Make beautiful storybook pendants for your next birthday party using thrifted books, some glue and some cheap jewellery supplies. You won’t need any fancy or expensive jewellery-making tools to make this simple craft project and you’ll have a beautiful keepsake to share with friends and family.

For ways to tie the knot in your twine use this link (or google ‘how to tie a necklace knot’).


Material

  • 1 vintage children's book - you can get these at any op shop!
  • 5-10 clear mosaic tiles (round or square)
  • 5-10 glue-on bales (bail)
  • 5-10 lengths of bakers twine or leather rope
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pot of clear-drying glue
  • 1 paintbrush
  • 1 superglue

Method

  1. Cut out a selection of images larger than your glass tiles. A good way to do this is place the tile over the image and draw a circle or square about 1cm bigger than the tile, then cut it out.
  2. Paint the back of the glass tile with your clear-drying glue and then carefully place the tile over the part of the illustration you want to capture with the pendant.
  3. Let the glue dry for a good hour or so.
  4. Once dry, trim the edges of the paper with a good pair of small craft scissors. A ruler blade works well here too if you're very careful with the edges.
  5. Glue the bale onto the pendant with the superglue and let dry for another hour.
  6. Thread through your chosen necklace length and you're done! See the notes to find out good ways to tie the length of twine or leather.

Notes... Make a set with a theme by using pictures from the same book. To find the materials look on eBay or Etsy (under supplies) you can find the bales, glass tiles and twine for a very good price. Search for 'Sterling Silver plated glue on bail tear drop bails' and 'clear glass dome' or 'glass clear cabochon' to find the supplies.

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Growing up in Tropical Queensland, Hayley spent half her time on the family boat Lumi and the other half as a barefoot banshee child on a communal property. Hayley wanted to be either an archaeologist or Bette Davis when she grew up. Turns out communications was more her thing.

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