Did you know you can make your own jewelry elements using hot glue? All you need is a silicone mold and some big glue sticks. I grabbed a Halloween mold from the dollar store to create several pieces of skeleton jewelry from hot glue.
I am sharing this project as part of another round of Craft Lightning. This month is a very special Craft Lightning since our hot glue crafts are celebrating the release of Angie and Carolina’s NEW BOOK! These two amazing ladies teamed up to write Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts: 50 Fun and Creative Decor, Fashion, Gift and Holiday Projects to Make with Your Glue Gun. You can click on that affiliate link to buy the book in paperback or Kindle versions or look for it at your local craft or bookstore. You might even find a project from Yours Truly in there!
Watch this short video to see how you can make four different pieces of Halloween jewelry quickly and cheaply! I have TONS of creative videos on my YouTube channel. Go check them all out and subscribe!
Use the skeleton hands to make a pair of spooky skeleton earrings for Halloween. By heating up trimmed eye pins with a lighter, you can easily insert them into the hot glue. This makes creating the dangly earrings super quickly.
Just add a dollop of hot glue to the back of one of the hands or feet and add a pin back to create a quick piece of Halloween flair.
I used a white paint marker to highlight the details of the skeleton’s ribcage. You could also use Sharpies, craft paint, or puffy paint (I recommend this glow-in-the-dark variety) instead. I added a flat-backed pin to this piece to create a Halloween brooch.
This hair clip may be my favorite of the bunch. I used the skull mold and the four bones to create an adorable skull and crossbones clip. Finally, I used a black Sharpie to bring out the details of the skull. You could turn this piece into a statement necklace by adding eye pins to the ends of the top two bones and adding it to a chain.
I was able to make all these pieces with a dollar store ice cube mold and some hot glue!
Some tips for creating molded hot glue pieces:
- I prefer to use high-temp glue, as it gives you longer working time before the glue hardens.
- Using the extra-long glue sticks reduces the number of times you have to re-load the glue gun.
- Fill one mold cavity with hot glue then let your gun sit for a bit before moving on to the next cavity. This allows the gun to melt a larger amount of glue so you have more to work with at once.
- Make sure to aim the glue gun into all the small crevices of the mold to ensure your final piece has all the detail you want.
- If you have trouble removing the hardened hot glue from the mold, heat the bottom of the silicone mold with a hair dryer or heat gun for a few seconds.
- Try using specialty hot glue for more variety. You can find colored hot glue, glittery hot glue, and even glow-in-the-dark hot glue online.
Obviously, this same technique would work with any kind of silicone mold, not just this skeleton mold. I created faux succulents for this mini wreath using a silicone mold meant for fondant. You can get the full tutorial for this project in the Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts book.
Check out all the projects being shared for this round of Craft Lighting. Don’t forget to order your own copy of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts today!
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- Glue gun
- Large high temp glue sticks
- Skeleton mold: Dollar Store or Amazon
- Jewelry findings
- Pin backs
- Alligator clips
- Jewelry pliers