Puzzle piece earrings

“Reduce, reuse, upcycle” — that’s what inspired these earrings. I was picking up puzzle pieces one day and thought they would be just the thing for fun, simple wireworking. I used only wire and findings I had on hand, so this design is as wallet friendly as it is light and playful.


  • 4 puzzle pieces 
  • 2 14–15 mm charms
  • 4 6–10 mm large-hole flat spacers
  • 24–48 in. (61 cm–1.2 m) 24-gauge wire
  • 1–2 in. (2.5–5 cm) chain, 6–8 mm links
  • 6 9 mm jump rings
  • 2 3–4 mm jump rings (optional)
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hole punch
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge applicator

Check your local bead store for supplies. 


Puzzle piece earrings Step 1
Step 1
For each earring: Using a sponge applicator, apply Mod Podge to one side of two puzzle pieces. Allow to dry completely, then repeat on the other side.
Puzzle piece earrings Step 2
Step 2
On the top and bottom of each piece, use a hole punch to punch a hole about 2 mm from the edge.
Puzzle piece earrings Step 3
Step 3
Cut two 6–12-in. (15–36 cm) pieces of wire (the length will depend on the size of the puzzle pieces). Use your fingers to wrap each wire, free-form, around each puzzle piece.
Puzzle piece earrings Step 4
Step 4
Open a 9 mm jump ring. Attach one hole of a puzzle piece, a 3–4 mm jump ring, and a charm. Close the jump ring. (You will only need to attach a 3–4 mm jump ring if the charm doesn't hang straight without it.)
Puzzle piece earrings Step 5
Step 5
Use a 9 mm jump ring to attach   the two puzzle pieces and a flat spacer.
Puzzle piece earrings Step 6
Step 6
Cut a three-link piece of chain. Use a 9 mm jump ring to attach the chain, a spacer, and the remaining hole of a puzzle piece.
Puzzle piece earrings Step 7
Step 7
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.
For a decorative finish to your wire wrapping, coil the ends on the front of the puzzle pieces. To coil, use the tip of your roundnose pliers to make a tiny loop. Grasp the loop with chainnose pliers and use your fingers to curve the wire into a coil.
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