and jewelry-inspired crafts! If you like jewelry, you're bound to find a project here to fit your personal style and crafting skills.
Grouped by material, these jewelry projects use a variety of supplies from beads, buttons, and paper to plastic, polymer clay, and yarn. I've even included some projects for displaying your finished jewelry. Stop by often as new tutorials are added!
Beads, Buttons, and Fabric
How to Hand Paint Beads to Make a Colorful Statement Necklace - Hand painting beads is easier than you think and a great way to create a bold statement necklaces that fits your own personal style. Once your beads are painted, they can be strung alone or combined with other beads to design unique necklaces that you'll be proud to wear.
How to Make a Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace - Necklaces composed of many strands of beads may seem complicated, but are actually quite easy to make with materials from your local craft store or big box retailer. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to create your own beautiful multi-strand beaded necklace and offer some ideas on how to make your necklace uniquely your own.
Colorful Ombré Necklace Made with Buttons - Ombré design is one of the hottest fashion trends now and it's easy to create your own colorful necklace using a collection of buttons and some bead string.
Handmade Fabric Rosette Necklace - These fabric rosettes add a feminine touch to any accessory and look especially pretty hung together on a necklace. These rosettes are easy to make, and can be embellished with a variety of materials like beads, sequin, rhinestones, paint, and lace.
How to Make a Quick and Easy Beaded Ribbon Necklace - Choosing and arranging beads for a necklace can be an intimidating task. This tutorial will show you how to put together beads using a length of ribbon for a quick and easy necklace (or bracelet) that you'll be excited to say you made yourself!
Simple Wire and Bead Shawl Pin or Clasp - A shawl pin or clasp is a decorative item worn to hold the ends of a shawl or scarf together. These pieces also keep your shawl or scarf in place as you move around. This simple shawl pin design requires only a few basic materials to create this stylish piece of jewelry.
Heart-Shaped Button Pin, Brooch, or Pendant - I love buttons! One of my favorite crafting materials, buttons are always a fun and creative way to decorate any project. This heart-shaped design can be embellished with a pretty arrangement of buttons, and worn as a pin, brooch, or pendant.
Oven-Bake and Polymer Clay
"Love Letter" Polymer Clay Pendant or Key Chain - Polymer Clay is a versatile material that you can use for making so many things. I especially like using it for small jewelry items. This "love letter" pendant or key chain is a sweet way to share a personal message. These charming items make wonderful gifts for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, an anniversary, or for a special friend or bridal party. This is a fun project that requires no special tools or experience with clay!
Note: For most of these tutorials, any oven bake clay or even salt dough clay can be used in place of polymer clay.
"Stained Glass" Polymer Clay Pendant - This tutorial shows how to make a stained glass inspired pendant using polymer clay, stamps, and colored pencils. This tutorial is fun and easy and should be appropriate for any creative crafter. This technique can also be expanded to make larger items like Christmas tree decorations, key chains, and other decorative items.
String Art Necklace Pendant or Brooch - String art is a popular trend in crafts and home decor. Now you can use this technique to make unique and personalized jewelry items like brooches and pendants. This fun tutorial uses polymer clay, some basic tools, and thread to make this eye-catching pendant or brooch.
Matryoshka Style Polymer Clay Charms - It was hard to decide whether to put these colorful jewelry charms under the heading of Polymer Clay or Recycled and Repurposed. These Matryoshka style dolls are made using polymer clay and a pull tab off a can in your recycling bin. Brightly decorated with traditional flowers, these dolls can be made as charms for necklaces, bracelets, or key chains, or used for the front of a pin or brooch.
Beaded Shawl Stick or Hair Ornament - This beaded ornament is easier to make than it looks. Using polymer clay to create the stick, this eye-catching ornament is topped with a pretty bead and finished with other decorative details. This special item can be worn as a jewelry stick through a knitted garment or as an ornament in your hair.
Pretty Polymer Clay Shawl Pin and Stick - Another design for a shawl ornament, this pin or clasp features a circle back piece and a stick that fits through the center. This pin can either be worn to hold a shawl in place or to decorate a knitted sweater. An easy project requiring just a few tools, this tutorial is great for anyone who wants to try working with polymer clay for the first time.
Chunky I-cord Statement Necklaces - I-cords are a basic technique that any knitter should have in their basket of tools. These cords can be used for making a variety of things, including jewelry! This tutorial features ideas and instructions for creating three different statement necklace designs using basic i-cords. A video for making your basic i-cord is also included.
Flirty Flower Pin with Button Center - This cheerful flower pin is a fun way to add a touch of color to your lapel or wardrobe. This tutorial includes directions for making your flower and turning it into a pin or brooch. However, these colorful embellishments can be used to decorate a number of things like bags, pillows, hats, or headbands.
High Tea Collar Necklace - This knitting pattern features a string of cables with a little bit of lace detailing to create an elegant accessory. This necklace is also very versatile - it can be worn as a necklace with the button closure in the back, or as a collar with the button detail showing in the front center.
Loopy Loop Necklace - Another fun necklace made from knitted i-cords, this colorful accessory is embellished with embroidery stitches and bright color. This geometric jewelry piece is on trend and will earn you a number of compliments for your style and knitting skills.
Recycled and Repurposed Materials
Skeleton Necklace with Beads - A recycled skeleton key can become the perfect centerpiece to hang combinations of beads and trinkets to create a uniquely stunning necklace. This is a surprisingly easy project if you are familiar with using pliers and jewelry making supplies, and a great way to reuse lockets or special items to make beautifully personal piece of jewelry.
How to Make a New Necklace Out of an Old Bracelet - I love finding ways to reuse and re-imagine my old jewelry pieces into new items that I will enjoy wearing again. This creative design uses a link bracelet as the neck band for a beaded necklace.
How to Make Jewelry Charms from Recycled Materials - Using recycled and repurposed materials from around your home, you can make colorful charms for jewelry items like bracelets and necklaces. This tutorial shows you how to make your own charms from basic materials, and how to incorporate them into various jewelry designs!
How to Make a Bib Necklace with Paper Beads Made from Magazines, Catalogs, and Maps - Paper beads are a fun craft project for any age, but people will never guess that this colorful and unique necklace is made with recycled paper from magazines, catalogs, and maps. Just add a chain and some accent beads to create this fun and flirty design that you'll love to wear time and time again.
Other Materials to Try
Plexiglass Cuff Bracelet with Etched Design - Show off your artistic skills with this plexiglass bracelet decorated with your own etched drawing or design. This tutorial is a multi-step process and a technique that requires some drawing skills, but the results are amazing!
Creative Craft Projects to Display Your Jewelry
Now that you've created all this wonderful jewelry, show it off in a creative way!
Creative Jewelry Organizer or Display Board - Turn small garden accessories like trellis and fencing into a creative bulletin board, jewelry organizer, or display piece by adding some cork board and fabric!
Create a Festive Christmas Wall Hanging Using Repurposed Jewelry Pieces - This holiday wall decoration will add a fun sparkle to your holiday decor, using your own collection of jewelry as ornaments for this easy Christmas project. The best part is that you don't have to ruin your jewelry to make it! Your jewelry can be removed and go straight back into your jewelry box to wear and enjoy again.
© 2015 Donna Herron