Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wooden Pendant Tutorial

Custom necklaces dressed up Mary Ashley and Emma's party dresses for Emma's recent birthday celebration. They were so easy to make and would be a great project to do with girlfriends of any age. My easy tutorial follows.
(1) Purchase wooden discs from the craft store. I used 1.25" squares from Michaels for this project. Use acrylic paints to paint the top and sides of each wooden piece. Above, I painted the sides and top with different colors, just to add an extra detail. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.
(2) Cut scrapbook paper pieces into squares with patterns that coordinate with your painted discs. I used the Cricut Mini to cut 1" shaped squares, but you could cut these by hand or with a punch. Paint the wooded disc with ModPodge, apply the paper square, and top with a second coat of ModPodge.
(3) Allow the paint to dry, and finish the design with a hand-painted monogram and details. Pictured above, instead you can print monograms from the computer and use a small scalloped circle punch to cut out each letter. Apply the monogram with ModPodge, and go over the finished design with ModPodge.
(4) Allow the finished disc to dry completely before finishing the pendant with a silver bail. Find a variety of options on Etsy. Adhere the bail with a strong adhesive, and allow it to dry before slipping the pendant onto a ribbon necklace.
"Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung." ~ William Morris


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