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’m writing this drunk. HELL YES, BEADED TRIBAL EARRINGS! I love you! You’re my best friend. No…but seriously, I like love you. Like so much. I’m not even just saying this because I’m drunk. You’re awesome. Let’s get brunch tomorrow morning.

I’m kidding. I swear I’m just nicely buzzed, but it’s definitely helping to elevate the excitement level. Still, it’s embarrassing how many times I’ve probably given that exact monologue to a friend at 2AM on a Saturday night. (Spoiler alert: Drunk plans for brunch never happen the next morning.)

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 three 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. To achieve the tribal pattern, follow the coloring outlined in this nifty little dry-erase board sketch I made. And this stupid diagram took like 15 solid minutes to make and was so mind-numbingly repetitive, so you BETTER get use of it!!
  5. Was step 4 too aggressive? I’m sorry. Take a deep breath and hug yourself.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.




  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!


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