DIY Shell Earrings

The chilly climate has hardly deterred me from incorporating a bit of tropical flair into my winter wardrobe. Inspired by Kelly Wearstler‘s metallic shell earrings from her upcoming spring collection, I’ll show you how to transform a couple of simple shells into a pair of beachy stunners. Vamos a la playa!

You’ll need:

Start by placing the shells on a paper bag or plate. Spray a nice even coat on one side and allow to dry completely before spraying the backside.

Use the pliers to open the loop of the eyepin. Slip the quartz component onto the eyepin and close the loop shut.

Measure about an inch of the way down and trim eyepin with a pair of wire cutters. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 glue onto a disposable plate or spoon.

Using the pliers to grasp the loop of the eyepin, immerse the pin into the glue until it’s well covered. Slip the pin into the backside crevice of the shell, making sure the loop is perpendicular to the cross section.

Use a toothpick to add additional glue if necessary. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour and then attach the other side of the component to an earwire.

Repeat the same steps to complete the pair.

And you’re finished before you can say Sally sells seashells by the seashore!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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105 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Wow they look soooo stunning and cool. Have to try that out too <3
    xo

    glamDevils

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  2. Wonderful idea!

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  3. Best DIY ever!! These earrings are pure perfection!!
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

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  4. Nicole wrote:

    They’re stunning!

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  5. That its so cool! We love it!

    Sí al sí quiero

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  6. Malin wrote:

    Wow! I think they look even better than the original. Great DIY!

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  7. Alessandra wrote:

    really nice!!!
    xxx Ale

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  8. Amazing! xx

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  9. Beautiful and fancy Diy!! looks really nice!!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

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  10. Denisa wrote:

    Wow, that post is perfect and I really like so creative things. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  11. Laura wrote:

    love them !!
    check out my new post: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/

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  12. Viveca wrote:

    So pretty! My parents have loads of shells, collected in Oman, so I might have to try this!

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  13. Em wrote:

    Those look gorgeous! I’m sure too we can try with different varieties of shells. Might need to sneak to the beach to see if I can find any 🙂

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  14. Enda wrote:

    are u kiddinng
    sooo cuteee!

    xo,
    Enda
    http://detailsbyenda.blogspot.com/

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  15. brooke wrote:

    these are gorgeous and the gold spray paint elevates them to a high fashion look, rather than super beachy.

    http://www.insparisian.com

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  16. YOLONDA wrote:

    These are gorgeous! Great job!
    ♥, Londa
    designroundup.blgospot.com

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  17. Veva wrote:

    AMAZING!!!!!

    GREAT DIY!!

    KISSES

    MY WHITE IDEA

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  18. these are stunning! nice work!!

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  19. Mina wrote:

    I love your DIYs!
    This is such a brilliant idea! Xx
    http://live-in-this-moment.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Maria wrote:

    These are so amazing. I love anything gold recently, and this isn’t any different.
    xo, Maria
    http://www.peppermintsandpixiedust.blogspot.com

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  21. Ambyr wrote:

    I love these. Such a cool idea and I like that the shells are all gold.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  22. Aubree wrote:

    Gorgeous! I love them.

    xx

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  23. amalie wrote:

    your diys are the best xx

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  24. Charlotte wrote:

    These look brilliant! Great idea!
    http://fashiongirl134.blogspot.com

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  25. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

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  26. I have so so many shells I’ve collected over the years, and so this is perfect! Great DIY!

    xoxo
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com/

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  27. The are GORGEOUS!!!

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  28. Sacha wrote:

    LOVE!

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  29. Lindsey wrote:

    Holy Hell Raiser! I need to make these. Such an awesome DIY!!!
    xo,
    Lindsey

    http://www.caviartaste.com

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  30. Renate wrote:

    Really Pretty.

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  31. Oh wow!
    Your DIYS are always amazing!

    Come visit mine!
    http://www.9lla.it
    fashion – trends – DIYs

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  32. Michiel wrote:

    Very cool DIY!
    Really love this blog!

    http://www.janmarcel.com/

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  33. elif wrote:

    i LOVE this. so pretty!

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  34. Silvia wrote:

    These are fantastic! Great idea. xx

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  35. B. wrote:

    I just saw the original inspiration and wow, you guys did a great job! This is fantastic!

    Blurbs.Blog

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  36. Lotti wrote:

    Great, I got so many ideas from this DIY-Hompage.
    Have a look at all my earrings.
    Also on facebook http://de-de.facebook.com/pages/Ma-Passion/175660355904212

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  37. missusb wrote:

    I may just have to go and get my ears pierced!
    Fab.u.lous

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  38. Lejla wrote:
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  39. DC2NYCo wrote:

    Amazing DIY! Gilt shells look absolutely stunning! Great job as always!

    DC2NYConfessions Blog

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  40. I love statement earrings. Stunning!

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  41. Love it!

    My daily outfits in http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  42. I will be mastering this DIY while watching the Oscar Noms at an unspeakable hour tomorrow morning. These are RIDICULOUS!!! LOVE THEM!!

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  43. Lizz wrote:

    Wow so elegant! I’ll definitely have to try out!

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  44. Paula wrote:

    what a great idea! I have to try it!

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  45. SACRAMENTO wrote:

    This collection is totally seapunk and I love it.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  46. SACRAMENTO wrote:

    I must try the DIY, but where to get the shells???
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  47. Luisa wrote:

    oh my gosh! So beautiful!!!

    Love them <3

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  48. Akvile wrote:

    these are stunning! really amazing idea! 🙂

    http://eagletouchphotography.blogspot.co.uk

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  49. whatkrissydidnext wrote:
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  50. It’s wonderful, love it

    xxx

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  51. Stand Out wrote:

    I’m always in love with your perfect creation!
    You’re the best blog, to me.

    http://standoutfashionblog.blogspot.it/

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  52. Nadja wrote:

    omg, how stunnung! didn’t think they are DIY, looks so gorgeous 🙂 LOVE IT! definitely have to try this too, maybe in silver!

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  53. nicole wrote:
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  54. Isa wrote:

    Beyond beautiful! Remarkably, I’ve yet to try one of your DIYs – but this might be my first!

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com.br/

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  55. Nadia wrote:

    This looks fantastic. I have shells I collected last May in Hawaii that I have been waiting to make into earrings. This would be perfect. However, my hubbie says the gold spray paint would come off on a black outfit, or clothes in general. Have you found a way to avoid that? Or is it not a problem? Thanks!

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  56. Erica wrote:

    @Nadia shells are generally pretty porous so the gold spray paint adheres nicely. The paint has not rubbed off nor has it chipped – even when I try scratching it off with my fingernail! Hope this helps. Good luck!

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  57. maaike wrote:

    This is fantastic! I realy want to try it out.

    http://carma-likes-loves-fashion.blogspot.nl/

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  58. meixi wrote:

    I like all things shiny 🙂

    See my glitterized ombre shoes! http://thiscache.blogspot.sg/2013/01/diy-ombre-glitterized-shoes.html

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  59. Ange wrote:

    Pretty! I feel like they could look really cool with a small rougher quartz. I’m inspired!

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  60. Inês wrote:

    Hi! Love these, they are so elegant.
    Can I make a request? Wildfox’s love potion nº9 sweater DIY would be great.
    Thanks for all the beautiful DIY, they are all very inspiring! 🙂

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  61. leny wrote:

    amazing! it looks so beautiful

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  62. Armande wrote:

    Those are really awesome earrings! Very original. I never thought of spray painting shells like that.

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  63. Carrie Doe wrote:

    wow!!!! they are perfect! great job!

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  64. Deryl Jenkins wrote:

    O yeah…that’s nice!

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  65. Kelly wrote:

    One of the most gorgeous pair of earrings I’ve ever seen ! :))

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  66. Hi! I’ve quoted you on my last post!

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  67. Vanessa wrote:

    This looks so classy but is so simple to make! Your blog has been one of my longtime favorites for DIY ideas and has inspired me to start my own DIY blog 🙂 Do you have any tips on how to promote a new blog to a wider audience?

    Vanessa
    http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com/

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  68. idil wrote:

    Great project!! Love it!!!

    MY JUNKY BOX

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  69. Enaj wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE these earrings, I need them in my life! Is there any particular kind of spray paint that works best for this? Thanks for the excellent DIY, I will definitely be trying it as soon as I can get the supplies together 🙂

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  70. Vy wrote:

    You are an amazingly talented woman! I love this so much!

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  71. Esther .L wrote:

    AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS <3
    SO TALENTED IDEA!
    DEFINITELY LOVE IT!

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  72. Maya wrote:

    wow, waaay better than the original ones

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  73. deyna wrote:

    I’ve clicked over to the link where you bought the sea shells but i’m curious if you have to order a couple to get a “pair” as it says the shells are “assorted” which sounds like i might get a variety.

    Great DIY it looks so much more inspiring than the original. 🙂

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Deyna I ordered a few and hand-picked a pair of shells that matched. I’m sure you can probably contact them directly to request two of the same kind. Good luck!

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  74. Great DIY project. I’ll have to give this a try.

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  75. Love these! I featured them in my Aquatic Jewelry Designs roundup here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/aquatic-diy-jewelry-designs/

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  76. vreeni wrote:

    very good idea for my next diy project.

    i love all things from the beach

    http://freakinyou.blogspot.de/p/dyi.html

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  77. Jenny wrote:

    What type/brand/color of golf spray paint have you been using? Did you find it at the craft store or a hardware store?

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  78. zen wrote:

    Awesome use of seashells! I ve so many from my childhood to be used :p feeling inspired to do something with seashells on hapinesswherever.wordpress.com too 🙂

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  79. Beth Clark wrote:

    Oh yes, I’m definitely making these! Great tutorial!

    http://www.thecitydweller.me

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  80. Charlotte wrote:

    What kind of spray paint did you use (brand and color)? Would love to try this on some different varieties of shells! xo

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  81. Jessa wrote:

    Im worried at some point the glue will no longer hold and the earring will fall in the middle of something… Any feedback for this concern? Did it detach sometime, how realizable strong is the glue for this particular setting ? Thanks in advance!!!!

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