An Edgy Take on a Classic: DIY Pearl Cluster Earrings

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DIY Pearl Cluster Earrings

Pearl earrings and necklaces are some of the most timeless pieces of jewelry a woman can own. No matter your age or style, pearls can really bring a look together. While we all love a classic piece, these DIY earrings present a new, funky way to wear this feminine staple. Personally, I love the contrast of the random gray pearls with their ivory counterparts, as it brings in an edgier, offbeat vibe to these earrings.

Supplies for the Pearl Cluster Earrings


– Pearls (at least 20, in varying sizes and shades)
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Pair of earring hooks
– Chain (about 4 inches/10.16 centimeters total)
– Head pins (at least 20)

For reference, I used 10 head pins/pearls on each earring.

Gray pearl on a head pin

1. Slide a pearl onto a head pin.

Pearl on a head pin to be made into a charm

2. Using the cutting portion of the pliers, trim the head pin so that there is about 0.5 inch (1.27 centimeters) remaining.

Making a pearl into a charm

3. Using the needle nosed portion of the pliers, create a loop. I find that the easiest way to do this is to bend the wire outwards (see photo above), and then take the end and turn the pliers to create the loop (see photo below).

Making a pearl into a charm

4. Once completed, the pearl essentially becomes a charm.

Finished pearl charms made with head pins

5. Repeat with the remaining pearls.

Chain trimmed to be made into an earring

6. Trim the chain to about 2 inches (5.08 centimeters).

Chain attached to an earring hook

7. Add an earring hook to the top of the chain. This can be done by opening the earring hook’s loop with the pliers, inserting the first link of the chain, and closing the loop shut.

Pearl charms on a chain

8. Start adding your handmade pearl charms. The more random the placement, the better.

One completed Pearl Cluster Earring

9. Repeat until most of the chain has been filled up. You can always add more or less pearls, depending on your preference.

Completed pair of Pearl Cluster Earrings

10. Repeat steps 1-9 for the second earring.

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Feel free to use all white, ivory, or even a mix of colored pearls!

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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