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DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

Hi guys! So are we all on the DIY holiday gift train? I’ve got another one today for your stylish sister or best friend — we’re making gold nugget earrings!

Of course, our nuggets are made out of clay and the gold is painted on, but hey — I’ll take it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • sculpting clay
  • sculpting tool or knife
  • earring backs
  • gold paint
  • small paintbrush
  • super glue
DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

Start by cutting off a small amount of clay with a nice flat backside (haha, I said backside). Use your tool to cut angles off of the piece of clay until you’re happy with the shape. Make two of these.

DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

Bake the clay according to the instructions on the package. Let it cool and paint it gold.

DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

Superglue the earring backs to the flat side of the gold nuggets. Let everything dry thoroughly.

DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

This little project comes togetherย reallyย quickly, and would be so easy to make in big batches to give to lots of people! Put them on a cute little card when you give them and watch people be impressed. Make it and give it! xoxo

DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

DIY Gold Nugget Earrings

DIY Gold Nugget Earrings



  1. Yelle on said:

    So cute! I love that you even put them on a geometric backing, perfect to give as a present!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Yelle! I had some extra paper from another project and it ended up being perfect. Glad you like it!

  2. Elaine Costa on said:

    !!! Such a good idea!

    • chelsea on said:

      Awesome Mandy! Make sure you send us a photo if you make them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lela on said:

    Really like these!
    I have stuff called Keramiplast at home. It’s ceramic clay and I guess it would also work out great to make these.

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Lela! I think the Keramiplast sounds like it would work perfectly. Have fun!

  4. Melanie on said:

    Oh, I love this! I’m going to get the materials to make this TONIGHT!

    • chelsea on said:

      Awesome! Send a photo if you do!

        • chelsea on said:

          Oh my gosh, those little lightbulbs are awesome! I love them all. I used the Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding paint in gold.

          • Mel on said:

            Nice! I was a little disappointed in the gold paint I used. I may go back over them with that stuff, it looks like gold leaf! Thanks again for sharing this, so easy!

  5. Cyd on said:


  6. lily on said:

    thx!!!! I made them with silver for my bff and I have a feeling she will love them!!!!!!

  7. Emily on said:

    These are amazingly awesome, and you look beautiful in that last picture! I can’t wait to make them.

  8. Carmen on said:

    Very cute and very simple. Thanks.

  9. Shoko on said:

    these are so cute! and dare i say, i think i could actually make these without messing them up… ๐Ÿ™‚ so good to see you yesterday, chelsito!!

  10. These. Are. Crazy. Amazing! I’ve loved this series and all of your fantastic, unique ideas. Hope to see more how tos in the new year!

    Have a great weekend!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Elena! I definitely have a few cool things up my sleeve for 2013! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Camille on said:

    I shared this DIY in my Holiday DIY round-up today. Lovely!


    • Smykker on said:

      Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚ lovely post

  15. Catie on said:

    What a great DIY! I found it thru Pinterest and just Tweeted it! It’s too good to not share ๐Ÿ™‚

    • chelsea on said:

      Those are awesome Kaylee!

  16. These are so cute! Definitely need to give these a try! Now I am just thinking of all the shapes and options – possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Kay on said:

    Hi there!
    Nice earrings! Like how simple and elegant they are.
    I have been trying my hand at clay earrings too. Isn’t it wonderful how the options are just endless!

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