DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

Jun 23, 2014 at 8:34 a.m. ET

Celebrate the Fourth of July in style with these easy-to-make patriotic earrings. Using basic jewelry tools and a few supplies, you can make custom earrings that will make you the hit of the BBQ.

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

These red, white and blue earrings are simple to make, and the star dangling from the center adds interest to these beaded hoop earrings.

Supplies:

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

To make a pair of patriotic earrings for yourself, or to give as a gift, you will need:

  • 2 Silver earring hoops
  • 6 Red beads
  • 6 Blue beads
  • 6 White beads
  • 2 Star charms
  • 6 Jump rings
  • 2 Earring wires
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Jewelry pliers

Instructions:

1. String the beads onto the earring hoop. Make a pattern of red-white-blue. Repeat the pattern three times.

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

2. Using the round-nosed pliers, make a curve on the straight side of the earring wire so that it points up.


 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

3. Hook the curve onto the loop on the other end of the earring hoop. Use the round-nosed pliers to twist the curve into a vertical loop.

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

4. Use two jump rings to suspend the star charm by attaching one jump ring to the top of the charm, then use a second jump ring to connect the first jump ring to the vertical loop you created in the last step.

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

5. Use a third jump ring to connect the earring wire to the vertical loop.

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

6. Repeat the steps to make a second earring.

 DIY jewelry: Patriotic earrings for July Fourth

Enjoy your new patriotic earrings — wear them to the Fourth of July Parade, a backyard BBQ, or to watch the fireworks.

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