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.
HALLOWEEN SKELETON JEWELRY MADE FROM HOT GLUE
HOW TO MAKE HOT GLUE SKELETON JEWELRY
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!
DIY HALLOWEEN EARRINGS
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.
SKELETON PIN FOR HALLOWEEN
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.
DIY SKULL AND CROSSBONES HAIR CLIP
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.
TIPS FOR MAKING SKELETON JEWELRY WITH HOT GLUE
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 hairdryer 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.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOT GLUE HALLOWEEN JEWELRY
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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
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