How To Make Your Own 3D Dots!


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Well {HELLO THERE} you amazing reader!  Thanks for stopping by, hopefully we have a pretty amazing trick to show you today.  A few weeks ago I was making some super cute mermaid themed party invitations that needed a special touch.  After cutting the various pieces and looking at the design, I realized that including a 3D element would really add that extra pop… but of course I didn’t have any in my supplies!  Or did I?… How To Make Your Own 3D Dots

So just like all of my fellow crafters, I love adding special touches to my crafts.  {BUT} sometimes the price factor makes you stop and think “Am I going overboard with my embellishments?”  That’s the whole reason I purchased my Silhouette Cameo to begin with, so I can cut my own shapes and make my own embellishments for my crafts.  Now 3D dots (or foam squares) aren’t going to break the bank… but from the words of a very wise man “A penny saved is a penny earned!”

So back to my beautiful mermaid themed invitations and the dilemma of the missing 3D dots.  What was I going to do?  As I am drumming my fingers on my kitchen countertop, I start to pick at some hot glue that had dripped from my glue gun (it’s not like I should use a mat or anything!) and it hit me… I could squeeze a little hot glue onto my seahorses and let it dry!  And an idea was born!

So I assembled the layers of my seahorses and flopped them over to expose their backside.  Two drops of glue later and {TADA}…


I know, it sounds too easy, right?  Well, for once, it is!  Just let them dry and you are good to go!  I used high temp hot glue and created these even little bubbles that offered a little depth.  I image you can also use low temp hot glue, it just might be a little more difficult to create even bubbles since the glue wouldn’t be as viscous.  Once the hot glue was cool, I then applied another small dab of hot glue and adhered my seahorses to my invitations.  How did they turn out?  Take a look for yourself…


I was thrilled with how these turned out!  Another great reason that I love my Silhouette!  I was able to create the entire invitation using the Print & Cut feature!  Interested in a tutorial with a free cut file?  Leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the project list!  We love your feedback, so keep it coming!

Mermaid seahorse invitations from My Paper Craze

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17 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own 3D Dots!

  1. getsilvered April 7, 2014 at 4:35 am Reply

    Brilliant idea! I’ll have to dust off my hot glue gun – if i can find it! Love the invitations too – they look great!

    • mypapercraze April 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm Reply

      Thanks, Pam! Sure appreciate you stopping by! I really enjoyed these invitations, so glad they turned out!

  2. shirley April 8, 2014 at 5:26 am Reply

    I love this idea and it saves a lot of money. Thanks for sharing.

    • mypapercraze April 8, 2014 at 5:40 am Reply

      Thanks Shirley! These crafting supplies can sure add up.

  3. Erlene April 8, 2014 at 6:13 am Reply

    Great idea! Why buy 3D dots if you can make them so easily.

    • mypapercraze April 9, 2014 at 4:17 am Reply

      Thanks Erlene! We try to cut corners whenever we can.

  4. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods April 8, 2014 at 10:45 am Reply

    I hate to be in the middle of my crafting groove and discover there’s one thing I really need to add that special touch. Love that you came up with a great {free} solution! I’m hopping over from Nearly Homemade’s Liebster Award posts. 😉

    ~ Ashley

    • mypapercraze April 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm Reply

      Thanks, Ashley! We love Nearly Homemade, glad to see you do, too! Glad you enjoyed our little project!

  5. Cindy@DIYbeautify April 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Haha, I’ve done this before too when in a pinch 😉 visiting from Work it Wednesday!

    • mypapercraze April 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Cindy! These quick little tips sure do help out from time to time!

  6. Jennifer Johnson April 10, 2014 at 12:29 am Reply

    What a smart idea! I never even thought about that.

    • mypapercraze April 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm Reply

      Thanks, Jennifer! It was a random epiphany! Glad you could stop by!

  7. Sarah April 11, 2014 at 2:22 am Reply

    Awesome idea, so simple! Thanks for sharing, I could use this.

    • mypapercraze April 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm Reply

      Thanks, Sarah! It was a random epiphany, so I hope it helps!

  8. Angela (Life in Velvet)A April 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm Reply

    This is so smart and so much easier than the foam dots! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Have a great week 🙂

  9. Susan April 15, 2014 at 9:18 am Reply

    great idea — and love “random epiphany”!

    • mypapercraze April 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Thanks Susan, that’s usually where my best ideas come from, LOL!

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