How to Make Wooden Pendants

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How to Make Wooden Pendants
Design and make your own wooden pendants for jewellery. (pendant image by Alex White from

If you love natural-looking jewellery or the country feel of handmade jewellery, you may want to try your hand at making your own wooden pendants for a necklace or key chain. Wood is a material that is easy to obtain and easy to shape into anything as long as you have the right tools. When you make your own pendants out of wood, you have the freedom of making your pendant look any way that you want.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Handsaw
  • Pocket knife
  • Rough file
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Draw a simple shape, such as a square, circle or heart, on a piece of wood (about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch thick) with a pencil. The shape should be simple enough for you to cut out by hand without too much trouble.

  2. 2

    Cut a squared area with a handsaw with the shape that you drew out carefully if it is on a larger piece of wood. Carve out the shape with a wood carver or a pocket knife, and always point the blade away from you. Use a rough file to help achieve the general shape of the pendant.

  3. 3

    Sand the wooden shape with a fine-grit sandpaper (150 to 180 grit) to get it nice and smooth. Sand in circular motions, and don't sand one spot for too long. Make sure you get the cut edges rounded and smooth.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole near the top edge of the pendant with a 1/8- or 1/4-inch drill bit so you can hang it from a necklace or key chain.

  5. 5

    Paint the wooden pendant with acrylic paints or a clear coat of acrylic enamel if you want to keep the natural colour of the wood. You can also draw a design on the front with a fine-tipped marker and colour in with your paints. Allow the paint to dry completely before stringing it onto a necklace.

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