Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dictionary Pendant Tutorial and Free Printable

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I am addicted to Pinterest!  Oh my gosh I could spend hours just gazing at the amazing ideas and projects posted there.  You can find about a million “pins” of refrigerator magnets made from the little flat floral “marbles” and I have already made a ton of them.  Also all the rage on Pinterest and Etsy is dictionary art.  I set out to make some pendants combining these ideas and although it is not an original idea I thought they turned out pretty cute!


I thought my readers might like to make some as gifts so I thought I would do a quick tutorial to show you how I did them and offer the file I created to make them.

Here are the supplies you will need for this project:


1) The file I provide below printed out on white cardstock

2) Mod Podge (Love this stuff!)

3) 3/4 inch circle paper punch (or you can use scissors but it’s much easier with the circle punch) to cut out the cardstock.

4) Small sponge applicator or paint brush for the Mod Podge

5) Pendant Bails (I bought mine from Ebay from THIS supplier). You can alternately use magnets if you did not want to make pendants.

6) Clear glass flat floral marbles.  The only ones I have found locally that are CLEAR and don’t have a shimmer “luster” on them are at Hobby Lobby.  I know you can also purchase these online at craft supply stores, Ebay, etc.  It’s important that they are clear, I tried the shimmery ones and you can’t really read the words.

7) Hot glue gun or a good strong glue like E6000.  (I used my glue gun.)

Here’s how I created the printable file, in case you would like to make your own definitions:


I bought a dictionary and thesaurus at the Dollar Tree.  I found the words I wanted to use for my pendants and carefully tore the pages from the books so that I could scan them flat (the books were only a buck each so I didn’t feel bad tearing them).  I scanned them and brought them into Photoshop where I cut out the sections I wanted with a circular marquis.  I added a brownish overlay layer style to make the paper look aged and “circled” the word in red.


I then duplicated the discs a bunch of times on a blank 8.5 x 11 document and made similar discs from the other words.  When I was finished I printed the file on cardstock on my inkjet printer.


Then I used my paper punch to punch out the discs.  You probably already know this but I’m a bit slllllooooooowww and it took me several tries before I figured out if I hold the punch upside down and open the little door thingy, it is easy to center your punch so you get a perfect cut.


Once you have your circles cut our or punched take your little sponge and dab a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the flat side of the glass marbles.


Then just stick your cut-outs onto the back of the marble and allow the Mod Podge to dry.  It will dry clear so don’t worry if your marbles look cloudy at first.


When the Mod Podge is dry, use your glue gun or jewelry glue to glue the bails on the back of the paper. Easy Peasy!


I really like how they turned out.  I hope you like them and try them yourself!




Download the Dictionary Pendant File (.jpg) HERE (DL)

or HERE (


Gail said...

LOVE this idea - thank you so much! Your pendants look amazing!

Natasha (alohacowgirl) said...

What a cool idea! I'm definitely going to try these out. My teenage daughters will love them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Love it. :)

Gente de Massinha said...

Hi Deb. Now i think my gift list is done :D Thank you and please excuse my bad english, Pat

Stacey said...

What a great idea! thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Janet said...

What a fabulous idea! Love the tutorial!

Hot Pink Pansy said...

I'm going to make these. Thanks so much for all the great info. You rock!

Michelle said...

This is such a cute idea--thanks for sharing your images!

Traci said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the already-done file...and I'm off to create even more.

belle007 said...

Fabulous! they look gorgeous. Thanks very much.

Lisa said...

Oh I sooooo love Pinterest too! So many wonderful ideas!

Lisa said...

Oh I sooooo love Pinterest too! So many wonderful ideas!

Stephenie said...

Looks like fun! Thank you!

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Hi Deb! I'll try this out. I'll have this as gifts to my friends and soon out lot will be called The Walking Dictionary. Kidding! But this is really cool. Thanks!

RoseAddict said...

Thanks! I've been making magnets for a few years, using glass pebbles from DollarTree (love that store!) but never thought of doing pendants. I'm going to try that next.

Kim said...

Very clever idea.

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I love the idea. It is also one way to not forget special words and enhance vocabulary.

Phanti said...

What an awesome and adorable little gift idea! I'm heading out tomorrow to go get supplies. I think that I will try both the pendants and magnets. Also, I came across an old gardening catalogue the other day with small pictures of different flowers. I'm going to make some with roses, tulips and other flowers on them too!

Crystalnva said...

LUV THESE also wanna try using these on some bigger round flat glass pieces & add a magnet for the frige....I keep hearring alot about pinterest is that only for twitters

Ryan Abate said...

you can try different options with this not just the dictionary cut outs. you can have a picture in there (maybe) of your child, pet, etc. But you may want to check if the floral marbles does not distort the images (unless you are targeting some funny faces). this can also be used as a name tag. this project is so diverse, i'm itching to try it now.

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Mags said...

We've done these with the larger 1" marbles and our kids' photos. Gave a set of 6 to all of the grandparents one year for Christmas. :) Elmer's glue actually works just as well for gluing the photos to the glass beads and it dries (mostly) clear too!

Alex D Man! said...

how bout a charm on a bracelet? glue the marbles back to back perhaps. just a thought..

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Ryan Jay said...

This is attention grabbing. One idea playing in my head is a haiku. Create one for a special person perhaps and use it for the pendant. It’s short so it can fit in the floral marble. If there are bigger sizes for these marbles all the better. It’s a great gift idea- especially on anniversaries- if you ask me.

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Olga Wright said...

wow! very amazing . where did you get this idea? very brilliant idea! am going to try this one. thanks for sharing!

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Dawn said...

Fabulous idea - thank you! And thanks for the clear instructions!

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Mags said...

We used this idea and made magnets instead of necklaces - glued the heavy magnet dots to the back and used old (small-patterned) scrapbook paper as the image. We also printed out our kids' photos and did magnet sets of those. They were very cute gifts to the grandparents and family from my kids. :)

Heather D. said...

Awesome tutorial! Thank you!!! Looks like a fun craft to do...and so versatile too! Definitely a keeper :-)

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