Saturday, January 23, 2010

Decoupage Penny Pendant Tutorial

I really enjoyed making this pendant. It was easy, fun, and the product was great!

*1 Penny- Its nice if it's a shiny one, because you'll see the back when you put it on.
*A few small scraps of tissue paper
*Mod Podge
*A Paintbrush
*Diamond glaze or glossy accents (a 3D glue)
*Different cut-out letters from a magazine to spell a favorite word or a name (4-5 letters or less- or else it won't fit on the penny)
*An Aanraku Pendant Bail (I recommend this kind, but there are other options. For my first few, I used what I had on hand (crimps), which worked, but didn’t look great. They are supposed to be used for attaching clasps to cording.)

Step #1: Using your paintbrush, brush some Mod Podge onto the whole surface of the head of your penny. Take a piece of tissue paper that covers the surface and place it on top. Wait a moment for it to dry a bit (it dries fast). Then, cut off the access tissue paper.

Step #2: Using your paintbrush, make a thin coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper. Then, attach some tiny, tiny pieces of multi-colored tissue paper on top. When all of these pieces are on, coat it with more Mod Podge.

(Optional)Step #3: Attach little (very small) flowers or stars on top of the tissue paper to add a little “extra something” to your penny.

Step #4: Time to attach the letters! Put a thin coat a Mod Podge on the top once again (The Mod Podge makes it stick and also makes your penny super- shiny!). Arrange the letters (in the right order) on your penny and put another coat of Mod Podge on top (this is the last coat, so make it a good one!).

Step #5: Wait about 20 minutes for the Mod Podge to fully dry on all layers.

Step #6: We’re almost there!!! Apply the 3D glue (diamond glaze) to the top of the penny. Be very, very generous with the amount you apply. Just make sure that the glue stays ON the penny! You’ll notice that it may turn a blue-ish color. Don’t be afraid- it turns clear when it dries.

Step #7: Depending on how much 3D glue your put on, it will dry in different amounts of time. But truly, I would wait a full 12 hours or overnight- just to be sure. I know, from experience, that it really stinks when you spent time perfecting your penny and then in ONE second, you touch it when it’s not dry, and your whole project is ruined!!!! Just don’t take any risks…

Step #8: After a good 12 hours, attach a bail using the 3D glue to the back of the penny. Wait till it dries (in about 1 hour, just to be safe). String it on to a chain or cord, and show it off! (You have no idea how many compliments I have gotten on mine!)

Step #9: Wear it and love it!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! (My first one!) If you need any help with making your pendant, comment on this post or email us at


  1. I Hope everyone likes this tutorial!

  2. Awesome tutorial! I found you through One Pretty I'll be back for more!

  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial I love the penny and I have been looking at Michael here in Tucson and could not find Diamond glaze for a washer pendant I saw but I did see this glossy accents. Now I know what it was I should of been looking for. Very happy and cant wait to go buy some and make this for a gift for a friend and Valentines for my 3yr old maybe my mom gosh the possibilities are endless. Thanks again Mindy :-)

  4. Finally! Something to do with the pennies! Really cute and fun project. I'm going to give it a whirl soon.

  5. This is the cutest idea ever. I especially love the inside tips like not touching it until it is dry. That is sooo something I would do. I noticed you are from Oregon. Are you a Ducks or a Beavers fan? I'm Ducks all the way. Go Quackers!

  6. Wonderful idea!! I LOVE it!

  7. This is a great idea! I'm so going to make one of these. Thanks for the awesome post and tutorial.


  8. I love this project, can't wait to try it!

  9. Love this tutorial...thanks for sharing it.

  10. This is such a cute tutorial!

    I posted a link to your tutorial on my blog! :)

    I wanna make a couple of these for my friends, so I'm excited.


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