Quick and Easy Last-Minute Seed-Bead Gifts

Kristal Wick
Kristal Wick
is the editor of
Beading Daily

One of the best parts of working in a creative environment such as Interweave is playing with my co-workers. As well as beaders, there are knitters, sewers, stitchers, metal workers, and many other skilled colleagues walking down the hallways each and every day. Our happy hours tend to revolve around beading and sharing techniques with each other. Sheer heaven, don't you think?

Just like you beady peeps, we're all looking for quick and easy last-minute jewelry-making gifts for our pals for the seasonal holidays as well as birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations. We all agree hands-down; earrings seem to be our gift quick-pick du jour (they change daily like the soup at your fave diner).

One of my beading-partners-in-crime, Tiffany, was inspired by a Melinda Barta project in a past issue of Beadwork.


I love getting together with my beady friends to learn something new about seed beads (that is how I got here after all).

Tiffany spent a lunch hour showing me how to make these quick-and-adorable earrings. We stopped to pose for a few pictures and she kept on working. Before I knew it, she looks up and says “we are half way done already."

20 minutes later, voila, these beauties were done. 

Both earring sets are the same pattern. It's amazing how different they look just because of the color and type of beads she used.

Here are a few more favorite earring projects from the upcoming December 2010/January 2011 issue of Beadwork. Kassie Inman shares her stylish earrings with us. These would totally make an outfit!

To create a stylish and romantic necklace, I would string 3 or 5 of these together (with my normal crystal embellishments).

Randy Drobny's Antique Inspiration earrings can be made in an evening! The color combinations alone could get me hooked on making dozens of these this weekend.


Use some of your left over colors to make a few varieties of this design. Then attach as a pendant on a simple chain.


I am thinking Bling would love these on Mom for the big holiday party.

Nancy Cain designed these Jasmine Pearl earrings using tubular peyote stitch; perfect for elegant party going. You could also alter the design a bit and attach clip-earring findings instead of the lever-back earring findings in the picture.


When I looked at these they reminded me of tiny pinecones, which gave me an idea to work the main pattern up and add to a necklace with wood and natural beads.


Learn to make all these earrings and much more with Beadwork magazine. It’s amazing how one pattern can strike your creativity and light that beading fire. Each issue is inspirational as well as filled to the brim with enticing projects and techniques perfect for you and your beady peeps!


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