Christmas is the best time to make and give gifts. With six girly-girl nieces and three daughters, I find jewelry is always great gift option for the holidays. These DIY resin stud earrings and pendants were easy to make and are the perfect festive touch for Christmas.
Hi there! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, crafts and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week. I recently saw these Kate Spade glitter stud earrings and I just had to try and DIY them! I put a Christmas spin on them using Envirotex jewelry resin.
For my Christmas crafting this year I bought some red, green and silver glitter. Glitter is not typically a medium we use a lot of, especially in these bright colors. If you stop by our blog you’ll find lots of beachy coastal colors such as teals, whites and taupes. So it’s fun to venture outside of our usual color palette and get bright, cheery and festive for the holidays.
I recently used the silver glitter to make these kids’ school photo ornament gifts as well as to make some candy cane luminaries from Mason jars. The simple earrings and pendant were about as easy to make as it gets with the jewelry resin. I just picked up a few basic jewelry making supplies at my local craft store and got started.
DIY Kate Spade-Inspired Resin Stud Earrings
I ended up experimenting and making this jewelry using a couple of different techniques. For the small stud earrings, I simply placed droplets of the resin mixture directly on the earring backings. I used jewelry molds for the larger earrings and the pendants.
Materials needed for Christmas Glitter Earrings and Pendants with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin:
- EnviroTex Jewelry Resin kit
- Flat post earrings (6mm) and backings
- Red, green and silver glitter mix
- Castin’ Craft Mold Release
- EasyCast Resin Jewelry Molds
- Wooden craft sticks
- Toothpicks, paper towels, small paint brush, straw
- E6000 Jewelry and Bead Glue (optional)
- Drill or Drill Press with 3/16” diamond drill bit (optional)
- 10mm Jump Rings (optional)
How to Make DIY Resin Stud Earrings and Pendants:
Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project.
To make the small earrings studs directly on the earring posts, poke the flat posts into a piece of Styrofoam, cardboard or other firm foam to keep them level as possible.
Apply a mold release / conditioner to the jewelry molds as per the instructions in the package.
Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. I used very little of each, only about 10 mm and it went along way as you’ll see.
Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.
Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container with a clean stir stick.
Once combined mix in a generous amount of glitter.
Using the stir stick drop small amounts of the resin mixture onto the flat surface of the earring posts. Try to get a nice domed droplet without the resin pouring over the edges (but not to worry if it does).
Fill your desired jewelry molds as well.
Finally, gently blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin (you may need to repeat this a couple of times during the initial curing process).
Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let them cure overnight (24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry).
Finishing the DIY resin jewelry pieces:
The DIY resin stud earrings should be good to go!
For the other pieces, carefully remove them from the mold. With a sharp utility knife trimmed around any of the sharp edges on the back of the pieces. If needed, glue the earring posts onto the backside of the jewelry pieces using E6000 jewelry and bead glue. For the pendants, drill a small hole into the top of the resin through which you can insert a round jump ring.
I love how these pieces turned out. With very little resin I now have beautiful, handmade holiday gifts for all my nieces and daughters. These would also make lovely gifts for co-workers, your boss or a special friend.
My six-year-old saw me in process and couldn’t wait to get her DIY resin stud earrings; here she is modeling them. And she was so excited to tell everybody that her mom made these earrings for her.
Additional DIY Jewelry Gift Ideas:
If you’re looking for other beautiful and creative jewelry gift ideas for the holidays be sure to check out these other DIY jewelry ideas here on the Resin Crafts Blog:
- resin pendants with dried lavender
- birth month flower pendants
- wood slice and resin pendants
- jewelry clay pendants with ink transfer
How is your Christmas gift making coming along?
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Jane and Sonja are sisters, moms and lifelong craft addicts both living near Toronto, Canada with their families. They share their love of creativity, nature and coastal DIY ideas on their blog Sustain My Craft Habit. They craft and decorate their homes using repurposed and upcycled items and materials found in nature.