How to Make Beaded Earrings for Kids

When making beaded earrings for kids, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Remember that jewelry for kids should be understated and age appropriate. Large chandelier earrings are not appropriate for elementary school; earrings for kids run the risk of getting lost, so save the expensive crystal beads for something else. However, there's no reason that kids can't make earrings for themselves from start to finish-with a little supervision, of course. Here are three earring projects that kids will enjoy making and love to wear.

Drop Earrings
Supplies You Will Need:
2 ear hooks
2 head pins
assorted beads
jewelry pliers

Have the child thread beads onto the head pin in the order desired. Generally, two designer beads and three spacer beads are appropriate for a child's ears. Instruct the child to bend the end of the head pin into a loop with the pliers, but not to close it all the way. Have the child hook the beaded head pin onto the circle of the ear hook and gently close the loop with the pliers. Repeat all steps with the other earring. Remind the child to disinfect the ear hooks with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab before trying them on.

Double Dangle
Supplies You Will Need:
2 ear hooks
2 head pins
2 eye pins
assorted beads
jewelry pliers

These earrings are slightly longer and have a joint in the middle to allow for more movement, so sparkly crystal beads look particularly good. Thread beads onto one eye pin. With the pliers, help the child bend the top of the eye pin into a loop, making sure not to close the loop all the way. Set the eye pin aside. Thread beads onto the head pin and also bend the top into a loop. Then, hook the head pin loop onto the pre-made eye pin loop and press it shut with the pliers. Hook the eye pin loop to the ear hook and close it with the pliers. The steps should be repeated with the other earring. Disinfect and have the child try them on.

Cute as a Button
Supplies You Will Need:
2 earring stud findings
2 embellishments
jeweler's glue
Styrofoam cube (optional)

Look for cute and clever embellishments to mount on the flat stud post for some great new earrings any girl would love. Try buttons, faux pearls, faux gemstones, star fish, tiny plastic toys, lightweight dice or plastic initials to go on the front. Simply press the post into the Styrofoam so it is standing not quite flush. Drop a small amount of glue onto the top of the post and place the embellishment onto the glue. Ensure it is centered before the fast-drying glue sets up. Repeat with the other earring and let them dry completely. Disinfect before having the child model the new earrings.

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