DIY Cotton Candy Earrings

Hey everyone! Here I am again, ending your week in the sweetest way possible ๐Ÿ˜‰ These super cute cotton candy earrings are such a fun way to show off your love for the most delicious candy around ๐Ÿ˜‹

I got the idea to make these after I saw a pair of similar earrings for way too much $$$ than I would ever spend on a piece of jewellery, then I thought to myself: why don’t I just make my own? – and the rest is history! โ˜บ๏ธ

If you’re looking for more ways to show the world you’ve got the biggest sweet tooth ever, then this project would is PERFECT for you, and it’s quite an easy one as well! Remember our motto here at The Small Adventurer: if we can do it, so can you! Now, onto the creating ๐Ÿ’•

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โ™ก Two cotton balls
โ™ก Water and white vinegar
โ™ก Pink food colour
โ™ก Hot glue gun
โ™ก Four jump rings
โ™ก Two short chains, about 5cm long
โ™ก Two silver earrings hooks
โ™ก White foam sheet
โ™ก Pink marker and scissors
โ™ก Two pairs of pliers or tweezers
โ™ก Sewing pin (optional)


1. Place a few tablespoons of water into a bowl with a teaspoon of white vinegar. Add a few drops of your pink food colour, then submerge your cotton balls in the liquid.

2. Wait at least 10 minutes, then take your cotton balls out, wrap them in paper towel, and squeeze out any liquid. Leave to dry for at least an hour; I left mine overnight. Once your cotton balls have dried, very carefully start to gently tug at their sides to puff them back out until they are round again.

3. Using your pliers or tweezers, open up one of your jump rings, and run it through the loop on the bottom of one of your earring hooks, then close it again. Do the same to your other earring hook with a second jump ring.

4. Get one of your earring hooks and one of your short chains. Re-open the jump ring you just attached to the earring, and place the end loop on your chain to the jump ring as well, then close it once again. Do the same for your second earring and chain.

5. Open up your third jump ring and attach it to one of your short chains, on the opposite end to your earring hook. Do the same for your last jump ring and your second chain.

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6. Cut out two small triangles from your white sheet foam. The cotton balls are going to cover about half of it, so make sure that the triangles you cut out are big enough to fit half a cotton ball on top, and still be able to be seen at the bottom. Once you’ve cut them out, draw horizontal pink lines on both of them!

7. If you’ve got a sewing pin on hand, stab a hole at the very top of your two foam triangles, which is the shortest side. If you don’t have a sewing needle, just move on to the next step.

8. Re-open up the last two jump rings that you just attached to your chains, one at a time, and thread them through the very top (ie: the shortest side) of your triangle. If you were able to make a hole beforehand with a sewing needle this will be a lot easier, but I did one earring without creating a hole beforehand, so it IS possible! Once you’ve thread the jump ring through the foam, close it up once again, and do the same for the second earring.

9. Heat up your hot glue gun, then cover the top half of one of your foam triangles with glue, and stick one of your cotton balls down. You want to press down to ensure that it sticks to the glue, but not too hard or you might touch the glue with your hands! Repeat for the second cotton ball and the second foam triangle. Wait for the glue to set, aaaaaand…

You’re done! How freaking CUTE are these?! ๐Ÿ˜  These would be PERFECT to wear to a carnival, or a show. The Royal Melbourne Show is just around the corner for us Melburnians and if I go, I’ll be sure to wear these cuties on the day โ˜บ๏ธ

Tell me: are you a big fan of cotton candy? Or “fairy floss”, as we call it here in Australia ๐Ÿ˜œ Fairy floss, fairy bread, I guess we just like our magical beings over here, which I am not going to complain about โœจ

Until next time,
Indya xx

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40 thoughts on “DIY Cotton Candy Earrings

  1. @thesmalladventurer- These are SO adorable!! I love how intricate they are! Do you have a price estimate for making these?


    • It really depends on where you live, as most my readers aren’t from Australia like me. A sheet of white foam shouldn’t be too much from any craft store, neither should the cotton balls – which you can often find in first aid kits, if you already have one of those. The food colour might be a little more expensive, although mine only cost $1.10. You’ll also need a small amount of white vinegar and a marker to draw on the lines, which shouldn’t be too much.

      The most expensive parts might be the hot glue gun – although mine only cost $7 – and the earring hooks and chain. You can get them for a few dollars online, but if you have sensitive ears and want to ensure they’re made from a specific metal, you might need to pay a bit more. With all of that in mind, these probably cost around $15 to make, but you’re left with a lot of products and tools that can be reused for other crafts as well ๐Ÿ˜Š

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