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.
Comments & Reviews
Alexis Grace says
Not really my style, but cute for a little girl!
Ms Bibi says
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.
These are really cute, especially as Alexis said, for a little girl.
Very cute! This would make a great little Valentine gift for girls or young teens 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial
Those would be great for a little girl. Love the creativity
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.
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!
Oh very cute!!
Wendys Hat says
Darling darling darling! Love this! Sending love from Vegas Bloggers!
Frugal Ferret says
Sweetheart Earrings — would have never thought of that one.
Make an edible Sweethart necklace to go with it. 🙂
Las Vegas Mama says
What an adorable craft!! Very cool! I am not on Pinterest but if I were, I would totally pin it!
Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories says
So clever!! Pinned this for sure!
Amy Anderson says
Brilliant Carolina! These are so fun. I would try to eat them off someone’s ears.
One of The Wildwomen says
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
Dawn Grobe says
What a cute idea. I’ll bet Ms Bibi could make these with just one heart or as post earrings.
LOL…how fun! I have to make these for my daughter. And me. 🙂
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.
THE SHANZ says
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.
Jaclyn N Lil M says
very cute 🙂 love it!!
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.
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! 🙂
Try it next time 🙂
Love this idea, and thanks for the warning about breakage. I want to give it a try.