By now, you should know that easy DIY projects are kind of my thing. I like projects and crafts, but I’m not particularly good at them. So, we tend to keep things as simple as possible, like when we painted kitchen spoons or made coasters from bath tiles.
For this month’s project at BBJ, I knew I wanted to do something in 3D. When I saw a way to make 3D dots using glue and acrylic paint, I figured that was a project I could do!
DIY 3D Colored Glue Dots
We’ve had this sign/frame since my daughter Bo was a baby. I never had anything to go in it before. I decided that glue dots would make the perfect centerpiece for this empty frame.
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks (I used about 6 mini sticks)
- Wax paper
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Frame or blank canvas/paper/whatever you want to use
Spread out a piece of wax paper onto a table. I used aluminum foil because we didn’t have wax paper, and it was a disaster. Don’t do that. I think I might try greasing the paper before placing the dots next time. If you try it with a greased surface, let me know if it works.
Heat the glue gun and once the glue is hot, squeeze a small amount onto the paper until it reaches the desired size. I had best results when I sort of wiggled the tip of the hot glue gun in a circle. When the glue was really hot, it was easier.
After the dots harden, remove them from the paper and paint the back with your chosen colors. I found that similar colors don’t look different when viewed through the top of the dots, so make sure to use colors that are drastically different. I decided on a design by drawing it freehand on paper, then filling it in with dots. Using the design, I could then determine how many dots in a certain color I needed.
Once the paint is dry, glue them to your chosen background. When the glue is dry, hang your finished art piece!
Monkey and Bo were happy with the new art piece in their room, and I was happy it turned out as well as it did considering the quality of my first dots.
I kind of want to cover everything in glue dots now. It was a lot of fun! I could see a glue dot picture frame looking super cute!