Glass Pendant Necklaces Tutorial

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Easy. Cheap. Adorable. How can you pass up something like this? I found places online where they sold the tutorials on how to make these glass pendant necklaces. Here’s mine for free. If you make something using this tutorial, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.


  • paper
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • cutting board
  • glass tiles* (rectangular, circular, or square shapes available)
  • bails* (I used aanraku small size)
  • clear glue (I used Diamond Glaze. Mod Podge will work too, just not as well.)
  • super glue or E6000
  • toothpick
  • wax paper
  • ball chains, ribbons, necklaces
  • paper towels

*glass pendants and bails can be found pretty much anywhere online… Amazon, Etsy supplies, etc. I have also found bails at craft stores.

1. Using the exacto knife, cutting board, and ruler, cut your papers to the size of your glass tiles. I prefer to cut my papers slightly smaller than the tiles (about 1mm shorter all the way around). I had squared tiles, so I rounded the corners of my paper a bit to fit the tiles better. You can use just about any kind of paper, although tissue paper may be to thin and transparent. Suggestions: magazine pages, scrapbook paper, origami paper, cardstock.


2. Clean the glass tiles with a slightly damped paper towel or cloth. Allow to dry completely.

clean glass

3. Lay a sheet of wax paper over your work space, the glue doesn’t stick to it. If your glass tile has a frosted side, you will want the paper to glue to the frosted side. Apply a layer of Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge to the frosted side of the glass tile. Gently place the paper onto the glue with the designs facing down. (The polka dots in the picture below is the back side of my pendant. The design is on the other side of paper.)

4. Quickly wipe off excess glue with toothpick and dry paper towels. Turn the tile over and press down on the glass tile hard to allow the layer of glaze to even out. Allow to dry completely, approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

paper to glass

5. Working on the back side of the pendant again, put another layer of glaze over the back of the paper to seal it. If you are using the Diamond Glaze, you will only have to do this once. If you are using Mod Podge, you will need to use a brush and do a few coats allowing drying time between coats. I also applied glaze on the sides of the paper to protect the edges. Use a toothpick and paper towel to wipe off excess glaze or glue. Also use the toothpick to pop any air bubbles in the glaze. Let it completely dry, approximately 5-6 hours or longer.

seal backing

6. Once it dried, clean off any excess glue anywhere on the glass tile with a lightly damped paper towel or carefully scratch it off with finger nails.

7. Glue bails to the back of the pendants at the top. Make sure you check your designs and note which side you would like to have as the top of the pendant. If you use super glue, apply a small amount of the glue to the back of the tile and the bail. Work quickly as it dries fast. You will also need to get it right the upon first contact because super glue doesn’t allow much time for adjustments. If you use E6000, squeeze a pea size onto wax paper. Then use a toothpick to apply a small amount of it to the back of the tile and on the bail.


8. Let it dry for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then put on ball chains, ribbons, or necklaces.

drying pendants

Featuring Thea, my model…

purple flowers

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purple heart

118 Responses to “Glass Pendant Necklaces Tutorial”

  • benjamina

    Great tutorial. Just a few extra ideas for folks. I clean the the glass tiles with a little bit of rubbing alcohol and it works to clean up the Diamond Glaze, too. If using actual photos or pictures from your ink jet printer, you need to set the photo with a clear acrylic sealer. It is usually found in the the craft store; artists use it to set their charcoal drawings and oil pastel works. Spray it on and let it dry well and then your picture will withstand the Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge. Happy Crafting.

    • Kerrie

      Thanks Tifanny for this! I used them at my teen’s birthday party with a few scrapbook pages, the girls loved them! I could not find the glass tiles in town, so went online to amzon and beadaholique, got good prices and quality.

  • jodi dalluhn

    Where did you purchase the glass tiles? I am having trouble finding them around my home.

  • mamie converse

    With what do you apply the glaze? I’ve been using a paintbrush, but it leaves brush marks and yours looks so smooth.

    • Tiffany

      i just put the glue directly on there from the bottle. i didn’t use anything to apply it on there. 🙂

  • lynn

    I am making these well ahead of time for Christmas- to give to all the folks at work – this is a great idea and inexpensive ! Thank you.

  • Lyndi

    Love them great step by step tutorial I just ordered a kit to make some I’ll post some pics if they turn out as good as yours lol great job!


    I get all of my supplies from Sun and Moon Craft Kits. I cannot get good results with the Diamond Glaze. I use the glaze from Sun and Moon.

  • Rubee

    What a cute idea. Think I’m making these for Christmas gifts this year! Thanks for sharing. Love your site too 🙂

  • Sonja Doyle

    What a great craft idea-I LOVE it. How do I subscribe to your blog?

    • Tiffany

      at the top where it says connect with SMM. it’s the second button from the left. 🙂

  • georgina

    wow, that is so neat,Thank you for the tip,beautiful!!!

  • jeanette porter

    Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic – will have to have a go at this

  • Sandra

    Thank u for the infomation. I need to order the tiles and get started. Love this project!

  • Annette Reece

    I love these!!!! They are beautiful!!!!! I am in the process of finding all of the items to make them. I have the paper, e-600 glue and that is it. I am looking on Etsy now and found some glass tiles (these have been hard to find, I drove 45 minutes from home yesterday looking for them at 2 major craft stores and they didn’t have them) I am looking on ebay for the bails. I can’t wait to make them for Christmas presents!!!!!!!

  • Shelly

    Just wandering, why not use the E6000 on the graphic instead of using diamond glaze? Thanks!

    • Deb

      I used E-6000 & it worked great. I tried many with diamond glaze and have had glittery spots, bleed throughs, even when I used micro glaze to seal it first.

  • donna

    thank you so much for making this so simple and wonderful! this is just what i was looking for, cant wait to try making them for a fundraiser, using family pictures

  • Amy

    Love them. I want to make some for gifts for the holidays. Were do you find the clear glass tiles?

  • Jenna

    I’m so happy I stumbled across this! Came from pinterest. Over the summer my son found over 40 four-leaf clovers in our yard (crazy ) We’ve been pressing them for months and needed a method of preserving them while being able to enjoy their beauty. We are not usually crafters, but I think this might do the trick. Thank you for the inspiration!


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