Jewellery making: how to make cufflinks

Updated July 20, 2017

Making your own cufflinks is an easy and inexpensive way to reflect your personal style at a black tie event or whenever you wear a shirt with French cuffs. These cufflinks also can be given as gifts for Father's Day, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries or for your groomsmen at your wedding. Making your own cufflinks allows you to have the freedom to make the perfect accessories for any occasion.

Select the type of cufflink backings you would like to use. For a more casual look, standard metal backings are sufficient. If you are making them for a formal occasion, choose sterling silver or gold backings.

Select the type of decorative piece you want for your cufflinks. These decorations can be flamboyant, conservative or nostalgic. Work with old coins, rhinestones, Scrabble tiles, beads, buttons or almost anything you can think of as long as the back is flat or can be flattened. Keep the decorative piece to under 12 mm (1/2 inch) across.

Glue your decorative piece to the flat side of the cufflink backing with cyanoacrylate glue.

Wait at least 24 hours for the glue to dry.


If you are making the cufflinks as a gift, you can sew buttonholes into fabric or felt and link them through for a nice presentation.

Things You'll Need

  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • Cufflink findings
  • Flat-backed decorative items
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Ali Joley began writing in 2006. She has written Intelligence reports for the U.S. Air Force and has been certified in Intelligence writing by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Her work also appears on Answerbag and eHow. Joley has an Associate of Science in communications applications technology from the Community College of the Air Force