DIY Dolce & Gabbana Pasta Earrings

Leave it to Dolce & Gabbana to express their huge appetite for life (and Italy) with their Spring 2012 Collection. Dresses printed with eggplants, tomatoes and hot peppers sauntered down the runway, Sophia Loren was heard singing the ever-so-cliché “Mambo Italiano” and . . . WTF?! Pasta earrings and accessories!? What a molto bene DIY! With just a quick trip to the supermarket and bead store, these kitschy but totally fun pasta earrings are a cinch to make.

You’ll need:

The first step is to drill holes into the pasta. Gently drill a hole into the two bottom tips of the bow-tie. Don’t worry if some chip – you’ll have a whole box to work with! After the edges are drilled, drill a hole through the center of the bow-tie. Make a few extra pieces of pasta in case any break during assembly.

Start assembling from the top by adding 3 jump rings to the bottom of the first charm. Attach an eye pin.

Thread the pin through the top of the pasta. Slide a bead onto the pin.

To create a wire wrapped loop, cinch the pliers at the base of the bead. Make a 90° bend in the wire to the left. Then wrap the wire around the right side of the pliers to create a loop. Pull the pliers out, pinch the loop, and tightly wind the wire clockwise around the base of the loop one or two times.

Using wire cutters, trim away any extra wire. There are now three places to attach charms.

Connect the charms in any pattern or sequence using jump rings.

An optional step is to glue little black beads to the middle of the charms. Glue the flat post to the backside of the top of the earring.

Repeat the steps for the 2nd earring and your pair is finished! Fun, right?

‘ATS NICE!

(top image via Style.com, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)

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116 Comments

  1. Anna wrote:

    perfect!!! looks very easy to do!!

    10.4.11
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  2. Zori wrote:

    looks so cool, i’ll make a pair for sure!

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    10.4.11
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  3. darling this is so gorgeous.

    10.4.11
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  4. The DIY ones look so much like the original!

    10.4.11
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  5. Manding wrote:

    oh my golly. this is an italian dream. so much fun.
    ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com !

    10.4.11
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  6. Nikki wrote:

    OMG, your DIY posts are always so amazing! I can’t believe how your earrings look so much like the originals. Great job!

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    10.4.11
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  7. This is beyond amazing. The earrings are stunning!!

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    10.4.11
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  8. Kivi Kola wrote:

    They are also terribly useful in the eventuality of a plane crash on a desert island. Instant food!
    For effectiveness, wear more than just one pair.

    10.4.11
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  9. Maya wrote:

    Ha, love this, might give it a go! xx

    10.4.11
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  10. Stephanie wrote:

    Love this site and how creative you are!
    We met at the Chris Benz show during Fashion Week.

    Please follow me! Thanks
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  11. Ambyr wrote:

    This is awesome. Great job!

    xoxo
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    10.4.11
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  12. Astonishing! I just have to try this! They look exactly like the original!

    xx
    Z

    10.4.11
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  13. alison wrote:

    ehehehehe these are awesome ladies! great work!

    10.4.11
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  14. Debra wrote:

    saucy 😉

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  15. Exactly like the original!!! I like this!!!

    10.4.11
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  16. Aisha wrote:

    These are awesome; the look great.
    -Lovely D.I.Y

    10.4.11
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  17. Stef wrote:

    who knew pasta would be in for fall?! love it

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  18. fashionmix wrote:

    amazing <3

    10.4.11
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  19. oh my god they almost look identical… such an amazing DIY! thank youuu!

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    10.4.11
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  20. Miick wrote:

    darling i love your blog,perfect *—*

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    10.4.11
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  21. Mara wrote:

    Taking creativity to the next level ~ sensational!

    x Mara

    10.4.11
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  22. grace wrote:

    AMAZING!!! this is absolutely a fantastic DIY and I actually like yours better!

    -grace

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    10.4.11
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  23. Fahmida wrote:

    OMG I looove these!!! I am in love with your DIYs, they are amazing!! 🙂 xxx

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    10.4.11
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  24. Clement wrote:

    This is one amazing idea! Thanks for sharing!

    10.4.11
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  25. nathalia wrote:

    hahahahhaa i thought of this idea too when I saw the runway! love it! 😛

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    10.4.11
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  26. sarah wrote:

    ha, very clever! You know, you could also make the pasta part from fimo or sculpey and then it’d be okay to wear them in a rainstorm! 😉 (and, you know, no drill required!)

    10.4.11
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  27. Cynthia wrote:

    How fun and sassy!. Looks very easy. I’m thinking if I made long earrings entirely out of the pasta and wore a red dress I could be pasta and marinara sauce for Halloween and still look great/not to costumish.

    Cynthia
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    10.4.11
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  28. Daniela wrote:

    Wow fantastic!

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  29. d wrote:

    honestly, wtf. thanks for the diy instruction but i won’t make these. i’m picturing what would become of the pasta after a sweaty night of dancing. very creative though.

    10.4.11
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  30. question wrote:

    how can i make that pasta more sturdy.. cause that would be a bummer if it gets sat on and all that effort would be for nothing >__<

    10.4.11
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  31. Wow, haven’t made pasta jewelry since kindergarten. This is making me want to get out the paints and make some colorful ones for a burberry/ d&g mashup/ kindergarten mashup.

    10.4.11
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  32. OMG! This is such a fun DIY!!!! Thanks for making it so easy! xoxo
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    10.5.11
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  33. answer wrote:

    @question, as a general rule, I’d try and avoid sitting on any of your earrings.

    10.5.11
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  34. So interesting, gotta love pasta jewelry :). What next?

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    10.5.11
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  35. okay ~ this is way too cool! LOVE pasta and these earrings are just so cute ah!! 😉
    xx ~ ks

    10.5.11
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  36. amourette wrote:

    amazing

    10.5.11
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  37. Toomzie wrote:

    I looooove it!

    10.5.11
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  38. J Umm wrote:

    That is actually awesome. i reckon if you painted the pasta, you actually wouldn’t KNOW its a pasta shape.
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  39. That’s such an adorable idea! Oh D&G haha
    Adrienne
    xoxoxo
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  40. Grace wrote:

    They’re so pretty! That’s so creative!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

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  41. Daniella wrote:

    Where can I find such a tiny drill?

    10.5.11
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Daniella, Dremel makes a really great drill – for jewelry making and small crafts. I highly recommend it!

      10.5.11
  42. Lovely!!!
    xoxo from Brazil

    10.5.11
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  43. cingifilli wrote:

    super!

    10.5.11
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  44. Meghan wrote:

    looks like lucy folks pasta jewellery !

    10.6.11
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  45. Wow, and without the hefty price tag that Dolce and Gabbana would attach!

    10.7.11
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  46. SACRAMENTO wrote:

    Wonderful!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    10.7.11
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  47. jessica wrote:

    they are so cute!!! definitely going to have to make them soon (:

    10.7.11
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  48. Kelly wrote:

    Wonderful! So cute, I will definitely have to try this at home!

    10.9.11
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  49. I always love your DIY!

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    10.11.11
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  50. misluo wrote:

    Thanks for the great DIY. Love those earrings and featured in my blog
    http://misluo.blogspot.com/2011/10/saturday-diy.html

    10.22.11
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  51. erin wrote:

    I love these! is there something you can put on the pastas so it wont chip?! also, if im not taht crafty, would anyone make a pair of these for me to purchase or do you know where I can? These are fantastic!

    10.26.11
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  52. 1129design wrote:

    thank you, as great as usual 🙂 being italian I used pasta a lot for my child jewels … love&pizza nicoletta

    11.9.11
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  53. 1129design wrote:

    hi erica, I reblogged at http://1129designorecchinigioielli.blogspot.com/2011/11/gli-orecchini-con-la-pasta-di-dolce-e.html and added 2 different pasta earrings and 1 fusilli bracelet pasta that I made, hope you like 🙂 love nicoletta

    11.12.11
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  54. Kooki wrote:

    Hello, I just registered & I have to say that I really like this website
    There’s alot of ideas & interesting things. To learn from here & I totally loved the earrings made from macrony it’s so stylish
    Thankmyou erica for publishing this 🙂 ^_^
    Xoxo
    Kooki

    12.5.11
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  55. amazing project, love it! happy new year ♥

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  56. anna wrote:

    They look fabulous, but make sure you don’t wear them in the rain… LOL

    1.15.12
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  57. Eva wrote:

    love it <3
    amazing idea!!

    2.3.12
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  58. Marcelynn wrote:

    What do you do if the drill goes too fast and the pieces break everytime?? I tried to use a screwdriver(electric) but didn’t work. Would LOVE an answer…

    3.13.12
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  59. Mia wrote:

    WOW! Amazing! 🙂 Where did you find the materials? 🙂

    3.14.12
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  60. Gloria wrote:

    Amazing!! Bet you could seal the pasta as well to may it stronger. I love this and all your other projects too. You have such an amazing and creative mind. Thanks for sharing.

    3.16.12
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  61. Martina wrote:

    http://www.facebook.com/TasteMyTesto
    I love to make this… 🙂

    6.3.12
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  62. Selina wrote:

    Amazing job!

    7.5.12
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  63. Carolina wrote:

    I would love these (classy) earrings but I think the pasta can be spray-painted with a touch of gold and it’ll look fantastic as well. I love this beautiful and easy idea 😀

    12.24.12
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  64. I like them a lot, the only part I sort of do not like is the pasta.

    2.24.13
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  65. Libby wrote:

    This is amazing! I never would have thought a piece of pasta would be strong enough to hold an earring. Def have to try this one out for myself. Melanysguydlines.com

    4.15.13
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  66. Alina wrote:

    I think it would look gorgeous to spray paint the pasta coral or turquoise!! 🙂 or white. or gold or silver.

    5.26.13
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  67. Cute & fun … Pasta on your ears! I can’t wait to make these being an Italian Citizen! My company has the exclusive distribution of Italian Fashion jewelry worn by Italian models & celebrities! Once I’ve made these, I’m taking them back with me to Italia for a fun photo shoot at our factory!
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    12.13.13
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  68. Ya it wrote:

    I can’t find this charms…

    2.23.14
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