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!
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