More crafts in the Handmade Holidays series.
You can easily create fun, one-of-kind pendants for necklaces using inexpensive glass tiles and scrapbook paper. They also make great gifts that can be personalized by finding a paper design that matches the interests or favorite colors of recipients. Once you get started, you may come up with some other uses for the tiles.
Glass Tile Pendants
Clear glass tiles (they come in various shapes and sizes)
Scrapbook or other heavy cardstock paper
White craft glue, or Diamond Glaze or Crystal Accents (available at Mangelsen's)
Mod Podge (I used the matte version)
Necklace chain, cord or ribbon
Small charms or glue-on, flat-back crystals for embellishment
Adhesive-backed magnetic tape
Place the tile on top of the paper and position it so you can visualize how the finished design will look.
Trace around the tile with a pencil. Cut out the paper design slightly inside the lines.
Put a small dot of the adhesive on the back of the glass tile. Spread the glue with a paintbrush or your finger, or use the paper itself to cover the tile with glue.
Glue the paper to the tile, design side up. Let dry.
Once the tile is dry, apply Mod Podge to the paper on the back to seal and protect it. Make sure the edges are sealed with the Mod Podge, too. Let dry.
Apply a small drop of E-6000 adhesive to the flat part of the glue-on bail. Glue to pendant so that the loop sticks out above the pendant.
Once the bail has dried, add your neck chain. Silk cord, ribbon, waxed linen or any pre-made chain or neck piece will work as long as it's small enough in diameter to fit through the loop of the bail.
You can embellish the surface of the tile by gluing on small charms or flat-back, glue-on crystals.
Difficulty: 3 out of 4