Paper Pendants

by Dina Kowal

Layer watercolor paper to create this sturdy charm or embellishment.


  • Heavy watercolor paper (Fabriano Studio Hot Press 140# paper used here)
  • Shaped die (Spellbinders Shapeabilities Tea Pots Etched Dies used here)
  • Liquid glue or matte gel medium (Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue used here)
  • Coloring medium (QoR watercolors and Polychromos colored pencils used here)
  • 1/16” hole punch
  • Nail file
  • Clear varnish or acrylic glaze (Sculpey Gloss Glaze used here)
  • Jump rings, wire and beads (7mm ring, and 8 mm glass bead used here)
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 36” cording (1.5mm black round leather cord used here)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut 3 to 4 images from heavy watercolor paper.

  2. Step 2

    If the image does not have a hole suitable for a jump ring, punch one using a 1/16” punch. Punch one piece at a time, using the first punched hole as a template for the other pieces.

  3. Step 3

    Color one of the die cut pieces (watercolors were used here - try other mediums as well!).

  4. Step 4

    Using a liquid glue or matte gel medium, adhere the die cut pieces together in a stack.

  5. While the glue is wet, curve the piece slightly.

  6. Step 5

    If you have punched holes that need to stay aligned, make sure they do not shift during the shaping. Use a skewer or wire to keep the holes in place (a paper clip was used here).

    Allow the glue to dry completely.

  7. Step 6

    Use a nail file to smooth the edges of the piece.

  8. Step 7

    Give the piece several coats of varnish or clear glaze, allowing each layer to dry before applying another.

    If there are holes in your image, take care to remove excess glaze that may collect there.

  9. Step 8

    Run a jump ring through the hole to create a pendant.

  10. Embellish as desired.

  11. Step 9

    Attach a cord, chain, or other fitting to the piece.

  12. Step 10

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Pendants. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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What a great project! Thanks for sharing Dina.
Roxanne Wall  |  Wed Dec 19, 2018 at 4:41 AM
Such a cute idea!!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Dec 19, 2018 at 7:40 AM
Eeeeeeps! I can hardly wait to try this, Dina!
Bev Gerard  |  Wed Dec 19, 2018 at 9:27 AM
Thanks for sharing this great project Dina! I'll have to try it soon, maybe after Christmas.
Judy Holbrook  |  Wed Dec 19, 2018 at 10:04 AM
What a great idea! So many pretty dies would make great pendants -- going through my stash now!
MelanHelen  |  Wed Dec 19, 2018 at 12:11 PM
Can't wait to Share with my sisters. They will love this. Super idea.
Florence Hershey  |  Sun Feb 10, 2019 at 12:26 AM
Such a neat idea! You could also make earrings, bookmarks, gift toppers, ornaments, key chains, and so other things with different sized dies. I look forward to trying this soon, and posting outcome to the gallery.
vgpeterson  |  Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 6:31 AM
Many people like having lightweight, "arty" pendants like this one. They certainly dress up some plain t-shirts we might have. Thanks for the idea and the logically detailed directions!
wegret  |  Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 6:55 AM

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