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2009-04-08 Homemade “dew drops” tutorial


My issue of Scrap & Stamp Magazine arrived a few days ago and I saw something so easy in there that I had to try it right away.

It was instructions on how to make homemade “dew drops” I have been seeing these little beauties on cards lately and really like how they look. So of course when I went to a rubber stamp store I looked for them. Holy Cats! $7.95 for a small bottle. So imagine my excitement to find that these could be made from a hot glue gun.

First you’ll need the glue gun; clear sticks of hot glue; and a non-stick craft sheet. Just add the glue drop by drop. They are self leveling; all you need to do is a little twirl as you lift to get rid of any stray glue “strings”
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Just a side note here: I used a HIGH temp. glue gun. I have heard some discussion as to how ladies were having problems with their homemade dew drops and I’ll bet it is because the had a low temp. gun. The higher temp. gives the drop time to level out without hardening with a peak on top.

You can leave them clear OR using alcohol ink color them. Just put the dew drops in a baggie and add a couple of drops of the ink.
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The clear uncolored dew drops are in the background and the alcohol colored drops are dry in seconds.
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I also had some paint on iridescent medium on hand to add a Pearlie sheen to some of my art. So I gave that a try on the dew drops too.
I didn’t think it would stick on the plastic because it was made as a watercolor additive; but it stays on just fine! So now I have pearl dew drops too!
The strip that the pearlie dew drops are sitting on is actually a Zots adhesive strip. Not only did it hold the drops in place while I painted them; but now the drop has an adhesive dot on the back of it so now it’s just peal and stick! How cool is that??
2009-04-08   Homemade dew drops

Edit to add: Ann asked (under a different post; but about the dew drops) about storage after they are made. I put mine in a mini baggie. Nope they don’t stick together at all. It’s just like the glue sticks as you take them out of the bag before using them. They all come right apart.

73 Comments leave one →
  1. 2009/04/08 7:29 am

    I made some of these a few weeks back…try the glitter glue sticks, they are fab!!!

  2. Mary-Jane permalink
    2009/04/08 10:40 am

    Thanks for this wonderful information – always like to save some money – gives more money for stamps!!!!

  3. 2009/04/08 11:32 am

    Very cool!

  4. 2009/04/08 11:37 am

    Very cool and very pretty. I want to make them even though I don’t really have anywhere to put them!

  5. 2009/04/09 8:44 am

    I have seen these made before and have everything to make them myself, jsut haven’t had the time lol. I love the pearl paint idea. Thanks for sharing.

  6. pam permalink
    2009/04/11 12:08 am

    thanks so much for the great tute! I never would have thought of your “work-around” for purchased dew drops! I can’t wait to try it!
    Pam in Northern Illinois

  7. Loretta permalink
    2009/04/19 10:46 am

    I think the teardrops are absolutely lovely. Would I need to heat the bottom of them up toput them on a card?

    • 2009/04/19 6:57 pm

      Loretta, to make the dew drops stick to my cards I have been using a mini glue dot. Look at the last picture above; you can see the strip from the purchased box of “Zots” glue dots.

  8. Kathy permalink
    2009/04/19 10:30 pm

    I made these and had so many strings to cut or sand off it was really a pain – any sugestions?????

    • 2009/04/20 7:26 am

      Kathy, I kept the nose of the glue gun right on top of the dew drop I was creating using a light pressure. release pressure on the trigger; then lift and swirl. I have very few spider webs or strings and the ones that are there easily just bend/break off with my fingers as I pick them up to use them. I also used a high temp glue gun. Hope this helps!

  9. 2009/04/22 5:01 pm

    Wow, that is so neat! I never thought of making my own dew drops with my hot glue gun! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. 2009/05/17 8:34 pm

    Thanks Bonnie for the tip on using the high-heat glue gun. The instructions I had (from the frugal crafter website) had said to use low-heat. I like your pearly drops!

  11. Laura Davis permalink
    2009/07/17 2:09 pm

    OK, I found an entire stash of glue sticks I “inherieted” after my mom passed. Being the pack rat I am (like mother, like daughter) I held onto them thinking someday…. Well, I JUST found something to do with them!

    Thank you so much for the great idea! I’m sure I’ll be burning my fingertips all weekend playing with this! 😉 Now the real question – Do I have a high or low temp gun? Hmmmmm…


  12. 2009/07/30 11:52 am

    You are an absolute genius and your cards are exquisite! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  13. 2009/08/05 10:50 am

    Oh, Bonnie!! This is an incredible project!! I LOVE this kind of brilliant crafting. You are an awesome crafter!

    Thank you for sharing,

    Kathie McGuire

  14. Danielle permalink
    2009/09/05 1:09 am

    This is genius…thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea! I’ll definitely be trying some of these this weekend…thanks again!

  15. Lisa permalink
    2009/09/08 6:43 am

    This is great info! Thanks for showing/sharing!

  16. annie permalink
    2009/09/28 11:17 am

    Hi, Love this idea!! Can you tell me more about your glue gun…….how many watts is it, and do you know what temperature it goes up to?
    I’ve heard they even have dual temp glue guns. What brand is yours?
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. 2009/10/01 11:38 am

    wow thanks Bonnie for those details.
    Hmmm glue gun….now where did I put it…I think mine may be low temp BUT I believe
    that hubbies may be high temp….wonder if I can sneak it wihout him looking
    Hee hee

  18. Kaylee Rife permalink
    2009/10/08 7:53 pm

    I love the homemade dew drops! Thanks for sharing. I have never seen or heard of the Iridescent Medium. Where might I find it?

    I also love your cards. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

  19. Donna permalink
    2009/11/08 1:09 pm

    Thank you so much these are great.

  20. godzoned permalink
    2009/11/08 2:08 pm

    I have a glue gun!
    hmmm now all I need is the alcohol inks 😉

  21. Mandiannie permalink
    2009/11/08 10:01 pm

    Great idea. It gave me the idea to try it with some glitter glue sticks that I have. I’ll see if that work. The could take the place of the stickle drops that I put on my cards.

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  23. 2009/12/28 6:38 pm

    This is brilliant and I can’t wait to try it!! Thanks so much for teaching a new skill.

  24. renee permalink
    2010/02/14 10:29 am

    Awesome site!!!!!!!

  25. Carol permalink
    2010/03/21 1:15 am

    What a fabulous idea . .. I buy the mini glue dots on the sheets; I can create the dew drops and then return the sheets right back into the packages (a great way to recycle the packaging bags!)

  26. 2013/04/02 6:26 pm

    ok, I was so negative about making drops myself but Your way is great 🙂

  27. 2013/10/31 7:10 pm

    Love this tip ! I pined one once about using Glossy Accents to do about the same thing , love how these turned out!TFS


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