Making your own handcrafted jewelry is a beautiful way to express yourself without breaking the bank. Giving gifts of handcrafted jewelry allows you to personalize your gift for each person while giving a thoughtful, wearable keepsake. Here are a few ideas for handcrafted jewelry pieces you can make at home.




Nautical Rope Bracelet

Bracelets are a great way to showcase your talent or to share some heartfelt memories. With just a few materials and a little know-how, you can bring a nautical theme to your wrist with this Nautical Rope Bracelet. Using rope or para-chord, here are three variations on the same nautical theme.  


Kumihimo Braid Bracelet

Instead of knots, you can try a new technique called Kumihimo to braid these beautiful and colorful hombre bracelets. This addictively easy method can be used to braid many different materials, and they’re so simple to make, you’ll love sharing them with others.


Photo Charm Bracelet

If you want a jewelry piece that has special meaning, try this gorgeous Photo Charm Bracelet. You can create a unique piece for one person or select images based on a theme, and you could even customize it to include words to special symbols instead of photos.


Necklaces and Pendants


Natur-lovers Pendant

A necklace can often be a statement piece for an outfit, and these two ideas will have people talking. Whether you love butterflies, ladybugs, flowers, or just about anything else, you can create a beautiful and unique pendant to showcase your passion. While the tutorial uses butterflies, this would be the perfect way to show off your love of most natural things or to create a fan girl or fan boy necklace for the favorite nerd on your list.


Shrinky Dink Necklace

Bring out your inner child by using a time-tested, kid-approved favorite- Shrinky Dinks! These geometric patterns are sufficiently grown up to add flair to any outfit, and you’ll have a great time creating new and exciting designs with this fun material.


Earrings and Rings


Grapevine Earrings

Grapevines are an excellent template for these fun, dangling earrings. You can create all kinds of designs by changing the colors and patterns of the beads, and you can even make them as big or as small as you like.


Spoon Rings

Spoon rings have been around for hundreds of years, and now you can create your very own. Since you are only using the handle, you can use forks, too, but these are a great way to reuse mismatched sterling silver dinnerware. Spoon rings are a classic look that never goes out of style.


Handcrafted jewelry does not have to take a lot of time or materials to create something unique and special. These simple ideas can get you started, and you can create new and exciting designs for each person on your gift list with simple changes and customization. A gift of handcrafted jewelry is something your loved ones will treasure for many years to come, too.

Written by Lillian Hammah

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