Making my own jewelry makes me feel nostalgic for summer days spent braiding colorful yarn into friendship bracelets. These DIY jewelry ideas are major upgrades from the summer camp versions of your youth, though. Think quartz bangles and dainty knot rings. You’ll be confident leaving the house with any of these DIY pieces on.
Making custom jewelry with your own hands is truly satisfying and, honestly, pretty relaxing. It’s like a focused meditation with an awesome reward at the end. Kind of like doodling your way to mindfulness. Being creative is great therapy!
Another major upside to DIY jewelry is the money you can save. Instead of buying another pair of earrings everyone else can buy, why not make your own unique version? Roll up your sleeves and make some new bling without draining your bank account.
Here are 5 completely awesome DIY jewelry projects to tackle this summer. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy!
1.) DIY Faceted Rings
These beautiful rings look a) a lot more expensive than they actually are and b) like a metalsmith carved them out of gold. This DIY jewelry idea is one that all of your friends will want to copy once they realize how easy and cheap they are to make. Believe it or not, these faceted rings are formed out of clay and take about 30 minutes to make if you don’t count the drying time. They’ll quickly become part of your everyday ring game.
- Modeling clay (I used Fimo Classic)
- X-Acto knife
- Oven and baking pan
- Liquid gilding (I used Martha Stewart brand in Gold, Brass, and Copper)
- Small paintbrushes
- Bamboo skewers
Start by molding a small amount of clay into a strip that’s flat on all sides. Make sure the strip is long enough to wrap around your ring finger.
Bend the strip into a circle and gently press the ends together.
Take your knife and start carving away. First, carve off the excess near the backside of the ring where the ends meet, and around the sides (where it will be between your fingers). This step will take away some of the bulk of the clay so that the rings fit neatly on your fingers.
Then, on the front side of the ring where the majority of the clay remains, start to carve facets and angles at random. There’s no right or wrong way! You may have to experiment a bit to get the look that you like. Make a few!
Bake your ring according to the directions on the clay package. After they’ve cooled, paint your rings with the liquid gilding. I found that they dry well suspended on bamboo skewers.
Make sure that they’re dry, then stack ’em up and wear ’em out! And don’t be afraid to experiment with other shapes, sizes and colors. Have fun!