And, just to be clear, although this is being posted on a Tuesday at 7AM, I am NOT writing this drunk on a Tuesday at 6:50AM. I mean, jeeze, what kind of sicko do you think I am?? Technology allows for this crazy thing called “scheduling blog posts,” so this is being composed on Sunday at 5:17PM. Totally socially acceptable for me to be a few beers deep.
- Small beads of whatever colors your little heart desires. I loves me some beachy colors so blues, tan and white caught my attention.
- Earring hooks (you can get them at any crafting or bead store)
- Thread (but you should use thin beading wire; thread was all I had at the time)
- 2 needles
Also, I should have warned you, I went a little camera-happy when making these. Blue is my absolute favorite color…well, it’s tied with white, but I feel like white doesn’t really count as a color…so I took eleventy million pics. I tried to edit them down to a select few, but a “few” ended up being…a lot. Forgive me; I’m inebriated.
- You’ll need about an arm-length’s-and-a-half of thread for each earring. As in, hold the spool of thread in one hand, the end of the thread in the other hand, and stretch out your arms as wide as they can go. That plus ½ of that.
- Thread a needle onto the last couple inches of each end.
- You’re going to attack each row of beads from both ends. Double team ‘em. One needle will go in left-to-right while the other will go in right-to-left. The first row will have one bead, and then increase each row by one bead up to 11. The body of the earring will have 11 beads in each row.
- When you’ve gotten to the end and tapered your rows back to one bead, tie a couple knots to secure the pattern. Loop the thread through the earring hook’s loop several times to create a sturdy attachment. Knot it a bunch of times and trim the thread ends.
- Repeat the whole process and, voila!, you’ve got a beautiful pair of beaded tribal earrings!