How to Make Quick & Easy Chain Earrings at Home

Kellie Sutton
by Kellie Sutton
10 Materials
30 Minutes

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make chain earrings. You’ll need a few supplies, listed below, a wire cutter, and some pliers. With the right tools, you’ll be making tons of these earrings with all sorts of beads!

Tools and materials:

  • Oval rolo chain
  • Beaded chain
  • Pair of Tierra cast charms
  • 2 Jump rings
  • 2 Balled headpins
  • 2 Ear wires
  • Wirecutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain pliers
  • Regular pliers
How to make chain earrings at home

1. Prepare the earring components

Using a wire cutter, cut a length of beaded chain with three full links of beads, ensuring there is a ring connector on each end. Cut one more link so you have an extra bead.

DIY chain earrings

Cut two lengths of rolo chain 12 links long each. Use your head pin to help you hold and measure the chain.

Threading beads onto the headpin

Thread your loose bead onto your balled headpin.

Using pliers to bend the head pin

Use regular pliers to bend the headpin in a loop above the bead. Check the video at 3:33 to see how the loop should look.

Twisting the headpin around the base

Now use the pliers to continue twisting the headpin around the base of the loop. Trim off any excess piece of the headpin.

How to make chain drop earrings

2. Assemble the earring

Open one jump ring and place one of the pieces of cut rolo chain onto it. Then place one of the beaded chain pieces on the jump ring, and then another piece of rolo chain. Close up the jump ring.

Opening the jump ring with pliers

Open the second jump ring and place your wrapped loose bead onto it. Then add one of the charms to that ring.

Closing the jump ring with pliers

Now insert the second jump ring into the link at the bottom of the beaded chain on the first jump ring. Close up the second jump ring.

Making DIY chain earrings

Hold the earring so that the two rolo chains fall on either side of the beaded chain. Insert one ear wire into the top of the earring and tighten the ear wire.

Repeat for the second earring.

How to make chain earrings

How to make chain earrings tutorial

That’s all there is to making these DIY long chain earrings. Once you perfect the technique there’s nothing holding you back from making more with any colors or beads that appeal to you. The only limit is your own imagination!

Leave a comment to let us know where your imagination took you.

Suggested materials:
  • Oval rolo chain
  • Beaded chain
  • Pair of Tierra cast charms
See all materials

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation