Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Antelope Beads Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give a gift with some heart and meaning behind it. As we’re all about DIY crafting, of course we’re all about DIY Valentine gifts as well! It can be tricky to think of DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas, so we’ve compiled a handful of products you can find on our site that could be perfect for your Valentine’s Day gift, whether it’s a traditional bracelet, charm bracelet or some type of necklace.
gem on fire valentines bracelet

We love bracelet bars. They’re a great way to break up the continuous look of leather cord jewelry, and they add a focal point to any design. Try this antique silver-finished bracelet bar featuring stamped hearts and the word “love” in flowing script across the front. Pair it with some pink flat leather, add some clasps to close it around the wrist and you’ve got a quick and simple design she’ll love! The design to the right uses a plain bracelet bar to keep the focus on the cord and the gem in the center. This sort of design is great for color-focused designs.

sea glass bead earringsHeart-shaped charms are a great way to add some loving touches to a bracelet. Simple styles like an open-heart TierraCast charm can be added to any piece with jump rings so they dangle on the design, and they can be broken up easily with leather cord sliders like this one embossed with hearts. Spacing them out prevents the charms from catching on each other and lets you cover more surface area with fewer pieces. Have you ever thought about linking charms to create a focal point on earrings? These vine hearts to the left have been linked upside-down to create a centerpiece in these sea glass beads. It adds a small detail that gives the piece just the right touch of customization and style.

What about DIY Valentine gifts for him? Most men don’t like wearing jewelry, but don’t worry - we’ve got some great findings and components for him, too! Letter and number sliders are perfect for adding a personalized touch to a bracelet such as a name or an anniversary date, and they’re a bit more subtle so he can pair the jewelry up with more neutral outfits. All of our letters and numbers come in either antique silver or gold finish so you can keep your design consistent or mix and match.

Making your own Valentine’s Day gifts doesn’t need to be complicated or flashy. Find some components and colors that fit your style and just start pairing them up! If you’re still stumped as to how your design should look for your DIY Valentine’s gift, head over to our Ideas & Inspirations section where we’ve got a variety of Valentine’s gift design ideas you can use to draw some inspiration! We always love to see what sort of designs you come up with, so share your ideas with us below or comment on our Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day!