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, because of my recent obsession, but get creative and explore different colors. And if you love your pistachio shell necklace, take it a step further and make a matching bracelet, earrings or anklet.

I’ve worn my necklace quite a few times and absolutely love it! It’s especially great for summer. Follow the steps below to make your very own.

• Pistachio shells (I used 34)
• Small piece of thin cardboard
• Glue gun or tacky glue
• Acrylic paint
• Mod Podge (not pictured)
• 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 and start gluing the shells onto the cardboard, starting with the bottom layer and working your way in.