There are so many beautiful styles of jewelry. You can use beads, glass, metal, wood, clay and even yarn or paper to create fun handmade pieces of jewelry. Give personal gifts to friends or create special jewelry for yourself. The options really are unlimited
Create jewelry from just about anything, it's only limited by the materials you have access to. Use your imagination and your creative mojo to create unique jewelry you'll be proud to show off.
Jewelry Craft Projects to Try
No matter your skill set, there are definitely jewelry craft projects you can make. If you've never made a single piece of jewelry, start with something simple like braided leather bracelets or a clay pendant you make using a jewelry mold and paint.
If you love working on small projects, grab some needle-nose pliers and start playing with some wire and beads. You can start working on jewelry crafts with just a few supplies for very little cost or you can go all out and buy the top-of-the-line tools and genuine rhinestones and hand-crafted stones. What are you going to create?
Here are just a few ideas of jewelry crafts you can create yourself – Tutorials included!
This Faux Geode Necklace is as beautiful as it is fun to make! It's not really made of stone, it's instead sculpted out of clay and glass glitter. I love the look and variety of colors you can use to create it. This DIY necklace tutorial can be found at Mad in Crafts.
You can make jewelry that features your own favorite talents and skills. This Pretty floral pendant is made using wood and embroidery thread to create a pretty littlecross stitched flower. Find out more by visiting Flamingo Toes.
This entire pink ribbon jewelry set was created with different beads and cut paper. Each ribbon is made up of carefully cut paper using my Cricut machine and then layered together to create a solid charm. You can read more about it and follow the step-by-step instructions on my pink ribbon jewelry tutorial.
Create coordinating jewelry sets that are beautiful! This stunning handmade bracelet and earring set can be customized easily just by changing the bead colors. Find the full tutorial designed by Carla Schauer.
Jewelry doesn't have to be all sparkles or glitter. This gorgeous jewelry watch is created from layers of leather with accents of little metal beads. Small accents can make the biggest impact when you make jewelry. Find out how to make this pretty watch – hop over to Happy Hour Projects.
Pick a color and focus! Make jewelry that features your favorite color or favorite style. Make a piece that really adds a little flare to your personality or highlights something special about you. This Autumn Necklace in Blue Hues has a beautiful clay pendant layered with color and the whole piece is accented by pretty metal details. Read the tutorial at 365 Days of Crafts.
Did you know you can make earrings with your Cricut machine? Use the deep-cut blade to cut faux leather (or the craft knife to cut real leather) and make a wide variety of earings. This pair is one of a set of earings I've designed as an SVG bundle.
More Jewelry craft ideas to make
Here are even more jewelry craft inspirations for you. A few of these are not tutorials but jewelry pieces I love. I think it's absolutely fabulous to combine materials and colors to showcase your style. I will never (probably not) be a fantastic jewelry designer. However, I'm willing to try and if it doesn't turn out exactly as I expect, no one will know if I don't tell them… right? GO with it. Just try it and see what you come up with.
I LOVE these layered bead bracelets. You can make individual bracelets, each featuring a single color and then mix and match the different bracelets depending on what you are wearing. Accessorize with the same pieces in so many different ways. Find out how to make these wristlets over ad I Always Pick the Thimble. This tutorial has some AMAZING close-up shots to show how to use the tools to create this look, beautiful.
This dragonfly bracelet is made using easy-to-assemble components you can mix and match. You choose a leather band and then slide on different decorative pieces, voila! That's it. Read more about these fun jewelry craft components in my review.
Handmade jewelry, even when the main design is flat, doesn't have to remain 3 dimensional. Add other embellishments to create a few new looks and add some sparkle. These leather earrings were created with a layer of iron-on vinyl and embellished with stitched beads. Take a look at the full earring tutorial here.
Which project will you make first?
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There are many more techniques and themes to use in your own DIY jewelry crafts. Explore the different tools available and play with your own designs. I love to browse magazines and photos online to get ideas of jewelry to create. Look at what is in the stores and come up with your own twist on your favorite looks. I save some of my favorite jewelry looks on my Pretty Things board on Pinterest. Start collecting your own ideas and then jump in and make your own jewelry craft – I can't wait to see what you create, stop by and show it off! You can stop by the 100 Directions Facebook page and leave a note too.