Make your own rhinestone earrings
A stunning piece of jewelry can enhance any outfit and make you feel like a million dollars but your jewelry piece should not empty your wallet. These earrings are simple to make, look expensive and you don’t need any jewelry making experience.
For this project I used:
A pair of oval shaped craft wood pieces (found in most craft stores) approximately 10 mm x 26 mm
Small drill bit (approximately 1 mm in diameter) and/or awl
Silver metallic craft paint
Silver jump rings – 4mm and 8 mm
9ss Light Siam rhinestones
10ss Crystal Rhinestones
To begin, you need to make a hole in the top of the wooden oval shapes. I tried several methods. I found that you can use an awl but if you apply too much pressure, the wood will crack. If you apply slow steady pressure, you can make a hole without cracking it. I found it easier though to hand drill a hole using a small drill bit. I placed a block of wood underneath the wood shape and applying slow even pressure with the on the drill bit, I rotated the wooden shape until I was through to the other side.
I wanted my earring to have a metallic look so next I painted the shapes with silver metallic craft paint. I painted several coats letting each coat dry completely. When the paint was dry, I inserted a 8 mm jump ring into each hole. To keep the earrings from facing the back, I added a 4 mm jump ring and then earring wires.
You are now ready to glue on your rhinestones. Begin at the bottom of the earring by placing a drop of glue about the size of the rhinestone. Using your wax tipped tool, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue drop. Continue gluing until your shape is covered in rhinestones. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Just a turn of your head will send out shimmers of sparkle and you will feel like a million dollars!
Rhinestones and wax tipped tool are available from:
I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.