Making candy jewelry with Play-Doh is a fun creative activity that allows you to design edible accessories. Play-Doh is safe and non-toxic, making it perfect for crafting wearable treats. With simple household items, I can make necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more out of Play-Doh.
Selecting the Play-Doh
When making candy jewelry with Play-Doh, the first step is selecting the right Play-Doh. I prefer to use original Play-Doh rather than Play-Doh Plus. The original formula is easier to shape and more pliable. It also retains its shape better than Play-Doh Plus when baked.
Some key factors to consider when choosing Play-Doh include:
Color – Vibrant colors like red, blue, green, and yellow work best. Neutral colors may get lost against skin tones.
Quantity – Buy several cans so you have enough clay for your designs. Sculpting uses a lot of Play-Doh.
Freshness – Make sure the Play-Doh is not dried out. Fresh Play-Doh is soft and pliable.
I like to have at least 4-5 cans of Play-Doh in bright colors on hand when crafting candy jewelry. This gives me plenty of options for mixing and matching colors.
Tools and Supplies
Aside from Play-Doh, I also need some additional craft supplies to make candy jewelry. Here are the main items I use:
Rolling pin – Rolls out flat sheets of Play-Doh for cutting shapes
** silicone molds** – For shaping detailed jewelry pieces like rings, charms, etc.
Cookie cutters – Cut shapes like circles, hearts, stars out of rolled Play-Doh
Plastic knives – Help cut and trim Play-Doh smoothly
Toothpicks – Poke holes for stringing jewelry
Acrylic paint – Decorate baked jewelry pieces
Jump rings – Connect pieces together to form necklaces and bracelets
Beads – Add decorative accents
Twine/cord – String pendants and beads to make necklaces
I like to have a variety of cookie cutters and silicone molds on hand to create different jewelry shapes when making candy jewelry with Play-Doh. Acrylic paint allows me to add color after baking too.
Sculpting the Jewelry
Once I have the right supplies, I can start sculpting my candy jewelry designs. Here are some techniques I use:
Rolling Out Sheets
Using a rolling pin, I roll Play-Doh flat to approximately 1/4 inch thickness. This gives me uniform sheets for cutting basic shapes with cookie cutters.
I dust the work surface lightly with flour or cornstarch so the Play-Doh doesn’t stick. Chilling the Play-Doh for 10-15 minutes helps make it easier to handle when rolling out.
I use cookie cutters to cut shapes like circles, hearts, stars, and flowers out of the rolled Play-Doh sheets. Dipping the cutters in flour prevents sticking.
Alternatively, I cut custom shapes using a plastic knife. Simple geometric shapes like rectangles, triangles, and squares make trendy pendants.
For more detailed charms, I press Play-Doh into silicone molds shaped like animals, symbols, letters etc. Flexible molds make it easy to pop the finished piece out.
I use a toothpick to poke holes for threading cords through pendants and charms.
For bracelets, I roll “snake” cords of Play-Doh and use a toothpick to attach charms directly to the snake chain.
I also join pieces using jump rings to allow movement, like connecting a charm to a necklace chain.
Baking the Jewelry
Once my Play-Doh jewelry designs are complete, I bake them to harden and make them safe to wear. Here are some tips:
Bake at 225°F for 45-90 minutes until hardened. Thinner pieces may bake faster.
Place pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet or baking pan so they don’t stick.
Allow to cool completely before handling.
The Play-Doh will harden when baked but still retain vibrancy of color. Baking time may vary based on thickness and shape.
I like to bake Play-Doh on its own designated cookie sheet, separate from food items.
After baking, I add some finishing touches to complete my candy jewelry pieces:
Paint details using acrylic paint and sealant
Add final embellishments like beads, jump rings, elastic cord
Glue on clasps or ties if needed for securing the jewelry
Apply a gloss sealant for added shine and durability
Then I have beautiful, wearable candy jewelry necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more – all made from Play-Doh!
There are many possibilities when crafting candy jewelry with Play-Doh. Some fun variations include:
Mix colors together for custom shades like purple, orange or black
Shape beads and bake them on toothpicks for lightweight necklaces
Use alphabet letter/number cutters to spell out names or words
Try glow-in-the-dark or metallic Play-Doh for shiny jewelry
Embed small candies like M&Ms into the Play-Doh before baking
Add glitter into the Play-Doh or onto finished pieces for sparkle
Use Play-Doh to make jewelry displays like earring stands and necklace trees
The options are endless when making candy jewelry with Play-Doh! With some simple supplies and techniques, I can create fun customized edible accessories. It allows me to tap into my creativity and make unique jewelry items.