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Valentine Gift Idea — Make Handmade ♥ Heart ♥ Jewelry! {plus a bunch of winners}

I made it back from my trip. 
Blissdom and CHA were such fun! 
{I can’t wait to tell you all about it. }
Meanwhile, here’s a fun, handmade Valentine gift idea to make for a special person in your life!
 Beaded Heart Jewelry

You can make these beaded hearts and then make them into earrings or different necklaces. And you can make them different sizes — for any taste or age!! 

 

 

Here’s What You Need: 
  • Beads. I used 4 mm Swarkovski crystals {from Michael’s} but any bead will work.
  • Wire — if you are using 4mm beads or smaller you will need to use 24 gauge wire.
  • Jump Rings {1 per heart for earrings, 6 per heart for necklaces}
  • Earring wires {if making earrings}
  • Ribbon and ribbon findings {if making necklaces}
  • Lobster Claw {if making necklaces}
  • Gorilla Glue or Super Glue {if making necklaces}
  • A few links of extra jewelry chain {optional – if making necklaces}

Here’s what you do: 

  • Make the Heart. Cut a 6 inch piece of wire. Fold it in half. Ten bend each wire in an arc to make the top of the heart.
  • String the beads on each side of the heart. I put 4 beads on one side, then bent the wire down to make the top of each side of the heart. Then I added another 8 beads to each side = 12 beads on each side of the heart.
 
  • Once each side have beads on it, then make a loop on both sides. Loop the tail around the base of the loop on one of the sides. Cut off excess with wire cutting pliers.
  • Put the end of the tail through the loop you just created. Fit the loop of this circle inside the other loop. Then wrap the tail around that loop and cut off the excess. You can use your fingers to make the heart perfectly symmetrical by moving the wire around once the heart is created.
  • If you are making earrings, put a jump ring through the side of one of the sides of the heart and also attach that jump ring to an earring wire. Close with your pliers. You are done now if you are making just earrings.
  • If you are making a necklace, you can put one jump ring through so it hangs off center — like above. Or two jump rings at both side of the heart so it hangs straight.
  • Now measure your ribbon – cute the ribbon to any length you want. I made mine 16 inches long. Then cut the ribbon in half – so you have two halves.
  •  Take out four Fold Over Ribbon Clamps {you can get these in the jewerly section of your craft store}. Put a drop of Gorilla Glue inside the clamp and then put an end of the ribbon inside and fold the clamp over, securing with your pliers. Do this with all four edges of the ribbon. Let dry for an hour or so.
  • Attach a jump ring through all four clamps. Attach the jump rings on two sides to the jump ring attached to the heart. Then attach the jump ring to another end of the ribbon to the lobster claw.
  • And attach the last jump ring to a small section of chain. This will let your necklace be adjustable. Close with your pliers.
Now you have a homemade, inexpensive gift to give this Valentine’s Day. You could even make a more manly version of the heart made out of chunkier beads or even silver beads and attach it to a keychain for your husband or boyfriend!! 
I just got home from a very long trip and have slacked off on announcing a few winners — so here they are:

The winner of the Planner Perfect ebook is:

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Kingdom of the Princess

There are so many great organizing ideas that people have submitted — seriously,

check them out!! 

The winner of the Hot Glue Gun Helpers Tool Set:

 

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Me and My Pink Mixer

This is the greatest tool — if you want to buy one, you can do it HERE.

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And

The two winners of the Barn Owl Primitives Giveaway are:

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The Moody Fashionista

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The Geyers in Chattanooga

in mind for fabulous custom made typography!!
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And speaking of Typography — come link up YOUR typography ideas at The CSI Project this week! We have some fabulous guests {Less Cake {More Frosting}, madigan made, Positively Splendid that are posting their Typography tutorials over there this week!!   

 

Visit thecsiproject.com

 

 

I’m linking to these super fun parties — be sure to check them out!!

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Comments

  1. Shannon says:

    I made two of these tonight for my mom and I. I made them with pearls and used a brass chain to hang them from. This was a fun project and I am sure that she will love it.

  2. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says:

    Hey Jen! I gave you some link love over at Crafts & Sutch today! Pop by when you get a chance to take a peek! :)

    Lovin' these jewels!
    Erin

  3. it is very cute the heart pendant swarovski necklace I love it! the idea to make it with a ribbon makes it so original

  4. Sassy Sites! says:

    We are hosting a Valentine linkup party over at Sassy Sites! I would love to have you stop by and link up this Valentine post (and ANY other valentine post you have!) xoxo!!

    <3 Marni

  5. Brooke Douglass says:

    This was a great post!!! I am your newest follower and hope that you will come be a follower at my blog!!! brooke
    brookedouglass@yahoo.com
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  6. Kristen Duke Photography says:

    very very very cute jewelry! blissdom sounded like so much fun!

  7. Bellenza Wedding Bistro says:

    Thanks for a super-cute and extensive tutorial! Can just see these bead hearts as napkin ring or glass stem charms at a bridal shower!

  8. oh so fun! I just created a heart gift today as well! :)

  9. Your opening line in this post was "I made it back from my trip" Spaz that I am, thought you meant you made these cute pieces of jewelry on the way back from your trip.

    Thank goodness! I had a mental image of you on the plane, bent over your tray table with pliers, beads and jump rings, working quickly to finish before you had to return your tray table and seat-back to their upright and locked positions…

    Whew. Super, super cute.
    xoxo

  10. Your opening line in this post was "I made it back from my trip" Spaz that I am, thought you meant you made these cute pieces of jewelry on the way back from your trip.

    Thank goodness! I had a mental image of you on the plane, bent over your tray table with pliers, beads and jump rings, working quickly to finish before you had to return your tray table and seat-back to their upright and locked positions…

    Whew. Super, super cute.
    xoxo

  11. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    These are so cute Jen!! I love the ric rac version – I seriously need that! I haven't ever done Valentine's jewelry before but I love the simplicity of these! Thanks!

  12. Cute cute!

  13. Jayna Rae says:

    Such cute necklaces! Congratulations to all of the winners too.

  14. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Tres pretty, Jen! Is there anything you can't do??! ;) Glad you made it home safely. Missed being able to see you at Blissdom…maybe next year. :)

  15. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says:

    Jen, these turned out so cute! I made these little, crystal hearts too (inspired from Martha), but I love your addition of the ribbon! So fun!

  16. Rambling Girl says:

    Love the neckless and can't wait to make one with Lexi!
    Congrats to all your winners!

  17. Wow…congratulations to all the LUCKY winners! Abby and I would have a ball making those heart necklaces and earrings. I think a trip to Michael's is in order!

  18. Wow, I can't wait to hear about your trip to Blissdom. Congrats to all of the winners to those great giveaways. I would like to know how to make subway art? I am just now hearing/seeing it? Is there a tutorial?
    Thanks for sharing all of these creative ideas.

  19. Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com says:

    Congratulations to the winners! I shared your fun tute on my FB fan page!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Treasures-for-Tots/189979926301

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