How to Make a Tile Pendant

The scrabble tile pendants are all the rage these days and they are pretty much what inspired me to give these other tile pendants a try.  One day while shopping at Lowe's Home Improvement Store I ran across these one inch tiles and I immediately thought about how cute they would be as pendants. They are thicker and heavier than scrabble tiles but still workable in my opinion.  I bought the sheet of them which was exactly 144 tiles for about 5 bucks.  Initially I was concerned they would be too heavy but after making and trying one on it was okay- not feather light but not too heavy either- definitely workable.  So I got to work and made some really lovely pendants out of these one inch tiles.  They turned out even better than I had pictured in my mind and I am excited about them and keep making more and more!  They are easy and quick, too.  So I am very excited to share this tutorial with you:0)

handmade tile pendants
handmade tile pendants
backside of tile pendant
backside of tile pendant

What You Need

  • One Inch Tiles (not too heavy)
  • Dremel With Sand Barrel Attachment
  • Paint (optional)
  • Art or Picture for Pendant
  • Mod Podge
  • Bail
  • E6000 Glue

Step One

Take your one inch tile and sand the top of it to make rough. My tiles had a sort of coating on it and I really had to sand it to get the coating off. Once you have it sanded really well it is time to paint the tile if you choose to paint it. You may want it to stay natural instead of painting but I painted mine.  Also you can round the corners or leave them square. I rounded a few of mine.

Step Two

Once you have it sanded and painted it's time to cut out your art or image to put on the tile. You can choose to cover the entire tile or you can cut the image slightly smaller than the square to show a little bit of border around the image. This is how I chose to do mine. If you choose to cover the whole top of the tile a good thing to do is just lay the tile down and trace around the image and then cut. If you want to leave a little bit of a border just trace the tile and then carefully trim the edges a bit until you have the image the size you want and the borders the size you want. Once you have it the size you want put some mod podge on the back of the image and stick it on the square tile.

Step Three

Once you have the image mounted on the tile exactly how you want it and the mod podge beneath is dry (doesn't take long) You will then need to take your mod podge and go over the top of the image and tile completely about three times. This seals the image in place and will help protect it. Also go around the whole tile with the mod podge and this will seal it and help protect it.

** At this point you could put some other sort of sealer like resin or diamond glaze over the tile but I chose to stop at Mod Podge because they looked great and being tile you don't want to put any unnecessary weight on them.

Step Four

Now grab your glue and attach your bail to the back of the tile. After it's dry add a cord and you now you have a beautiful tile pendant necklace!

NOTE: These tiles are water-resistant but NOT water proof! It is suggested to take the pendant off while bathing or taking a shower as excessive contact with water could cause damage.

If you are interested in learning to make other type pendants see my hubs on How To Make Bottle Cap Pendants or  How To Make A Domino Pendant !

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago

This is a wonderful idea, Jamie! I am definitely gonna give this one a go!

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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks tnderhrt!

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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Another great gift idea! You've got me itching to try some pendants...ideas are coming too fast!

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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, RTalloni Thank you for reading and I really appreciate the comment!

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Moonmaiden 6 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

Good job. You might want to add tutorial, tute, and how-to in your tags.

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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanx Moon.. thanks for the tip! Still kinda fresh at this...

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Liz Goltra 5 years ago

Great hub, Jamie. Thanks!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Liz.. I really appreciate the positive feedback!

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Whitney05 5 years ago from Georgia

Can you use craft tiles?

Also, can you post a picture of the back of a pendant?

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Whitney05- Yes, You could use craft tiles. I don't see why not. Yeah, I will put a pic of the back ASAP.

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Whitney05 5 years ago from Georgia

Cool. I was at hobby lobby today looking for a replacement clasp for a friend's bracelet, and they had a bag of craft tiles on clearance. Where do you find the backings? I can't remember seeing anything like that.

Also, what exactly is mod podge?

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Whitney, I have never been able to find those at any craft stores-at least not Michaels or Hobby Lobby. The silver bail in the pic I can't remember where I got those from but all my other ones I get from I get the large Atarah Triad bails. Instead of them being rectangular like the one pictured, they are triangular. They have several different types and shapes and they are the cheapest out there at least that I know of and they are great quality.

Also, Mod Podge is kind of like a sealer and glue all in one. It's used to make collages and all kinds of stuff. I use it to seal and protect artwork that's on my handmade jewelry. It's good stuff!

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love crafts especially easy ones. Your instructions are easy to follow and I love the results. Thanks for sharing this...thinking about doing it.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Carol, Thank you :) These were simple and fun to do, not to mention inexpensive, too... and they really did turn out very nice. You should give it a try! I still have about 20 to 30 blank tiles left, I bought a whole sheet of them. I was thinking about making some magnets with some of them. Great to "see" you!

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cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

LOVE IT!! I made some glass pendants for Christmas this year, very fun project. Thanks for the ideas here!

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

cre8iveOne- You are so welcome.. thanks for dropping by!

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