DIY Beaded Tribal Earrings

I’m super excited to share this post with you guys! This is because A. it’s definitely one of my favorite handmade pieces of jewelry and B. I miiiight be a little drunk.

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.

Well, now that I’ve wasted a couple paragraphs of your time, I guess I should tell you how to make these earrings. But it just seems so unimportant to me right now…


  • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Thread a needle onto the last couple inches of each end.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat the whole process and, voila!, you’ve got a beautiful pair of beaded tribal earrings!

Was this as fun for you as it was for me? That’s it. I’m drinking a few beers before every post I write. It makes this whole blogging thing so much more rewarding for me. 

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  1. hi nicole! thanks for the easy to follow how-to! i love the tribal designs in beaded bracelets. been keeping one or two bracelets since college. with your how-to i can start repairing my old ones and start my making own. yay! much thanks!

  2. What thread are you using? mine keeps sliding the beads in weird ways 🙁

    • I’m using regular sewing thread for this particular pair, but I wouldn’t recommend it, as it will break easily. I’d suggest 0.15mm bead weaving thread (the brand I have now is Beadalon). Hope this helps!

  3. hi hi love this i tried to make but i cant :-(…somhow it ends up loopin over eachother….am i pulling the treat too tight?? i have no idea and im so in love with it..plz help thank you so much

    • Hi! I’m so sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Your best bet might be to go to a Michael’s or AC Moore and pick up some bead weaving thread. Try Beadalon 0.15mm. Other than that, try weaving them a little more loosely; that might help with the overlapping. Hope this helps!

  4. First timer here, are you suppose to knot the other end of the string?? don’t laugh lol.

  5. Wow very easy love it do you know how to add fringes to them?

    • I haven’t tried them with fringe, but I know you can add strings of beads by threading each strings through the bottom bead on the necklace. I’d have to give it a go myself to be able to provide a better description 🙂

  6. Sabrina says:

    Love this so much! May I ask where you got those beads exactly? The colors are so pretty <3

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