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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.