Who doesn’t love a great piece of jewelry? There are so many beautiful pieces available at the jewelry store but the best pieces are always the unique ones. There isn’t a better way to get unique jewelry than to simply make it yourself. Don’t get intimidated by the process. You can create your own amazing pieces easily. These DIY turquoise bird earrings are super simple to make and a gorgeous accessory! I was inspired to stretch out of my own jewelry comfort zone (which is typically very traditional) and I hope these inspire you to do the same.
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I don’t normally go for the rustic bohemian look. Sometimes a set catches your eye and you can’t believe how different it is from your usual style. This happened to me a couple of years at a yearly flea market held in Friendship, Indiana. (If you haven’t been, you totally should check it out sometime.) We were on our way back to the car when a set of earrings at a booth made me pause. I normally wear opal and pearls but these earrings were totally different. They were peacock feathers molded in antiqued silver with a small turquoise bead as the “eye” of the feather. Not only were they gorgeous, they were seriously $2.00! Needless to say, I was absolutely sold. They are still one of my favorite pairs!
- 2 Fishhook Earrings
- Brown Cording (I got the cording pictured at Michaels)
- 2 Turquoise Bird Beads (These also came from Michaels)
- 2 Clear Spacer Beads
- 2 Brown Rectangle Glass Beads (Mine came from a mixed set like this)
First, cut a length of cording about 4 in. long. Tie a knot in the end as pictured above.
Thread on your turquoise bird bead first. Pull the bead down all the way to your knot.
Next string your clear spacer bead followed by your brown glass bead on the cording. Again, pull the beads all the way down so that all of the beads are taut together.
Attach your fishhook by first threading your string through the eye at the end. (See the picture above.)
Pull the fishhook loop down to the beads. Next, loop the thread through the eye 2 more times. Then pull the loose end through the loops created and pull tight.
- Keep the fishhook eye as close to your beads with as you can. Failing to do so will make your beads hang loose from the hooks. (This just doesn’t look as nice as when the beads are taut.)
Trim the excess string from the bottom of the earring and your knot at the top.
Repeat steps 1-7 to create your second earring.
These are so pretty and easy to make. The brown string adds a little rustic touch to them that the clear string traditionally used for projects like this would not. You can also make these a little more quirky and colorful by switching out the brown glass beads for bigger, bright yellow or orange ones! If you love this project be sure to come back next week to find out how to make the matching bracelet. In the meantime, check out these other fun fashion crafts to make!