The Easiest DIY ‘Pearl’ Earrings

April 5, 2015Allison Murray
No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

So I have been told that pearls are going to be the in thing this year. That perfectly suits the old lady in me because I always think the classics should be in style. Way back when I actually had a few sets of real pearls. But losing valuable things in a move can kind of put you off the idea of purchasing several strands of good quality pearls all over again. Instead I’ve been rocking the fake stuff and I am in no way, shape or form apologetic about that. The oysters can keep their pretty little pearls all for themselves.

Straight up this is such an easy project it’s hardly even a tutorial. Also there is one pretty much exactly the same already on this website but I forgot about it. So sorry for the do over but I already photographed the steps and edited the pictures and that takes some doing and I will not have my time spent going to waste!

Now while this is easy it also pissed me the heck off. I managed to glue myself to: the pearls, the earring backings, my office chair and to myself. I also managed to glue pearls (note the plural there) onto my thighs and that business is always fun to take off. For such an easy project I was totally stupid and tried to knock this tutorial out long after I should have shut down and stepped away from the industrial strength glue. But you and I both know I didn’t and wouldn’t.

For this project you will need:

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

Here are my buttons. The second I saw them I thought they looked more like earrings than anything and snapped a package up and then some rhinestone ones right next door for good measure.

Now my intention was to make 3 pairs of earrings for $1.25 since said buttons were half off and I already had every other supply at home already. They say hell is paved with good intentions. In the end I made one pair of earrings with only one button left over and I was relieved I managed to eke the pair out at all!

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

See those nippers up there? Those are some heavy duty mamajambas and they are cheap. You can grab a pair for around $3 in the floral area of the craft section at Walmart and these suckers will last forever.

Trim the loop that makes these things that should have been earrings in the first place buttons. If necessary you might need to sand or file away any chunks that remain as you need a smooth surface in the end. Now these were plastic and my rhinestone ones were metal. I used a file for the metal ones and sandpaper on the plastic ones.

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

If you can, I prefer to use over sized earring posts. There’s more surface for your stuff to stick to and they sit flush against your earlobes.

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

And by the power vested in me by the internet these suckers are done. To be honest none of the photos I took during the time I was cursing, and maybe even crying a little bit at one point, and being stubborn as a dang mule were any good.

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

But if you have at least two brain cells to rub together you get the idea of gluing one thing onto the other. Be sure to use something strong, like an industrial strength or jewelry specific glue and you’re otherwise set.

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

I also made the loveliest pair of gold and rhinestone earrings again stupidly sold as buttons (I’ve gotten myself all riled up. can you tell?)

No need to spend a fortune on pearl earrings, these aren't real but you'll be amazed at how easy a pair is to make!

Buttons met glue and earring posts and they were the earrings they were destined to be!

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