DIY Chain Back Earrings

Aside from using supplies in unconventional ways, I love quick and easy projects that require just a few steps. Extra brownie points for a project that totally transforms an item.

This tutorial fits that entire description and then some. Made with a pair of earrings from Forever 21, it proves that a little scrap chain goes a long way. It also proves that there’s a valid reason for saving all of those leftover supplies. See, there’s a reason for my madness after all!

Not only is this tutorial super inexpensive, but it’s ideal for beginner crafters. It also takes (literally) just a few minutes to whip up, which means that you can make it just in time for this week’s NYE festivities. Win win win.

DIY Chain Back EarringsSupplies:

– Filigree stud earrings*
– Chain
– 6mm jump rings (4)
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers

DIY Chain Back Earrings* Any earring design that features openings within the design works perfectly. I picked these up from Forever 21 for a couple bucks.

In order for this project to work, you’ll need post nut backings. These are different from barrel backings.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

1. Using the jewelry pliers, open up a jump ring.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

2. Cut a three 6-inch strands of chain. The longer the strands, the longer the finished earrings will drape.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

3. Add the chain and earring backing. Bend the jump ring until closed.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

4. Add the opposite ends of the chain to a second jump ring. Don’t close the ring just yet.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

5. Attach the jump ring directly to the earring.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

6. Close the jump ring.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

7. To wear, connect the backing to the earring like you normally would. The end result is a simple yet pretty draped chain earring.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

If your chain remnants measure less than three inches long, you can easily connect them with tiny 4mm jump rings. This is a great way to put those leftovers to good use.

DIY Chain Back Earrings

Happy NYE! <3

xx K

Model: Kat Gonzalez