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How to Make Cluster Bead Earrings: 14 Ways

By: Kelly Spence, Editor of AllFreeJewelryMaking

If you love making beaded earrings and are looking for some fresh new patterns and ideas, then try out the cluster earring craze! Learn how to make earrings with charms, beads, or jump rings in little bunches (or "clusters") for a fun variation on the typical dangle earring design. We've gathered 14 earring patterns so you can learn how to make cluster earrings of all kinds! From chainmaille to wirework, from safety pins to paint chips, these earring patterns cover quite the range of techniques and materials, so there is definitely a design to suit every style.

If you want to showcase some stunning beads, cluster earrings are a great option. They have more detail than dangles with a single bead or charm, so they are sure to attract attention. Learn how to make cluster earrings using crystals, seed beads, pom poms, chip beads--pretty much any beads or charms you want! Cluster earrings are so versatile and can be made in so many ways; the possibilities are endless.

Jewel Tone Cluster EarringsCascading Crystal Earrings TutorialPaint Chip Earrings

How to Make Cluster Earrings: 14 Ways

  1. How to Make Bead Cluster Earrings (Video Tutorial) - Are you a visual learner? Then learn how to make cluster earrings by following along with this easy video tutorial! This free jewelry making video will show you the basic technique behind making beaded earrings with a classic cluster design.
  2. Jewel Tone Cluster Earrings - This project will show you how to make earrings that resemble chainmaille for a gorgeous variation on the more basic beaded cluster design. Use flat chip beads in a variety of rich jewel tones to get the peacock-inspired color palette you see here.
  3. Shades of Blue Bead and Chain Dangle Earrings - This tutorial demonstrates an interesting technique for how to make earrings by creating a beaded chain loop! When the loop is attached to an earwire, it hangs in a graceful and effortless cluster. Genius!
    Bead and Chain Dangle Earrings
  4. Cascading Crystal and Wire Spiral Earrings - Want to incorporate some wirework into your clusters? This tutorial will show you a beautiful way to do it! These earrings use crystals and wire coils for a variation of the cluster technique that is fun yet elegant--a perfect project to try if you're looking for wire earring patterns.
  5. Dangling Dragonfly Earrings - One of the best parts of making beaded earrings is creating a pair for every season and occasion, and these sprightly earrings just scream spring! This tutorial demonstrates how to make earrings with charms for a lovely little addition to the cluster. Adapt this design for any season or holiday by switching out the charm and color scheme.
  6. Knitted Wire Dangle Earrings (3 Ways) - This tutorial is three earring patterns in one. Follow the instructions to learn how to make earrings by actually knitting wire! You may need some knitting experience to attempt these earring patterns.
    Knitted Wire Dangle Earrings
  7. Paint Chip Earrings - Making beaded earrings from recycled materials is a great way to save the Earth and save some money. This clever project idea uses old paint cards and a paper punch to make nifty little paper beads! So if you're currently redecorating, hold on to those paint chips. They could become your most fabulous accessories!
  8. Safety Pin Pom Pom Dangle Earrings - These plush little pom pom earrings are a lot of fun! If you're looking for earring patterns that are a little more eccentric in style, try this tutorial. It'll show you how to make earrings using safety pins to create a chandelier effect. This design can be easily adapted to use different kinds of beads, so feel free to experiment.
  9. Rhumba Earrings - This project uses large jump rings and seed beads for a totally different take on the cluster look. From farther away, these earrings look incredibly intricate and complicated, but when you take a closer look, you see that they're made using very basic skills! If you're new to making beaded earrings and don't know where to start, this is a great beginner project to try.
    Rhumba Earrings
  10. Simple Cluster Earrings - These classic clusters are simple yet elegant. Follow these instructions to learn how to make cluster earrings that can easily go from day to night. Use beads of one shade for a more elegant look, or mix up the colors for a fun and flirty effect!
  11. Sparkle and Dangle Earrings - One of our most popular earring patterns, this gorgeous project is so versatile. You can easily make them flashier or more subtle depending on your choice of beads. These would make a lovely gift or a perfect date night accessory.
  12. Wedding Bell Earrings - If you're looking for DIY bridal jewelry, this is the tutorial for you. Learn how to make cluster earrings for your big day with these easy instructions. When clustered together, these pretty Lily of the Valley beads create the look of little wedding bells.
    Wedding Bell Earrings
  13. Glamorous Crystal Cluster Earrings - Looking for a bit of glam in your jewelry making? Then these Glamorous Crystal Cluster Earrings are just what you need. Follow this easy tutorial to make sparkling cluster bead earrings.
  14. 5-Minute Cluster Earrings - Looking for a lightning fast jewelry project to put the finishing touch on your outfit? These 5-Minute Cluster Earrings can be completed before your spouse has time to check their hair and put on their shoes! Make this cool cluster design today.


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