Looking for a unique DIY gift idea for the holidays or a craft night with friends? Here is an easy way to make beautiful layered paper jewelry!
Make something special for your friends and relatives! It is that special time of year for those of us that love to create. This is Suzy from Suzy’s Sitcom, and I would love to show you how to make unique Layered Paper Jewelry Pendant! It is not only fun to make, but you can personalize it too!
Making layered paper gemstones is simple and the color choices are endless. Create beautiful unique jewelry by adding layers of colored paper, and then sanding them down to a smooth finish. This is a great project for this time of year. Sit down with a warm beverage, a pair of scissors, paper, and watch a fun movie while you create awesomeness!
How to Make Layered Paper Jewelry
This project works best using paper card stock or construction paper. Choose and experiment with lots of colors for unique looks!
I made layered paper jewelry necklaces. But you can also turn these into creative earrings just by changing the shapes and attaching earring hooks.
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What you need:
- Card Stock or Construction Paper
- White Glue
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Leather Necklace Cords
- Jewelry Bails
- Letter Stickers
Craft/DIY Tools Needed:
1. Begin by cutting the paper to size
Decide what size you would like your pendant to be and begin cutting several squares or rectangles of colored paper to that size. Use the white glue to add a thin layer of glue to the bottom paper (making sure to go to the edges of the paper), then place another square of paper on top.
2. Add more layers of paper
Add more layers of colored paper, decreasing the size as you go. Be sure to add a thin layer of white glue to each layer going to the edges. Gently push the paper down and wipe off any excess glue from the edges as you go.
3. Make each layer smaller than the last
Keep adding layers of paper until your paper gemstone is the size and thickness that you would like. There is no wrong way to do this. Layers do not have to be perfect as you will be sanding it out later. I wanted to add an initial to mine, and stopped when the top layer was the right size for the initial.
4. Allow the glue to dry
It takes about one hour for the white glue to dry enough so that the pendant is ready for sanding.
5. Sand the edges
Use a nail file to sand the edges of your layered paper gemstone. Sand the layers smooth, rounding the corners down. The more you sand, the more the layers of paper will show up.
6. Finish the jewelry
Wipe down each layered paper gemstone to get off any extra paper dust.
Add an initial sticker to the top, and then carefully add drops of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the top and sides of each layered paper gemstone. (Do not shake the Dimensional Magic as it will result in bubbles). This will add a shiny, hard coating to each piece of layered paper jewelry.
Allow the Dimensional Magic to dry thoroughly for about 2 hours before going to the final step.
Use the E6000 glue to glue on a bail. Allow to dry and then add the lanyard.
Each piece of layered paper jewelry will be entirely unique! It is fun to experiment with different colors, shapes and layers. These DIY pendants are a perfect, unique gift idea!
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Suzy has a background in fine art, graphic design and photography. She created Suzy’s Sitcom in 2010 as a way to document new and original art and craft ideas. Her website features arts, crafts and humor, with a specialty in vintage and recycled crafts, quilting and sewing. Suzy, her husband and two dogs are full time travelers, living in their RV as they experience the country one campsite at a time. Many of her projects are influenced by the area that they are currently exploring and the people that they meet.
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