When it comes to spicing up party outfits, sequins are a girl’s best friend. Even the smallest dose can complete a holiday or cocktail ensemble. For a unique way to rock sequins, try making a pair of sequin drop earrings. Inspired by a $78 version by J.Crew, these DIY baubles will set you back no more than $15. How’s that for budget-friendly style?

Finished sequin drop earrings

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Things You'll Need


Tips

You can use sequin trim that is slightly smaller or larger than 1/4 inch. However, take care to to avoid using extremely thin or very wide sequin trim. Thin sequins may be tricky to glue, while the larger kind may not lay flat when wrapped around.

Materials for sequin drop earrings

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Form a 1/2-inch-wide ball of clay.

Create a clay ball

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings


Tips

Pre-heat the oven to the temperature indicated on the clay’s packaging. This way, the oven will be heated by the time you are ready to bake the clay.

Form the ball into a teardrop. To do this, roll the ball between the palms of your hands to elongate it. Use your fingers to pinch one end, forming a teardrop shape. Do not make the pointed end of the teardrop too pointy. Instead, create a blunt, rounded end. This will make it easier to glue the sequin trim during a later step.

Roll into a teardrop

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

If you mess up, don’t fret! Simply roll the clay back into a ball and try again.

Gently push an eye pin into the top of the of the teardrop. Make sure the loop (“eye”) stays completely exposed.

Insert an eye pin

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Place the clay teardrop on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Repeat Steps 1–3 to create a second teardrop.

Bake on a metal sheet

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Bake the clay according to the package’s instructions. Most brands of clay require 15 minutes per 1/4-inch thickness at 275 degree F. However, different brands may have different requirements.

Once the clay has cooled down, hot glue the end of the sequin trim. Your best bet is to glue this end to the top of the teardrop, adjacent to the eye pin.

Glue sequin trim

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings


Tips

Remove a few sequins from the end of the trim. This will expose thread that can be easily glued to the clay. It will also be easier to layer more sequin trim on top of it.

Tightly wrap the sequin trim around the teardrop.

Wrap around the clay

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Add a dot of hot glue at equal intervals. For best results, apply glue at least one time for each wrap-around.

Hot glue in place

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Continue wrapping until the entire teardrop is covered.

Wrap around the clay

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Hot glue the sequin trim to the bottom of the teardrop. Cut away the excess.

Cut away the excess

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Using the jewelry glue, adhere an earring post to the back of a crystal charm.

Glue the crystal charm

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Attach the loop of the eye pin to the charm. You can also connect the teardrop and charm by using a 4-mm jump ring.

Connect to the teardrop

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Repeat Steps 5-11 to create the second teardrop earring.

Finished sequin drop earrings

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

And just like that, you’ve got yourself a brand new pair of glamorous ear candy. From jazzing up a simple dress to complementing a party look, these earrings are the ultimate statement-making accessory.

Alternatives for sequin drop earrings

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

Feel free to use a sequin trim in a color that suits your taste and style. Red, green and blue are ideal for the holidays. Neutrals such as silver, gold and black are great for any time of the year.

Ideas for sequin drop earrings

DIY Sequin Drop Earrings

If you’re up for the challenge, try alternating sequin trim in different colors. The end result? An eye-catching set of baubles that will be sure to turn heads.