Have you ever seen those candy dots? Like the actual candy, or even the scrapbooking embellishments that look like candy dots.They’re cute, right? Now, imagine putting those on your ears…you with me? Today I’m sharing how to make your own enamel dot earrings that look just like those colorful little candies and how to make them in virtually any color you want.
I love the look of them because they’re colorful and simple, but best of all, you can make them yourself for next to nothing with some surprising supplies you probably already have in the house. You can make these with a glue gun (seriously) and any and every color of nail polish you desire! The possibilities really are endless because I have 5960267 colors of nail polish.
- Glue gun + glue sticks
- Nail polish (I used Essie)
- Wax paper
- Earring backs
- Strong clear glue (I suggest E6000)
Lay down a piece of wax paper and heat up the glue gun. Use the glue gun to make 1/2 inch dots on the paper by carefully releasing glue on top of each other and letting it flatten out on its own. If you try to create a spiral with the glue, it won’t create the same dot-like form as if you just let the glue pile on one spot and even out on its own. Make a whole bunch of little dots and let them dry completely before you choose the best ones.
Chances are you’ll need quite a few enamel dots on your wax paper because it takes a couple tries to get the hang of it and create perfect dots, but you’ll get it quickly. It’s always good to have options!
Once dry, paint on one layer of nail polish and let dry completely. Then paint a second coat and let dry again. I found that thinner polishes actually worked better and just required a second coat, which I planned on doing anyway. My favorite was Essie brand nail polish (featured here), but I also used a generic Target brand that worked really well.
Once the nail polish is completely dry, peel the dots off of the wax paper. There may be remnants of the nail polish sticking out from the sides. Carefully peel any of those pieces off with your hands so that the edges are clean. The nail polish may make the dots feel tacky.
Add a dot of clear glue to the middle of the back of the dot and stick down your earring. I used E6000 glue because it’s clear and strong, much like super glue, and it works well for jewelry making in general. I would not recommend using the glue gun because the glue is much too thick. A little bit of E6000 will go a long way. Once the glue has dried, your enamel dot earrings are ready for gifting or wearing!
Because you can make these in any color, they go well with anything and keep your outfit fun and casual. If you make them as a gift, no one will ever believe that you made them yourself – especially using a glue gun and nail polish! Enjoy!