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Do it Yourself Glue Gun Embellishments! Perfect for Earrings, Charms or other Fun Stuff!

I’m a huge fan of embellishments. I love to use them on bobby pins, picture frames, shoes, purses and even on my nails. However, I hate that I can’t always find what I want. So, I decided to start making my own. There are many techniques that you can use to make them but the easiest (and cheapest) way that I found to do it was with a hot glue gun. I’m going to show you how you can start making your own too.


Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft (usually for clay) mold
  • Non-Stick oil (WD-40 or even a good rub in olive oil will do)
  • Tweezers
  • Paint of your choice (I actually just used nail polish here)

*Just an FYI, I will be showing you how to make your own molds next week so be sure to stay tuned!

The first thing you want to do is choose your mold. If you’ve ever visited a craft store, I’m sure you’ve seen the huge variety that fill the clay aisles. There are several fun ones to choose from so find one that suits you.

Next, heat up your glue gun. While it’s heating, coat your mold in a light layer of oil (or non-stick spray).

Now, grab your glue gun and fill the mold with glue.


Your glue is set when it turns from clear to a cloudy white.


Now, grab your tweezers and use them to gently lift the dried glue out of the mold.


Your dried glue is now your blank embellishment! AWESOME!!

The rest of this project is up to your imagination! Paint your embellishments any color you want. You don’t even have to have special paint to do it. I just used nail polish. 😉


That’s all there is to it!


You can add as much (or as little) detail as you want! You can continue to paint, you can add glitter, you can even add little rhinestones! Your possibilities are endless! And once you’re done, you can use your embellishments on anything your heart desires!

I added mine to a pair of bobby pins. They’re the perfect for helping me keep my hair from looking a mess while I’m growing out a very short cut! I’m sure you all know what that’s like.

I do think a pair of earrings may be up next. 🙂

Don’t be afraid to get your kids involved in this project! I’m sure they’ll love wearing a barrette covered in their paint jobs! Just be sure to do the hot glue gun part yourself.

As always, thanks for reading! Please remember to like, share, tweet, and pin this post!


  1. I was wondering if you could post the DIY for the earrings when you get to do it. Thanks.

    • christina says:

      Hi, Kena! I will certainly put up an earring tutorial. I am going to be showing you how to make your own molds next Friday. I will follow that up with the earring tutorial Sunday. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!


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