Plan Your Holiday Jewelry-Making: Earrings for Everyone!

Aug 27, 2010

Kristal Wick
Kristal Wick
is the editor of
Beading Daily.
These last days of summer may be in the 90s and 100s, but it’s time to chill out and start your holiday jewelry making. I actually play a few of my fave holiday tunes, make an ice cold drink, and spend some time thinking about my upcoming holiday gift giving and shows. Every jewelry maker I know struggles with jewelry presentation. Boxes or bags? Professionally printed cards or resealable envelopes? It’s never too early to make these vital decisions, so you’re not scurrying at the last minute slapping together a makeshift gift card to accompany your jewelry (folks can always tell).

Start now!


Earrings are the most popular jewelry-making gift for the season, with bracelets a close second. I launch at least a few new earring designs every holiday (keeps all my friends happy). Seems like we all forget the holidays come at the same time every year and we never start early enough to make jewelry for our fave folks—friends, coworkers, hairdresser, teachers, and everyone else who helps make our lives a little bit sweeter. As I dove into Beadwork Creates Earrings for some inspiration, I chose a few picks to share with you.


  Party time with Crystal Tassels


I know I’ll need to make at least a couple pairs for my holiday parties. One pair for me, one for my BFF, so be prepared and whip these babies out while watching the new season of Glee. These earrings use RAW (right-angle weave), which I haven’t learned yet, so wish me luck!


Dipsy Doodle Orphans


These earrings are a super-slick way to use up your orphan or bead-soup beads. The finished earrings don’t have to match, and you can fashion them for every age and color palette. I love their sense of whimsy, guaranteed to make everyone smile.


Stardust Earrings


This design would make lovely winter snowflake earrings you could give and wear all winter. I think I’ll surprise my coworkers with a brown-bag snowflake session during one of our lunch hours. We can make earrings and explore ladder and herringbone stitches together.

And since all you beady peeps know presentation is responsible for a huge percentage of impulse gift buying (you DO know that, don’t you?), let’s look at earrings presentation. Whether you’re preparing for your community craft sales, trunk shows, galleries, or simply giving gifts to family and friends this coming season, here are some great ways to display your earrings.

Recently at BeadFest Philly, I fell in love with Dee and her Easy Earring Cards. I was playing in her booth (seemed like hours) making earring cards. She has two punches for regular earring holes and leverback earring holes, and loads of papers, cards, ribbons, and folding templates with step-by-step instructions to make your own gift packages that enfold your earrings gift cards. It’s great when the gift recipient thinks your packaging is too pretty to throw away! Here are a few of my Batik Beauty fabric bead earrings on gift cards.



Ready, set, GO…. Grab some inspiration from the Beadwork Creates series and join me in getting a headstart on making holiday jewelry!

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MimiM@7 wrote
on Aug 27, 2010 9:57 AM

A few years ago, my husband bought the earring book for me and I made the crystal tassle earrings.  I have to admit they're among my very favorite ones and were probably the first RAW project I'd done with any real success.  I think you will get hooked on it as it's so incredibly variable and useful!


Stacy Hartis wrote
on Aug 27, 2010 12:26 PM

Who and where can we find Dee and her amazing earring cards??

Stacy Hartis

Sissy & Jack's

Kristal Wick wrote
on Aug 27, 2010 1:51 PM

Shout out to Dee and her lovely earring cards! They're the BEST!

Packasmile http://

Ricki Ayer wrote
on Aug 27, 2010 2:37 PM

Hi Kristal,

Some great looking earrings and I love the cards.  I have benn working on something like this to use when i sell / gift my earrings - some great ideas.

Not sure what has happened, but for the past 2 + weeks I have no longer been getting my BeadingDaily e-mails - seems like I fell off the mailing list.  Any idea what may have happened?  I miss the daily projects and news.  



tidbit wrote
on Aug 27, 2010 5:55 PM

Where exactly do I find the patterns for the Dipsy Doodle Orphans?


Kristal Wick wrote
on Aug 28, 2010 7:44 AM

Hey Ricki,

No idea why this is happening. Try signing up again. You sure don't want to miss a single Beading Daily!

candyT2 wrote
on Aug 28, 2010 7:55 AM

Earrings must be a popular Xmas gift, because every January a friend calls me over to her house to retrofit new pierced-ear earrings to clip-ons.

I think unfortunately earrings can be like bath salts or candle sets - 'Oh, that's pretty, I'll get that for Gertrude...'  not really knowing whether Gertrude likes small or large ones, what her color preferences are, or if she has pierced ears.

Kristal Wick wrote
on Aug 28, 2010 3:01 PM


All the earrings I featured here are in Beadwork Creates Earrings book:

Caro811 wrote
on Aug 30, 2010 1:39 AM

Earrings are so beautiful!

on Aug 30, 2010 11:06 AM


I really enjoy your beading daily emails always some thing interesting your a great writer you have to be to keep me coming in and looking and reading. I love these holiday ideas I was thinking about the same thing as I get ready for all those show this fall and winter thank you.

On a different note although I love to may jewelry I dabble in other kinds of crafts and let tell you its crazy. I wanted to share my thoughts about the diper cake and I at this moment its all rage for baby showers. I spent 5 hours making this for my girl frind and what a task that was 68 dipers later a ton of triming and booyah a cake I wish you had a place to put up a pic I know this place if all about beading but man if you ever try to make one of these things be prepared to spend as much time on it as you do a beading project. Well have a nice day.

Crafty Pig wrote
on Aug 31, 2010 6:54 PM

Can you please tell me which book has the dippsy doodle orphan earrings please.  I just want to make sure I order the correct one.  Many thanks.

on Sep 1, 2010 12:14 AM

how you do the crystal tassels earring

Locki wrote
on Sep 4, 2010 2:45 AM

Very beautiful earrings, I also want to learn to do such. )