We’re all about sparkle here at Brit + Co, but it is definitely possible to go overboard in the sequins, glitter, and rhinestone department. When we stumbled across this tutorial on the web, we had to give it a try. Sequins as beads? Sequins as something that doesn’t look it’s like from the ’80s or only reserved for New Year’s Eve? Yes! Read on to see how it’s done.

 – flat sequins (on a string or individually)

– 20 gold eye pins (available on Amazon)

– gold lobster clasp

– gold o-ring

– gold chain

– earring hooks

 – needle nose pliers

– round nose pliers

We found our strings of sequin trim at a local fabric store, but you can also find loose sequins at craft and jewelry stores.

1. Sequined Diamond Earrings: The title of these earrings might be a little misleading, but we love the geometric diamond shape combined with flat blocks of black, silver, and clear sequins.

If they’re on a string like ours, unstring ’em! Then place a stack of clear ones on an eye pin. Each earring will require 4 eye pins, so 8 eye pins each.

We created a pattern that was half clear, half black. Keep placing those sequins on the eye pin.

We snipped our first eye pin at 1 1/8 inches long. You can always go bigger or shorter depending on your sense of style. Use round pliers to create another “eye” at the end. Loop your second eye pin through the eye you just created, cut to the same length, and curve into a loop again.

Repeat with the next two eye pins and attach to create a diamond. Use needle nose pliers to add earring hooks to the top eye pins and you’re done!

Pretty fly, don’t you think?

2. Sequined Chevron Necklace: As you can see, we will never be over the chevron trend. I mean, what’s not to like about zig zags?

The process for this is similar to start. Cut your pins down to a size that works for you. Ours were all 1 1/8 inches long. String on your sequins. For this one, each chevron section was a solid color, with plain eye pins in between each section.

Like this! It definitely takes some patience to put this one together, but the payoff looks like a necklace straight out of Anthropologie. Use pliers to attach your eye pins to chain, about a 1/2 inch apart for each section.

And that’s it!

We love how the chevron shape falls naturally into place when you wear it.

These pieces are delicate enough that you could totally wear them together.

What unconventional ways have you used sequins? Or any other traditionally too-shiny material? Talk to us in the comments below.