Quick & Easy Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg.
These hoop earrings are perfect for when you need to make jewelry in a hurry.
You can make them plain and simple, or you can embellish them with dangles.
If you keep them simple, you can literally make a pair of these earrings in less than a minute.
These little earrings are an especially great option when you need to make several jewelry gifts – such as gifts for co-workers.
Or when you need to quickly make some inventory for your jewelry booth.
Here’s the secret
of these super-quick earrings:
The hoops are large jump rings! 🙂
- Large jump rings – 2 jump rings per pair of earrings.
In the examples shown in this tutorial, I used jump rings in sizes 15mm, 13mm, 12mm, and 10mm.
You can find them in local craft stores, bead stores, and online at etsy.com and other vendors.
- 2 earwires for each pair of earrings you make.
- (Optional): Beads or other components to dangle from the hoops.
- (Optional): Smaller jump rings for attaching dangles to your hoops.
- Flat nose and chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.
How to Make
Quick & Easy Hoop Earrings
If you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick tip, How to Open and Close a Jump Ring.
To make quick and easy hoop earrings:
Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open a large jump ring, and simply string an earwire and any desired beads or dangles onto the jump ring:
Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut, and the hoop earring is finished:
It couldn’t be simpler.
Here are some inspirations for dressing up your quick and easy hoop earrings.
Hoop Earrings #1
These simple earrings are lovely as they are – a great go-with-everything style.
They’re made with medium-gauge 15mm silver jump rings on oxidized sterling silver earwires:
But you can also easily add one or more beads to the jump rings of these earrings for a different look.
For example, here they are with long translucent red acrylic teardrop beads attached:
And (as we already saw above) here they are with a small round iridescent bead on each jump ring:
Hoop Earrings #2
You can also seek out decorative jump rings, like these medium-gauge 13mm twisted-wire ones.
I attached oxidized sterling silver twisted earwires to these fancy jump rings, and voila – a simple but interesting pair of hoop earrings:
To give them even more interest, why not make them double hoops?
I used small jump rings to attach a small, colorful lucite go-go hoop to the bottom of each of these earrings:
Hoop Earrings #3
How about something with a bit more of an edge?
Here I love the mixed metals and antiquing.
These earrings are simply made with antiqued copper earwires and heavy-gauge 15mm antiqued brass jump rings.
They’re great to wear as-is:
Or you can attach metal dangles in a contrasting shape.
Continuing with the same two metal colors, I used small antiqued copper jump rings to attach these antiqued brass patterned rectangles:
Or you might add a Victorian flair, using glass beads with antiqued bead caps and accent beads:
Hoop Earrings #4
These next hoop earrings are slightly smaller than the ones above.
They’re made with antiqued brass earwires and heavy gauge 12mm shiny copper jump rings:
I like them plain – but also with dangles of elements that tie in with the copper color of the hoops:
Hoop Earrings #5
And last but not least, I love the metal mixing and contrasts in these little hoop earrings.
They have three metal colors – antiqued brass earwires, antiqued copper jump rings (in medium gauge 10mm size), and textured gold-plated round beads:
The gold-plated beads really provide the “pop” for these small earrings!
If you make several pairs of these Quick & Easy Hoop Earrings, whether for gift-giving or for inventory to sell, here’s what I recommend.
Make a variety of designs to make them collectible.
I’d make various styles and sizes of just plain hoops:
And I’d also make various styles of hoops with simple dangles:
And don’t forget to offer a variety of colors – in the metals and in the dangles!
If you’re selling them, you may want to offer enticing price breaks for different quantities of earrings purchased.
And if you’re selling these earrings in a booth, be sure to get all the great success tips in my Ultimate Guide to Your Profitable Jewelry Booth.