DIY Ombrè Pistachio Shell Necklace
by Natalie Follow

This DIY project is inspired by my favorite midnight snack: pistachios! After creating a pile of shells on my plate, I couldn't help but notice what a pretty shape they had. Now it's time to put them to use! By adding some paint, pistachio shells turn into such beautiful ornaments for creating jewelry. I decided to go with the ombrè gradient look, but get creative and explore different colors.



Gather Supplies

• Pistachio shells (I used 34)
• Small piece of thin cardboard
• Glue gun or tacky glue
• Acrylic paint
• Mod Podge
• Brush
• Chain
• Jump rings and lobster clasp
• Needle nose pliers
• Scissors


Cut the cardboard into a semi-circle to serve as the base of the necklace.


Attach jump rings to the corners of the cardboard and attach the chain.


Paint pistachio shells the colors of your choice. To create lighter shades of any color, simply add white paint until you have your desired shade. Let dry and add 2-3 additional coats so that the shell is completely covered. Once dry, add a thin coat of decoupage medium to seal in the paint and add shine. Let dry.


 Start gluing the shells onto the cardboard, starting with the bottom layer and working your way in.

Discussion 6

  • Sew Everything! commented 9 years ago

    Wow! What a cool and chic project.

  • Lauren Evonne commented 9 years ago

    This is so gorgeous! I am so making this in blue!

  • vvonder commented 9 years ago

    such a creative idea to incorporate pistachio shells! cheers for no waste!

  • Nora commented 9 years ago

    Great colors!

  • Susan Juvet commented 9 years ago

    Oh my goodness. This is spectacular. I love that you used pistachio shells! I never would have thought, and it looks amazing.

  • sally commented 9 years ago

    This is a big statement but I think this may be one of my favorite projects on the entire site.

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