Accessories DIY Fashion

Homemade Gum Drop-ings


Last year I made a pair of earrings that people ate up. Seriously, I would get stopped in the grocery store, on the train, in the carpool line. (Sorry, other parents.) Everyone would ask me about my earrings. Tell me I should sell them. Beg me to make a pair for them. But you know what’s better than me making a pair for you? Teaching you how to make these candy colored earrings yourself. Because you know what they say about teaching someone to fish? That concept applies to DIY accessories too.

Ok, let’s get started on these baubles. Feel free to customize the bead style and tassel color. Here’s what you will need:

2 20mm Gumball beads

2 Earrings hooks

2 eye pins (2″)

2 Tassels

Jewelry tools (pliers, flat back plier, wire cutter)

Now get ready for some sweet DIY fun.

First, use your plier to pry open the loop at the base of the earring hook. Slip the eye pin into the opening. Use your flat plier to squeeze the loop back together, closing it.


Now, tread the eye pin through your bead hole. Trim the excess metal from the eye pin (about an inch). Put the eye pin through the tassel loop.

Use your pliers to bend the remaining eye pin carefully into a loop around the tassel drop. Go slowly. When your eye pin is bent into a loop, use your flat plier to squeeze the loop shape together to close the loop around the tassel.

Move the bead down as much as you can to tuck the end of the eye pin loop into the bead whole.

And there you have it! A few small steps. One giant leap for our DIY kind. It might take a little practice, but once you have this down pat, you’ll be making these faster than your friends can say “gumdrop.”







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Rochelle Fisher-Taub

Rochelle Fisher-Taub grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in North Woodmere. She holds a BFA from FIT in Advertising Design, and she has spent over a decade writing copy for Fortune 500 companies. When Rochelle is not DIYing clothing and accessories, she is hard at work on her first novel. Follow her on Instagram @Rostyle.Restyle and @freakyscribe and stay up to date with her creative adventures.

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