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.
- several pieces of bow-tie (farfalla) pasta
- a pair of flat earring posts or earwires
- 2 1.5″ eye pins
- 14-16 brass charms
- a few black beads
- 10 jump rings
- 2 pliers
- a drill
- a 5/64″ drill bit
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?
(top image via Style.com, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)
perfect!!! looks very easy to do!!
looks so cool, i’ll make a pair for sure!
darling this is so gorgeous.
The DIY ones look so much like the original!
oh my golly. this is an italian dream. so much fun.
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OMG, your DIY posts are always so amazing! I can’t believe how your earrings look so much like the originals. Great job!
This is beyond amazing. The earrings are stunning!!
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.
Ha, love this, might give it a go! xx
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This is awesome. Great job!
Astonishing! I just have to try this! They look exactly like the original!
ehehehehe these are awesome ladies! great work!
Exactly like the original!!! I like this!!!
These are awesome; the look great.
who knew pasta would be in for fall?! love it
oh my god they almost look identical… such an amazing DIY! thank youuu!
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AMAZING!!! this is absolutely a fantastic DIY and I actually like yours better!
OMG I looove these!!! I am in love with your DIYs, they are amazing!! 🙂 xxx
This is one amazing idea! Thanks for sharing!
hahahahhaa i thought of this idea too when I saw the runway! love it! 😛
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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!)
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.
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.
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 >__<
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.
OMG! This is such a fun DIY!!!! Thanks for making it so easy! xoxo
@question, as a general rule, I’d try and avoid sitting on any of your earrings.
So interesting, gotta love pasta jewelry :). What next?
okay ~ this is way too cool! LOVE pasta and these earrings are just so cute ah!! 😉
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I looooove it!
That is actually awesome. i reckon if you painted the pasta, you actually wouldn’t KNOW its a pasta shape.
That’s such an adorable idea! Oh D&G haha
They’re so pretty! That’s so creative!
Where can I find such a tiny drill?
@Daniella, Dremel makes a really great drill – for jewelry making and small crafts. I highly recommend it!
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looks like lucy folks pasta jewellery !
Wow, and without the hefty price tag that Dolce and Gabbana would attach!
they are so cute!!! definitely going to have to make them soon (:
Wonderful! So cute, I will definitely have to try this at home!
I always love your DIY!
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Thanks for the great DIY. Love those earrings and featured in my blog
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!
thank you, as great as usual 🙂 being italian I used pasta a lot for my child jewels … love&pizza nicoletta
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
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 🙂 ^_^
amazing project, love it! happy new year ♥
They look fabulous, but make sure you don’t wear them in the rain… LOL
love it <3
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…
WOW! Amazing! 🙂 Where did you find the materials? 🙂
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.
I love to make this… 🙂
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 😀
I like them a lot, the only part I sort of do not like is the pasta.
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
I think it would look gorgeous to spray paint the pasta coral or turquoise!! 🙂 or white. or gold or silver.
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!
I can’t find this charms…
Hey, I thought this was great. They sold them for $294 and you made them for so much less. Not gonna make them cos I don’t have all that equipment but just wanted to say great post, I was revisiting that D&G show and then checking out the earrings and saw your post. Great combination of creativity and money saving, big thumbs up, wishing you all the best.