Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These bead and wire spider earrings are fun to make and sure to get comments!

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a good jewelry project for tweens, teens, and adults – and could be a great Halloween party make-and-take.

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • 2 pony beads (I didn’t have pony beads so I used 10mm acrylic beads with a 2.5mm hole).
    Pony beads would be a better choice because they have a 4mm hole, so you’ll be able to use a heavier gauge of wire for the spider legs.

    The beads I used:
    Beads for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Craft wire / artistic wire – 8 pieces of wire, each 3-15/16″ (10cm) long.
    If you’re using pony beads, use 20 or 22 gauge wire.
    For my 2.5mm hole beads I used 24 gauge wire.

    The wire I used:
    Craft wire for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • 4 jump rings. Mine are 8mm size:
    Jump rings for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • A pair of earwires.
    Mine are from my Easy Fancy Earwires Tutorial:
    Earwires for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Regular Sharpie marker – to mark your pliers.
  • Ultra fine tip Sharpie marker – to draw your spiders’ faces.

How to Make
Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings:

We’ll start by using the regular-size Sharpie marker to draw a line on one jaw of our round nose pliers, about halfway down the jaw.

This mark will make it easy to create the same size loop above each spider’s head:

Mark your pliers - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

(You can easily remove the mark from your pliers later with a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a scrap of paper towel.)

Now cut your 8 pieces of wire, each 3-15/16″ (10cm) long:
Cutting wire for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If You’re Using 22 or 24 Gauge Wire:

We’ll make these wires stronger by work-hardening them before we start making the spiders.

Wire gets harder the more you bend it, work with it, hammer it, or tumble it.

Here we’ll use friction to work-harden our wire wire:

With one hand, hold the bundle of wires together at one end.

With your other hand, pull the wires through your fingers several times, so your fingers slide along the entire length of the wires.

Each time the wires run through your fingers, they get a little bit stiffer, springier, and sturdier:

Work-hardening the wire for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then turn your wire bundle around so that you’re holding the other end of the wires, and pull the wires through your fingers several more times.

When you’ve finished, your wires should be noticeably stiffer and sturdier.

Now we’ll make the spiders.

We’ll make one spider at a time.

Start with four of your wires:

Four wires to make one spider - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and use your round nose pliers to grasp the midpoint of your wire bundle – making sure the wires are resting on the Sharpie mark you drew on your pliers:

Getting ready to bend the wire bundle - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend the sides of your wires straight down, so that the center of your wire bundle is tightly curved across the bottom plier jaw:

Bending wire bundle for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to squeeze the wires tightly together below the round nose pliers, creating a sort of loop at the top of the wire bundle:

Squeezing wires together for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wires should look like this:

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread one of your beads onto your wires, making sure all 8 wire ends (spider legs) go through the bead hole.

Slide the bead all the way up the wires until it rests against the bottom of the wire loop:
Sliding bead onto wires for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now turn your round nose pliers over so that the spider’s legs are on top.

Stretch the legs out so there are 2 groups of 4 legs:

Stretch out spider legs for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Remove the spider from your round nose pliers.

Now we’ll make the spider’s feet.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp one spider leg:

Making feet for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and roll the wire end into a little loop:

Making feet for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make little loop feet on the other seven legs.

Then use your flat nose pliers to straighten any crooked feet or legs:

Straightening feet and legs - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to bend each leg at the knee:

Bending the knees - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your spider should look like this:

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to give your spider a face!

Use your ultra fine tip Sharpie marker to draw the face on your bead.

Do you want her to have a friendly expression, a sinister one, or is she winking?

Does she need fangs? Lipstick? Eyelashes?

Drawing the face - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

(If you don’t like the way the face turned out, simply erase it with a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a scrap of paper towel. Then dry the bead thoroughly and try again.)

When you’ve finished the face on your spider, it’s time to make the second spider the same way you made the first one:

Two spiders for Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to attach the earwires to the spiders.

Use your chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist open your jump rings (if you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick tip, How to Open and Close Jump Rings).

Attach one jump ring to the loop on top of the spider’s head.

Attach a second jump ring above the first.

Attach your earwire to the second jump ring:

Attach the earwires - Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your finished creepy crawly spider earrings should look like this:

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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  • ohhhh love love love these spider earrings! thanks for sharing the tute!!

  • Bobbi says:

    Love the earrings! How creative. I wish I could handle doing such small detail, but I haven’t been able to lately ;(

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Deb H. says:

    How adorable! You are so creative!

  • Sheila Meador says:

    These have got to be the cutest Halloween earrings I’ve ever seen. Rena does it again!

  • Diane says:

    I love that they’re so colorful!
    What a pleasure it is to receive your newsletter every week and see fresh ideas like this.

  • Tina says:

    So cute for a kids project. Is it on one of your Pinterest boards?

  • Candy says:

    Thank you for this adorable earring tutorial!

  • Nancy says:

    Oh what fun! Love these little spiders! I can see a group of tweens having an absolute ball making them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jane Petersen says:

    These are adorable, Rena. I’m going to try making some for my 10/18 home show. I’m sure they’ll go like hotcakes!

  • Carol says:

    These are so cute! Thanks for providing instructions!

  • beth says:

    love them. cant wait to give it a try. thanks Rena:)

  • Karen Watson says:

    How cute!

  • calneige says:

    I juste love this funky spiders ! Thanks !

  • These are very cool! And your tutorial is so detailed – makes them looks so easy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lee Koopman says:

    Rena I went crazy loco making these! They are wonderful and so easy! My daughter got the first pair I made, my daughter in law the second and now everybody wants them! Thank you. I want to post a photo in my Octoberfest Blog hop run by Toltec Jewels. Is it okay to post a link to your tutorial? Lots of beaders will see it.

  • Lee, so nice to hear how popular these are with your loved ones! Thanks for letting me know. Yes, sharing the link to this tutorial is fine – I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Kayla says:

    This is so creative! I would love to wear these 🙂

  • Cassidy says:

    My daughter would love to make these! Thanks for sharing.

  • Pam Larmore says:

    These are so cool! What a great Halloween project, and you provided great instructions.

  • Pinkoddy says:

    Not only are they adorable but they are great instructions. I have pinned this.

  • Trish says:

    These are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  • Antonella says:

    Sooooo cute! I can see why they are so popular. Will have to give them a try.

    Hugs,
    Antonella 🙂

  • Those are super cute! I’m pinning these to my Girl Scout board as a craft activity.

  • Adele says:

    I love these! I so want to try them out! xx

  • I will be making these, if not this year, next.

  • Claire says:

    Aww these are so sweet, love them 🙂

  • Debra Lowe says:

    These little arachnid’s are adorable! Great idea for granddaughters~

  • carolyn says:

    These are so stinking cute!!! I love them!

  • Gabby says:

    I love making earrings and I believe that these are so cute! They would be great in a little basket for kids for halloween!

  • Catherine says:

    Sooooo cute! Normally I can’t stand spiders, but those are cute!

  • Normally I don’t like spiders, but these are just too darn cute… I’m going to have to make some! Thanks Rena. Another awesome design!

  • Pam says:

    They are cute, and they are funny and they are a blast to make! I wanted to try a pair, but it sorta snowballed into several pair. I even did some with some shiny chrome looking hearts about the size of the crow beads. All I have is copper wire, but it looks totally cool that way too, although they are the size of a spider we tend to see around here a lot, I believe they are wolf spiders and they are totally freaky to come across, just hope no one tries to slap them off my ears! lol Thanks Rena, looks like they are fun for all ages, to make and to wear. Hmmm…well, back to work as she walks off muttering to herself, “wonder how to make some for hair ornaments, barrette findings maybe? …”

  • Trudy says:

    Hi Rena….these earrings are too cute!! I’ll have to give them a try….thank you for all your neat designs! 🙂

  • Debra Lowe says:

    Rena these are adorable…I think I may have to make some for my Granddaughter, she’d LOVE them. So Cute!

  • Debra, how fun! Thank you!

  • Kathy says:

    Hi Rena, your ideas and creations always inspire me. Thank you for your fantastic and complete instructions. Your journals are like special gifts from a friend.
    May the joy and love you allow me to share, through jewelry, be yours as well.
    Thank you,

  • Vicki Entrekin says:

    Oh! They are adorable!! I just love those little guys! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    Sincerely,
    Vicki

  • Vicki, thank you for your lovely comment! 🙂

  • Karen says:

    So cute and your tutorial was well done. I can picture a few other items using this one technique. Bless you.

  • Karen, thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂

  • Peggy Mooney says:

    These are so adorable 🙂 I just made a pair to give to my “BOO” at work(Like a Secret Santa). I love how easy they were to make but look so amazing. Thank you so much for the directions.

  • You’re most welcome, Peggy! I’m delighted to hear this project was fun for you and your BOO! 🙂

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