Making your own earrings is an exciting thing and the styles you can create for yourself are endless! When most people think of “crafted earrings”, however, they tend to think of long dangly things with lots of beading. What if that’s not your style and you’re looking for something a little less flashy?
Check out these 15 DIY stud earring projects that will keep you on trend, but in a subtler, more understated way than hanging beads and rhinestones!
1. Marble jade earrings
A Beautiful Mess shows you how to create these gorgeously smooth circle earrings with a subtle marbling effect. Because you’re using clay, you can choose whether you’d like to marble two shades of the same colour together, like these ones, or get really crazy and choose different colours!
2. Faux druzy earrings
Druzy is an absolutely beautiful effect in jewelry making, but you might not be a professional with access to minerals and crystals. Instead, try making yourself these little faux druzy earrings from glass glitter and Mod Podge Melts! Craftaholics Annonymous walks you through it every step of the way.
3. Marc Jacobs-inspired delicate bows
One of our very faovurite things about being good at DIY projects is being able to recreate things we’ve seen by designers but can’t quite afford! Small Good Things appreciates that skill too. Check out this tutorial for a pair of delicate bow-shaped studs inspired by Marc Jacobs earrings.
4. Kate Spade-inspired dot stud earrings
In Honor of Design shares our passion for designers recreations too! These little two-toned studs, which you can paint any colour combination you like, were inspired by a Kate Spade design.
5. Hardware studs
Just because you want to look pretty doesn’t been you can’t get a little industrial too! Brit + Co. combined the two by transforming a some nuts from a hardware store into a chic pair of gold stud earrings.
6. Shrink plastic kitty studs
This DIY project combines your love for crafting and baking; just don’t try to eat the earrings! Cut circles from a sheet of shrinking plastic and then cut a little set of eats into each circle. Once you’ve baked them, you’ll have a pair of simple felines for your lobes. Get the instructions on The Pink Samurai.
7. 20-minute clay studs
This cute set of shaped studs by Brit + Co. uses the same technique as the first earrings in this list, but without marbling different colours of clay. Instead, try making simple shapes out of solid colours or using two colours to make your earrings two-toned.
8. Two-tone chevron studs
Chevron is always in, as we’re pretty happy with that. If the chunkier clay earrings are a little too big for the look you have in mind, check out Baisley & Noir to learn a technique that’s just a little more delicate looking.
9. Studded earrings
This earring idea by Swellmayde takes the idea of wearing “stud earrings” very literally, and we’re so glad! Small blunt studs and spikes are an awesomely subtle way to give your outfit a bit of an edge without being too wild for the workplace or a nice restaurant.
10. Wire knot studs
Not only are these “knotted” earrings a lot of fun to look at, but they’re also a total blast to make! You’ll love twisting the malleable wire into whatever creative faux knots you can think of. Check out how Dream a Little Bigger made these ones!
11. Mis-en-Dior earrings
We are absolutely obsessed with this extra decorative style of earring. Hello Whimsy shows you how to make your own, with a delicate little ball in front of your lobe and a bigger one in the back so it can be seen peeking out!
12. Glitter hex nuts
Did you like the previous idea of using a nut as an earring, but wish it had a little more flair? Then Cafe Craftea‘s design for glitzy, glittered nut studs is definitely what you’re looking for!
13. Silver and resin earrings
Working with resin might look very complicated, but it’s actually easier than you’d think. Oh the Lovely Things‘ design for these resin earrings with a band of silver is a great place to start, because it’s a simple but stylish shape.
14. Monkey knot yarn earrings
These adorable little knotted studs are a great way to use up yarn ends form your knitting projects! If you’re not a knitter and you don’t have yarn, try using coloured string (or plain string that you coloured yourself) instead! Fall for DIY shows you how to get the perfectly knotted shape.
15. Glittery thunderbolt studs
Are you a big Harry Potter fan? Maybe you’re a comic book fan instead? Either way, these glittery lightning bolts are definite eye-catchers. Check out how they’re done on A Beautiful Mess!
Have you made yourself other DIY stuf earrings in a style that you don’t see here? Tell us about how you did it or link us to a picture of your work in the comments section!