How to Make Your Own Jewelry | Tutorials, Tips & Ideas
DIY Mixed Media & Fashion Costume Jewelry
If you love to create or you just want to be able to make your own unique and trendy jewelry at home, then I hope this page will inspire you. I'v compiled a list of tutorials for crafting fashion and costume jewelry which only require basic techniques and few tools so that even absolute beginners can accomplish a great result.
The materials used are extremely varied and the project ideas will hopefully inspire you to get creative with your designs - because after all there are so many materials that can be used including fabric, lockets, wire, chain, pearls, clay and paper.
The instructions also cover a wide range of styles, such as bib necklaces, dainty charm bracelets and statement earrings, so you will no doubt be able to find many ideas to suit your personal taste.
Hope you find this lens fun and useful :-)
Long Fabric Necklace
Making Your Own Jewelry
Costume jewelry making is accessible to everyone and is a popular and fun hobby. For most projects you will need a pair of jewelry pliers with a flat inside edge, plus general items such as superglue (I use E6000) and scissors. There may be other basic tool requirements on top on that, but usually the DIYs are for completing by beginners at home.
To make your own jewelry means that you can keep up-to-date with fashion trends for much less money, plus you can make accessories that are completely unique to you. If you see a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings you like in a high street shop then you can use it for inspiration to make your own homemade version.
Costume jewelry is often 'mixed media', meaning that it's made from a combination of different materials such as metal, clay, fabric, plastic etc. There aren't really any rules for what you can and cannot use so it's time to put your creativity and imagination into action!
Long Tassell Earrings
Fabric and Mixed Media Jewelry 1
Please bear in mind that the jewellery made using all of these tutorials are for personal, not commercial use. Thanks :-)
- Paper Beads Necklace
Gorgeous beads made from paper.
- Doily Heart Necklaces
To be split between best friends.
- Make Your Own Lava Rock
Using polymer clay and salt.
- Recycled Newspaper Beads
Really pretty handmade beads.
- T-Shirt Necklaces
Fun layered necklaces made from t-shirts. One of my favourites.
- Resin Pendants
Learn how to make resin pendants with paper images embedded inside.
- Brad Necklace
Using fabric covered brads.
- Satin Cord Knotting
Good for use with pendants.
- Beautiful Projects
Basic techniques plus unique and funky bracelets and necklaces.
- Adjustable Knot
Used to make a cord necklace adjustable in length.
- Rolled Paper Beads
Or you could use fabric.
- Embellishing Hoop Earrings
By adding knots, trims or crochet.
- Geometric Clay Pendant
Stylish faceted clay gem on a chain.
Foreign Coin Charm Bracelet
Fabric and Mixed Media Jewelry 2
- Vintage Lace Necklace
Using a pre-made lace shape.
- Button Earrings
Cute studs made from plastic buttons.
- Fabric Flower Earrings
Sweet fabric and bead studs.
- Woven Ribbon Pendant
Pendant made by weaving ribbons together.
- Origami Heart Earrings
Learn to fold paper hearts.
- Flower Ruffle Collar
Romantic style fabric necklace.
- Faux Pearl Necklace
Made from corn starch, salt and water.
- Leather Chain Necklace
With individual links made from leather pieces.
- Ribbon & Pearl Necklace
Black ribbon and fake pearls make a great necklace.
- Recycled Tights Necklace
Funky necklace made from tights and stockings.
- Pebble Necklace
Cool surf style necklace of braided fabric with a pebble pendant.
- Faux Agate Slices
These would make pretty pendants.
- Paper Bead Pyramid Earrings
I love the statement design of this easy earrings.
Woven Friendship Bracelets
Fabric and Mixed Media Jewelry 3
- Beaded Necklace
In exotic colours.
- Decal Penny Pendant
Using glaze and a coin.
- Collaged Crystals
Would make fab pendants.
- Braided Fabric Necklace
With a gorgeous colour combination.
- Photo Jewellery
Using shrink plastic.
- Cork Silhouette Necklaces
Fun and whimsical pendants.
- Wrapped Rope Necklace
Funky & tribal layered necklaces.
- Precious Metal Clay Pendant
Silver PMC rubber-stamped necklace.
- Organic Jewellery
Made from painted melon seeds.
- Woven Chain Bracelet
Embroidery thread woven onto metal chain.
- Hex Nut Bracelet
Hardware braided onto white rope.
- Enameled Keys
Simply paint skeleton keys with nail polish for this fun necklace.
Mini Glass Bottle Pendants
If you buy a mini glass bottle or vial, you can fill them with gemstones, shells, dried flowers, sand, glitter, beads, sequins or anything else you can think of! You can buy bottles which already have hoops at the top, or you can add your own wire loop.
Photo and necklaces by Waponi.
PVC & Rhinestone Bib
Fabric and Mixed Media Jewelry 4
- Geometric Button Studs
Use felt-tips to design your own geometric post earrings.
- Clay Strawberry Necklace
Designer-style gold and turquoise charm.
- Vintage Hankie Bracelets
Floaty and feminine bracelets made by braiding hankies with chain.
- Upgraded Pasta Necklace
Pasta pieces are made into cool fashion jewellery with paint and fabric.
- M&Ms Clay Charms
Make realistic little sweet charms using clay.
- Bird's Nest Earrings
Using wire and pearls.
- Wire Writing
How to write 'mom' in wire for a lovely gift.
- Chevron & Coral Earrings
Really pretty drop earrings with a bead cluster and chevron shapes.
- Simple Beaded Earrings
A nice start to making your own wire earrings.
- Beautiful Beaded Bib Necklace
With fabulous embroidery, beads and gems.
- Tassel Earrings
With beaded string drops.
Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet
Fabric and Mixed Media Jewelry 5
- Braided Bead Necklace
One of my favourites necklace tutorials.
- Drilling Beach Stones
How to safely drill through pebbles so you can use them for jewelry.
- Sewn Jewel Bib Necklace
Instructions for sewing jewels onto an organza backing.
- Triangle Ladder Necklace
Made with wooden popsicle sticks painted with nail polish!
- Geometric Chain & Tubes
Triangle pattern necklace made with chain and metal tubes.
- Petal Earring Studs
Feminine fabric and pearl earrings.
- Embroidered Shrink Plastic
Shrink plastic is a simple way to make your own charms.
How To Make a Cut-Out Bib Necklace - Fashionable Statement Necklace Project
What you will need:
* A piece of 6" x 4.5" pleather, leather or thick (3mm) felt baize in the color of your choice
* A print-out of the template above
You can change the size of the template if you wish - but if you do this remember that you will need more/less leather as a result.
* Length of jewelry chain
To work out how much chain you require, measure a necklace you currently have which you like the length of (in inches). Then take off 5" and split the remaining length in half. For example, if you want an 18" long necklace (which is the most popular length), then you take 5" off to make 13" and you split this in half so you'll end up with two pieces of chain which are 6.5" long each.
* 4 Jump rings (at least 5mm in diameter) that match the chain
* Lobster clasp to match the chain
* Marker pen or chalk
* Cutting mat (or thick cardboard)
* Craft knife (or small scissors)
* Jewelry pliers
* Leather punch tool or awl (useful but not vital)
- Take your printed template and use your craft knife or scissors to carefully cut out all of the white sections, leaving just the black shape.
- Place the template on the back of your piece of pleather/leather/felt material and use your marker pen to go around all of the edges of the template to transfer the design outline to your material. If you are using a dark material you will need a light fabric marker or chalk.
- Cut out the pattern from your material, as you did with the paper.
- Use your leather punch or awl to make 2 holes in your material as marked with white dots on the template. If you don't have these tools, use small scissors.
- Use your jewelry pliers to open a jump ring and feed it through one of these holes and through the end link of one of your chain lengths. Close the jump ring. Do this for each of the two holes.
- At the other ends of your two pieces of chain, attach another jump ring. Join one of these jump rings to your lobster clasp.
Purple & Gold Chain Necklace
More Mixed Media Jewellery
- Potentilla Bib
Lovely fabric flower necklace.
- Gilded Acorn
Autumn themed necklace.
- Rope Necklace
Chunky layered design.
- Flag Bunting Necklace
Anthropologie inspired design.
- Cross Stitch Pendant
Pretty necklace with a geometric design.
- Clay Bangles
With floral stamped patterns on the clay.
- Shrinky Dinks Necklace
Sewing mini plastic shapes together.
- Holiday Sparkle Earrings
Recycling tinsel into fun jewelry.
- Shrinky Dink Jewelry
Turn computer images into adorable plastic charms.
- Flamingo Toes Tutorials
Lots of how-tos for pretty fashion necklaces.
- Ombre Bead Necklace
Gorgeous wirelace necklace with a colour gradient.
Brass Locket Necklace
Floating Rhinestone Necklace
DIY Ring How-Tos and Ideas
- Wire Ring
How to make a wire wrapped ring.
- Casting Resin Rings
Using a mold system.
- Polymer Clay Ring/Brooch
Using plaster to create the pattern.
- Satin Flower Rings
Circle satin layers with beads in the centre.
- Faux Hammered Gold Rings
Faceted rings that look like metal but are actually made of clay.
- Shrinky Dink Rings
Show your personality with these plastic rings.
- DIY Swirl Ring
How to shape wire into a pretty swirl design.
- Delicate Feathers Double-Ring
An eye-catching fashion statement.
- Wire Hearts Ring
A fun project to try when starting out in wire-work.
DIY Multichain Necklace
Creative Jewelry You Can Make Yourself
- Embroidered Cabochon Tutorial
Gorgeous pendant created with embroidery stitches and pretty beads.
- Layered Fabric Necklaces
A trio of braided necklaces of different lengths.
- Clay Bead Bracelets
Make your own clay beads to add to a braided bracelet.
- DIY Braided Clay Bracelet
Strands of clay are braided to make these gorgeous bracelets.
- Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet
Mix plastic strands with traditional chains.
- DIY Twig Necklace
Have a look at the rest of this website too.
- Eyelash Earrings
Cute geometric stud earrings made with shrink plastic.
- Vintage Butterfly Necklace
Beautiful and feminine design which even beginners can make.
- Geometric Clay Pendant
Cool triangle necklace pendant made from clay.
- Painted Leather Diamond
DIY geometric pendant made of leather.
- Canvas Feathers
Beautiful feathers pendant made by using your artistic skill on canvas.
- Raw Crystal Necklace
How to create a stunning necklace from natural amethyst crystals.
- Colourful Wood Bead Necklace
Fun summer necklace DIY with painted beads.
Leather Lanyard Bracelet
Best Tools & Supplies on Amazon
Here are a selection of handy tools and findings for jewelry making. There are many, many products to choose from in this craft so don't go mad at first - just get the basics and then build up your collection over time :)
Funky Spike Ring
Bracelets, Bangles & Brooches
- Wire and Pearl Cuff
Made by knitting wire.
- Rose Cuff
Bracelet with fabric roses all over.
- Fun Resin Bracelet
Link bracelet with embedded images.
- Wired Heart Brooch
With an arrow brooch pin.
- Leather Braiding
Braiding 3-strand leather - good for bracelets/cuffs.
- Woven Bracelet
Made by weaving paracord.
- Loop Braiding Technique
Useful technique for bracelets - especially men's.
- Unique and Fashionable Projects
Basic techniques plus unique and funky bracelets and necklaces.
- Decoupage Bangles
Adding layers of paper to plain bangles.
- Faux Wood Bracelet
Embroidered wrist cuff.
- Knitted Bangles
How to add a knitted layer to bangles.
- Lucky Charm Bracelet
Using Shrinky Dinks.
- Trim Bracelets
Fun fabric bracelets.
- DIY Flossy Bangle
Stylish and fashionable woven thread revamp.
- DIY Wrap Bracelet
Funky and intricate designs which can be recreated by anyone.
- Leather Friendship Bracelets
Wrap leather cord with embroidery thread for some boho chic.