When you hear the word “margarita,” you probably don’t think of Christmas trees … unless you’re a fan of Swarovski crystal margarita beads! Christmas tree earrings made from these sparkling beauties are one of the most popular Christmas jewelry projects around. Plus, these crystal charm designs are super easy to make! So, grab a tasty beverage and a friend or two and have a good time making margarita trees all evening.
The “branches” of these sweet tree designs are made with the 3700 Swarovski sew-on stone, also known as the margarita bead (or marguerite).
The colors in the above picture, clockwise from the top, are emerald, aurora borealis, fern green, dark moss green, and vitrail medium. These tend to be the most popular colors for making Christmas trees, but you can also make trees with clear crystal, peridot, and a variety of non-traditional colors.
Supplies needed to make 1 pair of basic Crystal Margarita Christmas Tree Earrings:
- 2 head pins
- 2 ear wires
- 6+ Swarovski margarita crystals – use two each of 3 sizes (6, 8, and 10mm) per earring
- 2 3mm Swarovski bicone beads (for the “star”)
- 1 pair round-nose pliers
- 1 pair wire cutters
- tasty beverage 🙂
Shown below is the basic tree made with the minimum components.
If you want a fancier tree, add a few more layers:
- 2 Swarovski 4mm smoky quartz #5045 rondelle beads for tree trunks (cubes are pictured below, but we much prefer the new rondelles — they are a more realistic shape)
- 2 of each size of 12mm and 14mm margaritas to make grander, taller trees
- 1 pair chain-nose pliers
To construct your margarita trees …
1. Decide if you want to include a tree trunk. If so, string a 4mm crystal cube OR bicone onto your head pin. If you’re using cubes, golden shadow, rose gold, or topaz are good colors for the trunk. If you’re using bicones, mocca, light colorado topaz, smoked topaz, and smoky quartz are good colors to choose from.
2. Decide on the number of layers for your tree (i.e. how tall it will be). Starting with your largest margarita bead, add one crystal margarita of each size to your head pin, in descending size order.
3. Decide how to top your tree. I usually use a 3mm xilion crystal bicone (article 5328) in a metallic or bright color.
4. Finish off the top of each tree with a simple or wrapped loop.
5. Add one completed tree to each of your ear wires and you’re done!
In addition to making fantastic earrings, Margarita Trees also make precious pendants and adorable additions to a gift wrap!