Gold Dipped Teardrop Earrings {with a $300 Paypal Giveaway}

Happy Monday!

I’ve teamed up with a group of super talented ladies to bring you 15 gorgeous gold inspired projects along with an awesome giveaway.

Gold Dipped Teardrop Earrings Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to make a pair of wire wrapped earrings for awhile now and I finally did it!  It was so much easier than I thought it would be.  And to add a little glam, I dipped the teardrop beads in gold leafing.

I was so nervous about this entire project but I’m so glad I went with it because the gold dipped earrings turned out even better than I thought they would.

Materials needed:

  • 22 gauge wire
  • teardrop beads
  • gold leafing paint
  • gold earring hooks
  • round nose pliers

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Step 1:  Cut your wire and wrap around the top of the teardrop bead.  I used this great tutorial by Contrariwise Ramblings.

Step 2:  Add your earring hooks so you can hang them after you dip the ends in the gold leafing.

Step 3:  Dip the ends of the beads into the gold leafing paint.  Let dry and then dip again.  I had to dip the pink beads a third time to get a good coating but the clear beads only needed to be dipped twice.

Step 4:  Let paint dry and you are ready to wear your gorgeous new gold dipped earrings.

Gold Dipped Teardrop Earrings Tutorial

I LOVE the way these earrings turned out!  I can’t wait to stock up on more beads that I can dip in the gold leafing paint.

I’ve teamed up with 14 super talented ladies to share more “golden” inspired projects with you today.

Love That Gold- 15 Golden Projects to Inspire

From left to right, they are:
DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug & Irish Coffee Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
“Mommy Loves Me” Heat-Transfer Onesie by It Happens In A Blink
How To Take Pictures During The “Golden Hour” by Lindsay Faber Photography
Gold-Dipped Tear Drop Earrings by Happy Go Lucky
Gold Lettered Vintage Plates by The Sweet Escape
DIY Gold and Silver Key Fob by 4 You With Love
“Don’t Miss The Colours of the Rainbow” Printable by Clean and Scentsible
Gold Dipped Kitchen Utensils by Echoes of Laughter
Golden Pencils by The DIY Dreamer
Gold Speckled Eggs by Craftberry Bush
Gold Circle Pendants by Northstory
Kate Spade-inspired Coasters by Suburble
Gold-and-Black Layered Bracelet by Happy Hour Projects
Vintage Key Art by Satori Design for Living
Gold Bowties by Fynes Designs

And we are celebrating all these fabulous gold projects with a giveaway!

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DIY Hammered Heart Necklace

I have a fun and easy necklace project for you all today.  This is my first attempt at hammered metal and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Hammered Heart Necklace

I’ve been wanting a simple heart necklace that I can wear all the time and I love the look of the open heart charms.  All you need are a few supplies and you can make this simple hammered heart necklace.  Even if you’ve never made jewelry before, you can make this necklace and you’ll probably end up making a few for your friends too!

Supplies needed:

Supplies for Hammerd Heart Necklace

  • 16 gauge wire
  • Chasing Hammer
  • Anvil Jewelers Tool
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain
  • Toggle or Clasp
  • super glue

Step 1:  Cut a 5-6 inch piece of wire.  Form the wire into a shape of a heart.  I twisted the wire at the bottom of the heart to I had something to hold onto.

Step 2:  Place the wire heart on the anvil.  Use the larger side of the hammer to flatten the metal.  Then use the round side of the hammer to add more texture.

Hammered Heart Necklace

Step 3:  Cut access wire off the bottom of the heart.  At first I was going to keep some of the twisted wrie but I didn’t really like the way it looks so I trimmed it off.  Glue bottom of heart end of heart together.

Step 4:  Add toggle or clasp to end of chain.

Step 5:  Add jump ring to heart then add to chain.

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Now put your new necklace around your neck and admire it because that is the best part of making your own jewelry.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own hammered heart necklace.  And once again – if I can do it, you can too!  This was way easier to make than I thought it was going to be.  It took me longer to take pictures of the necklace than it did to make it and I’ve made 3 more for a few of my friends.

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Necklace Holder {Holiday Gift Ideas under $20 with My Favorite Bloggers}

I’m excited to be teaming up with my favorite bloggers again to share 12 handmade gifts under $20.

I must confess – I love handmade gifts!  I love making them and giving them to people and I love when people make them for me!

Necklace Holder with Glass Knobs

For my gift idea, I made something that I’ve personally wanted for the longest time.  And since I want it, I figured every other girl needs a necklace holder.

This was so much fun to make!  I started by picking out my knobs.  I was going to get a whole bunch of colored knobs but decided at the last minute that I liked the clear glass knobs better.  I bought all the knobs at Hobby Lobby on sale so they were each $1.99 or $2.99.

Then I cut a piece of scrap wood so it was 15 inches long and drilled 5 holes.  Each hole is 2.5 inches apart.

I sanded and painted it this pretty teal color. When the paint dried, I sanded and stained the edges of the wood.  The key to adding the stain is to rub it on with a cloth and then wipe it off.

After the stain dried, I added the knobs.  I did have to cut the ends of the knobs with a hacksaw which made me a little nervous at first.  I thought it was going to be difficult to do but it was actually pretty easy.

Once I attached all the knobs, I was ready to add my sawtooth hangers to the back and hang on the wall.

Finally I was ready to hang all my favorite necklaces and step back and admire my gorgeous new necklace holder.

This is going to be very hard to give as a gift.  I guess I better start making another one:)

Now meet all the lovely ladies and their AWESOME handmade gifts under $20!

MFB Nov 2013

Sky from Capital B, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, ChiWei from One Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive All Livin’ in a Doublewide, Bethany from  Pitter and Glink, Lauren from The Thinking Closet, Kirsten from One Tough Mother, Nancy from Do Small Things With Love, Kara from Petals to Picots and Nancy from 4 you with Love!

MFB $20 gifts

Sarah’s Handmade Hand Warmers

Lauren’s Painted Cork Coasters

Bethany’s Gold and Green Bracelet

Kara’s Crochet Pattern Roundup

Kirsten’s Glittery Utensil Gift Set

Sky’s Simple Fleece Face Guards

Marilyn’s Individual Peppermint Solid Sugar Scrubs

Kara’s DIY Necklace Holder

Kadie’s Easy Crochet’s Hot Pads

Melanie’s DIY Photo Desk Organizer Gift

Nancy’s DIY Wedding Photo Canvas Print

What is your favorite handmade gift to give?

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Pink and Teal Beaded Earrings

I’ve got another easy jewelry tutorial for you today.  If you’ve never made your own earrings before, these would be the prefect pair to start with.

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I was looking through my sweaters over the weekend and realized that I have a lot of pink and teal.  I especially have a lot of dark pink sweaters from The Loft that I love wearing.  So I decided I needed a new pair of pink and teal beaded earrings to match all my favorite sweaters.  Plus these colors are sure to brighten up any cold, dreary day!

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Supplies needed:

  • 4 small beads
  • 2 larger beads
  • headpins
  • 2 earring hooks
  • round nose pliers

Step 1:  Thread your larger beads onto two seperate headpins.  Create a loop by bending the wire right after the bead at a 90 degree angle.  Cut excess wire leaving about a 1/4 inch of wire.  Grab the end of the wire with your round nose pliers and bend into a circle.

Step 2:  Cut end off of two head pins using your pliers.  Create a loop using your round nose pliers.  Thread a small bead on the wire.  Create another loop.  Repeat using left over wire for your three other small beads.

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Step 3:  Attach large bead and small beads to the earring hook.  Repeat for second earring.

Rebecca from My Girlish Whims has a great tutorial for creating loops if you need to see a visual.

I promise that these are super easy to make and you will love wearing them.

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What color beads would you use if you made these earrings?  I’m thinking I need a pair of red and teal earrings.

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Halloween Earrings using Foam Shapes

I love Halloween and I love making easy Halloween crafts!

Today I’m sharing these quick and easy Halloween earrings I made.  And the best part – you only need 4 things to make them.Halloween Foam Earrings

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The best part – they are super easy to make!

Supplies needed:  foam shapes, jump rings, earring hooks, and pliers.

Halloween Foam Earring Supplies

Directions:  Poke a hole at the top of the foam shape (I used the earring hook to make my hole).  Use the pliers to open the jump ring and put through the hole.  Add your earring hok to the jump ring and close with the pliers.

How easy is that?

I found the Halloween foam shapes in the dollar section of Target – Woohoo!  Can’t beat Target’s dollar section.

I already had the earring hooks and jump rings so I made these earring for $1 plus I have tons of shapes left over to make more.

You can’t really tell in the picture but the ghosts have glitter on them which makes them my favorite.  I think the pumpkins are cute too and I still want to make a pair of purple bat earrings.

I can’t wait to wear my Halloween earrings all through October and make some for my students.  I think they will love them!

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15 Minute Handmade Earrings {with a giveaway}

I found these gorgeous beads at Michael’s last week and fell in love with them immediately, so I did what every crafty gal does – I made some earrings!

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You can’t go wrong with these earrings.  They are easy to make and you will love them.

Materials needed:

  • 2 headpins
  • 2 earring hooks
  • 2 beads
  • 2 hammered rings – mine came from links of a chain
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
    Step 1:  Thread a bead onto your head pin and make a 90 degree bend just above your bead.  Use wire cutters to cut the wire, leaving about 1/3 of an inch.  Use your round nose pliers to create a loop.
    Step 2:  Use your pliers to gently open your earring hooks and the loop you just made.  Make sure you open the loops side to side (here is a great tutorial if I’ve confused you). 
    Step 3:  Attach your rings to each loop.   Close each loop and admire you fabulous new earrings!!
     
    Don’t you just love wearing new earrings?  I can’t wait to wear them and I’m pretty sure they coordinate perfectly with all my summer outfits:)
    Now I’m in the mood for a giveaway!!  
    I’m giving away a pair of earrings to TWO lucky winners.
    Use the Rafflecopter below to enter:

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    Earrings with Martha Stewart Jewelry

    I’m sure you know by now that I love making jewelry!
    Today I’m sharing THREE earring tutorials!!  Can a girl ever have too many earrings?!
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    Handmade Jewelry – Ombre Earrings {with a giveaway}

    I love handmade jewelry!! 
    Today I’m sharing an easy pair of handmade ombre earrings.  
    I shared these over at Love Grows Wild a couple weeks ago and wanted to share them with you because I love how they turned out.
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    They really are easy to make.  I promise!
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    Purple is my favorite color so when I found these ombre beads at AC Moore I couldn’t wait to get home and make something out of them.

    All you need to make your own ombre earrings are:
    22 teardrop beads in 3 – 4 different colors
    chain
    jump rings
    earring hooks
    round nose pliers
    headpins or wire
     
    Purple Ombre Earrings
    Step 1:  Add jump rings to each bead.  Use headpins to create loops on larger beads.

    Step 2:  Separate your chain so you have two pieces with 5 links.

    Step 3:  Add earring hooks to one end of the chain

    Step 4:  Add two light beads to the first link of the chain right under the earring hook.  Add two more light beads to the second link.

    Step 5:  Continue adding two beads to each link until you have your desired length.  Then add the darkest bead to the last link (you will have 3 beads on the last link).

    Step 6:  Put on your new earrings and admire yourself in the mirror (because that is what you will want to do).
    Purple Ombre Earrings
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    So what do you think?
    Simple enough, right?!  Trust me – if I can do it, you can definitely do it!!
    And, since I love to give things away as much as I love making jewelry, I’m giving away a pair of these earrings.
    Enter below using Rafflecopter:

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    Spring Bling Week – Pearl Cluster Earrings

    I’m not even sure if this really counts as a tutorial because these were the easiest earrings to make!
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    I found these gorgeous pearl cluster beads last week at Michael’s and was super excited!!  I had just looked up tutorials on how to make pearl clusters and then I see these.  I now wish I would have grabbed them all!  I guess it’s a good excuse to go to back to Michael’s.

    pearl cluster earrings supplies
    All you need are two earring hooks, two headpins, two of the pearl cluster beads (they come in packs of 4), two clear beads (which come with the pearl cluster beads), and round nose pliers.
    Place one clear bead on the headpin, then add your pearl cluster bead.  Next, use your round nose pliers to create a loop and add your earring hook.  
    So simple!  I can’t wait to wear these to work tomorrow!!
    Have you checked out all the other fabulous tutorials from our Spring Bling Week?
    Woven Ankle Bracelet by Adrianne, Color Block Earrings by me, DIY Amber & Gold Dangle Necklace, Simple Statement Necklace by Natalie, Mixed Media Bracelet by Adrianne, Bingo Marker Spoon Pendant by Holly.
    And Thursday, Amy and Kate will be sharing their tutorials.
    What a great week!
    Doesn’t new jewelry always make the day so much better?!

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    Spring Bling Week – Color Block Beaded Earrings

    Welcome to Spring Bling Week!

    Holly from 504 Main
    Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects
    Rebecca from My Girlish Whims
    Natalie from North Shore Days
    What better way to welcome spring than with some new bling!!
    I’ve teamed up with 6 awesome blogs to bring you 7 fabulous jewelry tutorials and 4 fun giveaways.
    Adrianne and I will be starting the week with our tutorials.
    Today I’m sharing coral and purple color block beaded earrings.
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    Now I have to admit that I struggle with mixing patterns and colors.  I so wish I could do it but I never seem to like how it looks on me.
    I also love purple!  I wear it all the time and I recently saw on Pinterest a few purple and coral color block outfits.  I realized that I could easily pull the look off if I just added a little coral when I wear all my favorite purple tops.
    Want to make your own color block beaded earrings?
    All you need are:
     small beads in one color
    teardrop beads in another color
    headpins
    earring hooks
    chain or jump rings
    round nose pliers
    I found the coral beads at Walmart and the purple teardrop beads at Michael’s.
    Step 1:  Add headpins to the small beads and create loops using round nose pliers.  I used a headpin for the teardrop beads also.  Use the pliers to cut off the head of the pin, place wire through the opening and twist.  Cut off one of the ends and create a loop with the other end.
    Step 2:  Add 2 links of chain or 2 jump rings to the earring hooks.  Add the teardrop bead to the end
    Step 3:  Randomly add your small beads to the links.
    That’s it!  Now you have a beautiful pair of color block earrings to wear.
    Don’t forget to visit Adrianne over at Happy Hour Projects to see her jewelry tutorial and my other fabulous co-hosts throughout the week to see more spring bling jewelry tutorials!!
    Tuesday: Rebecca & Natalie
    Wednesday: Holly
    Thursday:  Amy & Kate

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