DIY Peanut Shell Earrings

Who does not like peanut shell earrings?

Everyone does, right? Now, don’t tell me, you don’t have a pair, never even thought of possessing them, never even thought there could be earrings made of peanut shells. Well, I have three pairs: take a look! Aren’t they lovely and elegant?

Peanut shell earrings with beads Peanut shell earrings full shell Peanut shell earrings - gold and silver

Peanut shells are soft and easy to pierce. They are also the right size for dangler earrings – neither too long, nor too short. Finally, though peanut shell earrings are not available in shops (yet), they are super easy to make. 

Materials used in making peanut shell earrings:

  • Peanut shells (roasted)
  • Earring findings (buy from Amazon)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Varnish
  • Beads (optional)

That’s all!


Though easy to make, it’s important to keep a few tips in mind:

  1. Use shells of roasted nuts; don’t try to crack open raw nuts. Roasted shells have the correct hardness. Even if the shells bear burn marks, don’t fret – you are going to paint them over.
  2. The first step – before you paint the shells – is to pierce the shells. Paint might harden the shells and make it difficult to make the piercings. Pierce with a sharp needle. While doing so, place a finger behind the shell, just above the needle’s point, so as to prevent the shell from cracking.
  3. On top of the paint, apply varnish to make your peanut shell dangler earrings hard and durable.

So far as color is concerned, I have used gold paint mostly. But other colors can be used to make colorful earrings. If/when I make some more, I’ll share them here. If you make a pair or two, please do share pictures of your creations with me.

Of jewelry findings, I have used jump rings and hooks – easy to obtain in craft stores and online.

Compared to pistachio shell earrings, which I made earlier, peanut shell earrings are easy to make. But feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

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