A while ago I posted a little round-up of some earrings, and one of those, a pearl and rhinestone number, particularly caught my eye as DIY-able. However, I forgot about it until I was browsing J.Crew and spotted these earrings, and then I thought, game on!
Using the same technique I used for this pair of studs and another set of earrings, I made my own in a matter of minutes and for next to nothing (since I had everything on hand!). I really lucked out by having some flat-back pearl beads in my craft hoard. I picked them up ages ago at Michael's, but if you want to buy less than a full strand of beads, pearl cabochons would do the trick nicely.
2 flat back pearl beads or cabochons
E6000 or other strong, viscous glue
Toothpick and wax paper
10mm earring posts and backs (the larger size of earring back is pretty important, as it stabilizes the rest of the earring. You could use smaller sizes, but it may not be as secure)
Trim the rhinestone trim to it fits around the pearl.
Spread a small dab of glue on the wax paper with the toothpick.
Press the pearl into the middle of the glue, and add a little glue around the edges of the pearl. Press the rhinestone chain into the glue.
Let the rhinestones and pearl dry in the glue until the glue is tacky. Peel off of the wax paper, and add a small drop of glue to the back of the earring. Press the earring back into place and let dry completely.
What do you think? These could also make a sweet Mother's Day gift!