Today is a very special day, and not just because it’s Friday. It’s National Donut Day! Being that donuts are one of the best foods ever invented, this is a holiday worth celebrating. You can probably find me waiting in line for hours just for a free donut today (except, sadly, I have to work). In my opinion, every day should be donut day. Anyone else?
Since I can’t spend all day eating donuts, I’m sharing how to make donuts (kind of). I’m sharing how to make clay donut earrings, which are cute, but unfortunately you can’t eat them…sorry to spoil that for ya!
These are super easy to make and I only wrote the time as 20 minutes because you have to wait out some baking and dry time for several layers of paint. Anyone can make these, and the supplies are very inexpensive, so they make really great gifts for the donut lovers in your life.
- Polymer clay
- Cup or rolling pin
- 1-inch circle cutter (I used a piping tip)
- Brown paint
- Pink paint
- Multiple colors of paint (for the sprinkles!)
- Fine tip paint brushes
- E6000 glue
- Stud earring hardware (2 pins, 2 backs)
- Clear spray paint (optional)
First thing, preheat the oven to about 275 degrees (or whatever the package of clay says). I’ve attempted this in my toaster oven, and I must admit it’s not the same thing. Even if it’s crazy hot outside, you still need to use the oven. Roll out a small amount clay with a cup or rolling pin until it is about 1/8 inch thick (use your best judgment).
Then cut two 1-inch circles out of the clay. Use what you have! I actually used a small piping tip to cut mine to the size I wanted. I wouldn’t recommend using larger than an inch or you will have some pretty big earrings, and any smaller would make them very difficult to make. Use a straw to create the center hole, poking it as close to the center as you can. Bake the circles for about ten minutes or until the clay is hard to the touch.
Let it cool and paint each with a coat of brown paint, making sure to get inside of the donut hole too. Let dry and paint a second coat. Then squiggle some light pink paint around it to make the frosting, let dry and paint a second coat. Lastly, use a really fine tip paint brush to create different colored sprinkles (I used five different colors). Let them dry completely, and I’d suggest spraying the painted clay with a clear coat of spray paint to seal them.
Finally, use E6000 glue (I find that it works great for jewelry making) to secure the earring stud to the back of the clay donut. Part of the reason you want the 1-inch donut is so that the earring stud isn’t visible from the front (since there’s obviously a hole in the middle). Give the glue time to dry, and your clay donut earrings are ready to wear! Wear them around or give them away as a cute homemade gift. Happy crafting!