Paper Mache Flower Pendant

If you have already made the paper mache recipe, this is a very simple project.Finished necklace

In addition to the paper mache you will need:

  • pressed flowers (mine came from Michaels, you can also dry your own)
  • paint (I used acrylic)
  • white glue
  • Mod Podge
  • pendent bail
  • ribbon
  • clasp
  • needle and thread

Make a disk the size you want for your pendent out of the paper mache.  I like something that is not perfectly round, but if you want it perfect, you can use a template and cut it to the shape you want (or use a small cookie cutter if you have one). Put it into the oven at 200 degrees (F) and just keep checking it until it’s done (hard!).

Painted disk, flower and unpainted disk

I let the paper mache disk sit overnight before I put several coats of paint on both sides.  I discovered that it then got somewhat rubbery!  I supposed it was because it absorbed some water from the paint, so I popped it back into the oven on 200 (F) again until it firmed back up.  Just as an aside, I had actually made several disks, and I left the others out overnight to see if they also firmed up, but they did not, so I put them in the oven the next day and they were fine.  So, if yours soften up after painting, don’t panic, just redry them.

Select a dried/pressed flower that will fit onto your disk, once the paint is dry.    Once you decide where you want it placed, smear a light coating of white glue with a tooth pick on the back of the flower and place it on the front of the disk.  When the glue has dried (it won’t take long) you can put a couple of coats of Mod Podge over the flower to protect it and give it a little shine.  Glue flower to paper mache disk

When the Mod Podge has dried thoroughly, glue the pendent bail on the back of the disk.  If you make a lot of jewelry you probably have them on hand (I did) but if not, you can order them online, or buy them at a craft store.  I only mention this because I remember being at a loss as to where to find them the first time I made a necklace, because I had no idea what they were called!

As you can see from the photos, this is also very “organic” looking.  You could certainly make it much smoother by working the paper mache and smoothing out the ridges and wrinkles more (if only that worked with our skin!)  I like the natural look, personally.

Close up of pendent bail

When the bail has dried you are ready to put your ribbon through and attach the clasp.  I decided to sew it on, although there are probably different ways to attach them.  As you can tell, I am not a very professional jewelry maker.  I decided the length for the necklace (I like them a choker length) and then put the ribbon through the bail, folded one end, and stitched it.  I repeated on the other side and viola!

Other than making the paper mache itself, this was easy.  I think would be a fun project even for kids.  In fact, it might make a really cute Mother’s Day gift!  And I think Dad could help with it.  🙂

Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    Very colourful and you did make something, well done, think we all get the unable to complete mode at times, thank you for sharing

    • Susie says:

      Thank you for stopping by. You’re right, sometimes the brain just says….nope, lets look at TV and not think! 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    How beautiful, what lovely colours. Great for this time of year.
    Happy Monday x
    Rebecca

    • Susie says:

      Thank you. It’s been a crazy week! And it’s been awful weather, rain, storms etc. At least that means summer is on the way!

  3. Very pretty! I did not know you could Mod Podge a pressed flower – will have to try that! Nancy

  4. Wow, lovely and colourful, just in time for summer. Well done you for getting back into the swing of things

    • Susie says:

      Thank you. I am very behind on getting to everyone else’s blog. I spent the week on the Golden Retriever Rescue photos and just finished today. It was a HUGE project, and I feel terrible. I will be getting around to everyone tho. I am usually not so derelict.

  5. Kat says:

    This is once again a great idea. I wonder if you ever tire of finding cool stuff to make 😉 Truly a lovely make and as usual something I will have to find time to have a go at at some point in the not too distant future.

    • Susie says:

      The truth is, my biggest fault is I get bored doing the same thing over and over. So, this suits me best, finding new things. I will probably revisit things after awhile, maybe with a new twist, or if it’s long enough maybe something the same or similar. But, it makes it hard to ever get really great at one thing… 🙂 I hope if you do something like this you will remember to send me a pic!

  6. What a fun piece! 🙂

  7. LDSVenus says:

    You are very creative with that paper mache – awesome ideas! 🙂

  8. Dreamstar - Lisa says:

    I always leave your blog til last on Handmade Monday as i know it will be a detailed,new,great project and once again you havent disappointed. Love the colours and the use of pressed flowers. I, personally would have to have a perfect circle but then i’m weird like that!!
    Good to see you back x

    • Susie says:

      I think more people are probably like you than me. And sometimes I probably would like it to be nice and round (or square, etc). I was thinking…..I have some cute little heart shaped cutters that would probably make adorable little pendants……

      Anyway, thank you, you say the nicest things! And you make awesome stuff, so I’m honored you like my mess!

  9. Lau W says:

    I’m always speechless when i see handmade jewels, love that ! Yours is beautiful ! excellent work my dear friend !

    • Susie says:

      You are always so sweet. I got so busy with the Golden Retriever photos this week, I have neglected my blog! Thank you.

  10. Mrs A. says:

    Love the flower pendant. Now where do I find the recipe for the paper mache please? Your ramblings are certainly not boring looking forward to seeing what you produce with the plastic water bottles. My mind is sizzling!!

    • Susie says:

      Glad you liked it. I have been making more beads this week for my Great Niece, and discovered some new paint colors. 🙂 Still ruminating on the water bottles, I need a heat source as I don’t want to do them inside the house for concern about fumes. The paper mache recipe is here: http://eatitanyway.com/make-it-2/crazy-little-paper-beads/ (I put it at the very top of the page, but you probably missed it). It’s the bead blog. It is a little time consuming to make because you have to cook it, but it will last in the fridge for awhile and you can make a number of things with it. 🙂 I would love to see what you make!

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