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Flower and leaf pendants are an easy way to keep a part of nature with you at all times. It’s a great project for kids too, and requires minimal supervision.
Small (1” or less) leaf or flower, clear plastic report cover, scissors, white glue or clear-dry craft glue, wire and snips, colored paper (optional)
- Press your flower or leaf between pieces of paper towel, inside a heavy book for 24-48 hours.
- Use a coin or round container about 1/4” larger than the flower as a guide. Cut 2 circles from the clear report cover. You may also cut a piece of colored paper to the same size. The paper will act as a solid color backing if you prefer not to have a totally clear pendant.
- Cut a piece of wire to 1-1 ½”. Bend the wire in half, keeping a loop at the bend. This loop will be the hanger for your pendant. Bend the free ends out slightly.
- If you are using colored paper, use a thin layer of glue to affix it to one of the clear circles. Allow to dry until it no longer slides around.
- Place the backing (clear circle, or circle covered with colored paper) on a smooth surface like a countertop or sheet of glass. (Glue may spill over, you need non-stick and easy cleanup.) Place the wire near the top edge, making sure the bent edges are inside the circle, and the loop is out enough to use. Place the flower on the backing and center it.
- Slowly cover the flower and backing circle in your glue. You want it as thick as possible without a lot of runoff. The thicker the glue, the better. Place the other clear circle on top. You may want to use tweezers so you can align it more easily.
- Allow the project to dry completely. It may take a day or two to completely set. If any glue has run past the edges, trim it off with sharp scissors or a razor blade. You may choose to draw around the edges with a metallic marker for a decorative effect.
We did these in school when I was really young. My mom probably still has one of these leaf pendants floating around in storage somewhere. It’s a shame art has been taken out of so many schools today…
I know. Art class is so wonderful. But apparently society thinks creativity is a waste of time. Hopefully things can shift and art and music will be brought back.
Creativity is so important to a young developing mind. Fortunately I was allowed to be very creative as a child. Now my mind never stops creating! It’s so wonderful… sometimes! *smiles*
Yeah, for all the hell I had to endure as a kid, I’m always grateful that my grandmother encouraged creativity and helped me experiment with all kinds of art and crafts. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have any creative outlets.