How To Make Beaded Fringe Earrings: Beading Tutorial

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DIY Beaded Fringe Earrings

Making your DIY beaded fringe earrings is a lot of fun, and you get to enjoy the elegant, finished earrings to wear and show everyone your beautiful creation, or you can make your own jewelry to give as gifts, or even to sell. 

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Beaded Fringe Earrings

These beaded fringe earrings are a fun project to make with seed beads, and they make the best gifts you can give away for any occasion. I am excited to show you how to make this beautiful handmade jewelry in a few simple steps. 

Be careful though, once you get started, you just might be hooked on jewelry making, especially with these beautiful seed bead fringe earrings. These are so much fun to make, and you only need to know a few diy basics to get started with these seed bead earrings.

These beaded fringe earrings are made with seed beads, which are small little beads that you can purchase in a variety of colors. You then create a fringe earring out of them and finish them off with the brick stitch to make the pyramid-shaped top of the earrings. 

What is the Brick Stitch

The brick stitch is a basic jewelry-making technique that uses the thread bridge between two beads in the previous round as an anchor for the next round. As you work your way up the brick stitch, your row will decrease in size because you are decreasing the number of beads in the bead pattern.

Let’s get started by looking at what supplies you will need to make these beautiful seed bead earrings, as well as the step-by-step instructions you can follow to make your own beaded fringe earrings following a few basic steps. 

What beads should you use?

I like to use the long tube beads from Hobby Lobby. There are many different types to choose from, so I look for small seed beads, that will make a delicate type of jewelry. You can then use these beads to make your beading pattern. When it comes to choosing the size, I like to use as small as I can find. This makes sure that my strands of beading have an elegant finish to them.

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Materials Needed To Make Beaded Earrings With Fringe

Earring hook – I like to use the fish hook style of earring hook, but you can use your favorite, just make sure you have at least two on hand.

Jump ring – jump rings are also a good thing to use, I would suggest using four of them if you can.

Seed beads in different colors – feel free to choose whatever colors of the lite beads you prefer. 

Flat nose pliers – these will be very handy when finishing out your earrings. 

Beading needle – a beading needle is very important because the head of the needle is small enough to fit through the small beads. 

How To Make Beaded Earrings With Fringe Step By Step

Step 1: Draw out your design

Before you begin making these beaded fringe earrings, you will want to either make your own stencils or use my printable graph paper to draw out the design you want to create. This will help you have a plan you can easily follow. 

Step 2: Gather your supplies

Next, you will want to gather all of your supplies to make these beaded fringe earrings. Make sure you have all that you need. Then begin by cutting a good length of beading thread and threading your beading needle. 

Step 3: Start with the fringe 

Now, to start making your fringe beaded earrings, you will place the needle, and the colors that you want to appear at the top, first the first two beads, will be the first row of your brick stitch, then work your way down the earring for the fringe as you add your bead colors to create the first fringe strand.

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Add one last bead at the bottom, thread them all on your needle, then skip the bottom bead, and thread your needle back up through the beads coming out the top of the beads. 

Next, add two beads to your needle. Insert your needle back through the first two needles added, coming up through them with your needle. This secures your next row to the first. 

Push your needle down through the first two beads, to complete the circle, then add your desired beads for the next fringe, making this row a little longer than the first row. 

When all of the beads in the second row have been added, skip the last bead, and insert your needle up through the beads just added. 

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Add two beads, then push the needle up through the first two beads added in the last row. Push the needle down through the two beads just added to finish the circle. 

Next, add your fringe beads to the needle. 

Repeat these same steps until you reach the last row and come up through all of the beads in the last fringe. 

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Step 4: Work the brick stitch 

Your foundation row for the brick stitch has been laid when the fringe is started. Now, to start the next row, you will want to loop your needle through the thread showing between the first row of beads, this is also known as the first thread bridge. You will be working in between the beads from the previous row in this brick stitch. 

Insert your needle into the space between the first two beads, add your bead, and then loop the thread back around and through the bead so that it is secured. 

Add the next bead to your thread, loop the thread through the space between the beads in the next space, catching the thread from the previous row, and then push the needle back up through the bead. 

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Repeat these steps until you come to the end of the row. Add the last bead, then turn your earring. 

Push your needle up through the next row’s first bead, then loop it under the first space from the previous row. Pull the thread up through the bead when it is secured. 

Add the next bead, and loop it through the bead. 

Repeat these steps until you come to the last row with three beads. 

At this point, you will work the first bead, but you will add seven beads to the thread. Then loop it over to the next brick space and catch the last loop. This gives you a place to add your jump ring and earring hook at the top of the earring. 

When you reach the end, make sure to tie a knot, and then pull the end of the thread through a few beads before you cut them, so that you don’t have thread ends hanging off of your earring. It is very important to make sure that the ends of the thread are hidden and that they are secured so that your earrings won’t unravel. 

Repeat these steps to make the second diy beaded fringe earring to match the first. 

Watch this video to see how it is done.

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Tricks To Making Beaded Fringe Earrings That Lay Flat

Use a Soft Thread

When you are making these beaded fringe earrings, it is a good idea to use soft thread. Meaning do not use wire or any kind of thick thread. You will need the thread to be soft and moldable. 

Watch your Tension

Making the seed bead fringe earrings with even tension is another key factor in getting them to turn out nicely. You want them to lay nice and flat, but without extra spaces, so that they have a nice, finished look to them. 

Using a Larger Bead At The Bottom Of Each Strand

If you are struggling, an easy tip you can follow is to use a slightly larger bead at the bottom of each fringe. That way it helps pull the beads down and they are more likely to hang straight. 

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Making your own diy beaded fringe earrings is a lot of fun, and you get to create the jewelry just as you want. I hope that you have enjoyed this easy fringe beaded earring tutorial, and now you are ready to try making your own pair! 

Thank you so much for stopping by to learn more about these beautiful seed bead earrings. I hope you have fun making them! 

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DIY Beaded Fringe Earrings

Materials

  • Earring hook – I like to use the fish hook style of earring hook, but you can use your favorite, just make sure you have at least two on hand.
  • Jump ring – jump rings are also a good thing to use, I would suggest using four of them if you can.
  • Seed beads in different colors – feel free to choose whatever colors of the lite beads you prefer.
  • Flat nose pliers – these will be very handy when finishing out your earrings.
  • Beading needle – a beading needle is very important because the head of the needle is small enough to fit through the small beads.

Instructions

    Step 1: Draw out your design

    1. Before you begin making these beaded fringe earrings, you will want to either make your own stencils or use my printable graph paper to draw out the design you want to create. This will help you have a plan you can easily follow.

    Step 2: Gather your supplies

    1. Next, you will want to gather all of your supplies to make these beaded fringe earrings. Make sure you have all that you need. Then begin by cutting a good length of beading thread and threading your beading needle.

    Step 3: Start with the fringe

    1. Now, to start making your fringe beaded earrings, you will place the needle, and the colors that you want to appear at the top, first the first two beads, will be the first row of your brick stitch, then work your way down the earring for the fringe as you add your bead colors to create the first fringe strand.
    2. Add one last bead at the bottom, thread them all on your needle, then skip the bottom bead, and thread your needle back up through the beads coming out the top of the beads.
    3. Next, add two beads to your needle. Insert your needle back through the first two needles added, coming up through them with your needle. This secures your next row to the first.
    4. Push your needle down through the first two beads, to complete the circle, then add your desired beads for the next fringe, making this row a little longer than the first row.
    5. When all of the beads in the second row have been added, skip the last bead, and insert your needle up through the beads just added.
    6. Add two beads, then push the needle up through the first two beads added in the last row. Push the needle down through the two beads just added to finish the circle.
    7. Next, add your fringe beads to the needle.
    8. Repeat these same steps until you reach the last row and come up through all of the beads in the last fringe.

    Step 4: Work the brick stitch

    1. Your foundation row for the brick stitch has been laid when the fringe is started. Now, to start the next row, you will want to loop your needle through the thread showing between the first row of beads, this is also known as the first thread bridge. You will be working in between the beads from the previous row in this brick stitch.
    2. Insert your needle into the space between the first two beads, add your bead, and then loop the thread back around and through the bead so that it is secured.
    3. Add the next bead to your thread, loop the thread through the space between the beads in the next space, catching the thread from the previous row, and then push the needle back up through the bead.
    4. Repeat these steps until you come to the end of the row. Add the last bead, then turn your earring.
    5. Push your needle up through the next row’s first bead, then loop it under the first space from the previous row. Pull the thread up through the bead when it is secured.
    6. Add the next bead, and loop it through the bead.
    7. Repeat these steps until you come to the last row with three beads.
    8. At this point, you will work the first bead, but you will add seven beads to the thread. Then loop it over to the next brick space and catch the last loop. This gives you a place to add your jump ring and earring hook at the top of the earring.
    9. When you reach the end, make sure to tie a knot, and then pull the end of the thread through a few beads before you cut them, so that you don’t have thread ends hanging off of your earring. It is very important to make sure that the ends of the thread are hidden and that they are secured so that your earrings won’t unravel.
    10. Repeat these steps to make the second earring match the first.

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