How To Make Jewelry

You can learn how to make jewelry with these easy step-by-step instructions. Learning how to make your own jewelry will not only save you money it is a rewarding hobby too.
It’s not very expensive to get started and the basic techniques are easy. I will show you how with our easy to follow beading techniques. 

You will find lots of bead projects to get you started with clear diagrams and photos.

With these free jewelry making instructions you will soon be creating your own stunning jewelry.

Here you will find lots of jewelry making ideas, beading techniques and bead projects suitable for all levels of experience.

Some of them are simple enough for the kids to follow and require no prior knowledge of jewelry making.

How To Make Jewelry ~ Quick Links

Click on one of the images below to take you directly to the craft tutorial page or scroll down to find out a bit more about each craft before you decide.

Beading Techniques

Learn how to make jewelry with our simple beading techniques. In our jewelry making tips you will also find instructions on the basic beading techniques. Just click on the image or the caption to go to the instructions.

Types of Beads

There are hundreds of different types of beads available to purchase.

You can make your own or recycle other things to use for beads.

I’ve listed a few of the different types of beads here and included links to my tutorials on how to make your own. 

types of beads

Jewelry Findings

Some of my jewelry making ideas may need basic jewelry making materials like wire, crimps, headpins, ear wires and clasps etc.

These materials often called jewelry findings are fairly inexpensive and easily obtained in craft shops or on the internet. You will find a pair of household pliers useful for many of the projects these must have the smooth jaws and be able to cut wire too.

drawings showing a selection of jewelry making tips

Basic Techniques

Once you know the basic techniques of how to make jewelry you can adapt and apply them into endless variations. Even if you don’t want to progress to the more complicated techniques you will still be able to produce beautiful accessories.

You will find easy to follow instructions with diagrams and photo’s on how to use the following jewelry findings. Just click on the image or the caption to go to the instructions.

Using The Basic Techniques

When one of the basic techniques is used in a project it will link to that technique on the basic techniques page.

This is to keep the free jewelry making instructions as simple as possible.

The links will open on a new page so you don’t lose the page you are on.

How To Make Beaded Jewelry

Once you’ve mastered the few basic techniques the possibilities become endless.

You will soon be making original jewelry to match your personality and outfits.

Click on the image to go to How to Make Beaded Jewelry for easy instructions on how to make a beaded necklace.

Bead Projects

Use your new found skills to make a gorgeous charm bracelet with a difference. 

This bracelet is made from cord instead of chain. 

Once you have mastered these beading techniques you can use them in other projects too.

You can adapt these jewelry making ideas to make bead curtains, key rings or hand bag charms and so much more.
Just click on the image to go to How To Make a Bracelet

How To Make A Necklace

I have lots of jewelry making ideas for you.

These how to make jewelry pages have free instructions with easy to follow diagrams and photographs.

I will also show you the best way to use the beads you already have, you’ll be so glad you didn’t throw those broken necklaces away.

Click on the image to go to How to Make a Necklace.

Jewelry Making With Beads

You will find many jewelry making ideas that can be made without buying loads of specialist equipment.

I have included bead projects that just require beads and cord, no other specialist material or equipment needed.

Click on the image to go to Jewelry Making with Beads to see how you can make jewelry on a budget.

This tutorial will show you the basics of how to make a beaded necklace using just beads and cord.

Jewelry Making With The Kids

These how to make jewelry projects are easy and simple enough for older children to do. There are several great projects for you to choose from. All of the use basic materials that you probably already have or are cheap to buy. Beads are a choking hazard so do keep them away from young children. 

Pasta Necklace

This pasta necklace is lots of fun to make and looks great.

You can easily adapt our instructions to make a matching bracelet too.

Macaroni art jewelry is cheap and cheerful and will last for ages.

pasta necklace

Beaded Bracelet

Learn how to make beaded bracelets that are easy enough for a child to make.

With just a few beads and a length of elastic your kids will have fun designing their own jewelry to match their outfits. 

beaded bracelet

String Bracelet

These string bracelets can be made from a variety of materials giving very different finishes.

These bracelets are easy to make and can be made from ribbon, embroidery threads, leather thong as well as string. 

string bracelet

Drinking Straw Crafts

My drinking straw crafts will show you how to make this gorgeous bracelet.

All you need are drinking straws and pipe cleaners.

This is such an easy craft idea that will keep the kids occupied for ages.

Bracelet made from drinking straws

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