Sweetheart Candy Dangly Earrings

This is the perfect craft for anyone who DOESN’T have a sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Just grab yourself a 50-cent box of Sweetheart candies, your favorite electric drill, and drill to the heart of the matter. In the process, you’re sure to break a heart or two… but you’ll have some sweet desserts when the project is complete!

Though the process for making these earrings is pretty straight-forward, the technique is not. Drilling a hole through the center of a hardened-sugar candy is not for the easily frustrated. I broke more candies than I successfully drilled. It took 2 boxes of candies for me to get enough color duplicates to make a set. It was an exercise in patience… but I think worth the time.

I started out with 2 boxes of Sweethearts Candy Hearts, a bottle of Mod Podge Hard Coat, and jewelry making supplies (round-nose pliers, clippers, earring hooks, 2 headpins, 4 eyepins), paintbrush, drill with a 1/16 drill bit, and lots of patience.

Β The first step was to drill the candies. I put my electric drill on the table, so it would stand on its own. I put a candy between the thumb and forefinger of my left hand, held it firm and steady against the drill bit, and used my right hand to operate the drill. This might have been a little dangerous. Use any and all safety precautions when operating tools.
There were quite a few candies that were sacrificed in the making of these earrings. Some broke immediately, some chipped, and some snapped at the very end. To minimize breakage, start on one side, drill halfway, then stop. Reverse the drill direction, and remove carefully. Turn the candy over, and repeat for the other side. You’ll know you’ve broken through to the hole on the other side, because you will feel less resistance. Again, reverse the drill direction, and back the drill out.
After you’ve put holes through enough candies, it is time for the slightly-less-frustrating part. Adding the Mod Podge Hard Coat. This will add a seal to the candies, making them more resilient. Even so, I wouldn’t put these earrings on with wet hair… just in case.
When applying the Mod Podge to the top of the candies, add a quick, thin coat in one pass. If you go back over the wet Mod Podge, the ink on the candy will smear. Also, if the Mod Podge is too thick, it can cause the ink to smear or run. And runny ink is not cute.
I put on two coats, on the front, back, and sides. After each coat, I blew into the holes to keep them clear of any Mod Podge buildup, and let the candy dry before adding the second coat.
Once the candies had their second coat, and were mostly dry, it was time to add the hardware. I’m not a jewelry-making expert, but here are the parts I used.
I started with the bottom candy, threading the headpin through from the bottom. Using round-nosed pliers, I curved the top down. You want to be really careful here, because too much pressure could cause your candy to crack… which would be really frustrating this far into the project.
I clipped down the length of the headpin, added an eyepin, and then curled the headpin the rest of the way with the round-nosed pliers. I did the same with the next candy, and then the last candy, adding the earring wire at the top.
And here they are all finished and ready to wear!


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  1. Not really my style, but cute for a little girl!

  2. Very creative.I don’t wear long earring (unless my kids make them then I am obligated by moms code,lol),but I know lots of ladies and girls that would proudly sport these on Valentine’s Day.

  3. These are really cute, especially as Alexis said, for a little girl.

  4. Very cute! This would make a great little Valentine gift for girls or young teens πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tutorial

  5. Those would be great for a little girl. Love the creativity

  6. You do realize that, if you did not put the Mod Podge over the candies, you could wear them and actually end up with someone to give a Valentine’s gift to, next year! This falls under the category of using pizza sauce for your perfume. What a great idea this was in I believe you when you say that it takes patience and persistence. Well done. Come visit when you can.

  7. OMG! great minds think a like! I just mod podged some sweetheart candies for a future jewelry project! I love how your earrings turned out!

  8. Oh very cute!!

  9. Darling darling darling! Love this! Sending love from Vegas Bloggers!

  10. Wow Carolina!

    Sweetheart Earrings — would have never thought of that one.

    Make an edible Sweethart necklace to go with it. πŸ™‚

  11. What an adorable craft!! Very cool! I am not on Pinterest but if I were, I would totally pin it!

  12. So clever!! Pinned this for sure!

  13. Brilliant Carolina! These are so fun. I would try to eat them off someone’s ears.

  14. I might suggest using a pair of pliers with a piece of fabric to hold the heart while drilling..I’ve learned a lot by mistakes…my husband won’t watch when I use power tools….what we do for crafting!! lol

  15. What a cute idea. I’ll bet Ms Bibi could make these with just one heart or as post earrings.

  16. LOL…how fun! I have to make these for my daughter. And me. πŸ™‚

  17. Great post! I had bookmarked it for reference and just made some pairs tonight to give as teacher gifts. A couple of pointers for those who are nervous about the drilling – I used a small plastic clamp from the hardware store to hold my candy, then held the clamp in one hand and the drill in the other. Much safer and no chance of injury that way. Also, I had bought a bunch of brands of hearts – including a box of Spanish ones – and I noticed that the Brachs brand hearts are much thicker than the original Necco ones. So go for those if you are worried about breakage – with the thicker ones I did not have any hearts break, with the thinner Necco ones I had similar sacrifices as Carolina.

  18. Great tutorial. Although, if one had access to a vice – I’d put cloth on the jaws, and then drill, slowly allowing the drill to naturally pull down, not forcing it down. Thanks for the very creative idea – I know two young girls who will LOVE these as gifts in the very near future.

  19. very cute πŸ™‚ love it!!

  20. Question, I saw this yesterday and I don’t know wouldn’t clear nail polish work also

    • Clear Nail Polish might work – you just have to test with what you have on hand. I haven’t tried it, but I can’t think of any reason that it would not. You still would have to be very careful when you put the nail polish over the writing, so that it doesn’t smudge.

  21. Bittersweetcupcake says

    It would’ve been a million times easier if you’d just dip them in Ice Resin and then drill a hole in them. Takes 2 minutes and I assure you, none would break once coated in resin. The drilling would’ve been a piece of cake! AND, they’d last forever, literally! Wet hair, dry hair, you could even swim wearing those earrings! πŸ™‚
    Try it next time πŸ™‚

  22. Love this idea, and thanks for the warning about breakage. I want to give it a try.


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