Making Paper Jewelry

oday’s project is much easier than it seems. The supplies are easy to find and you can embellish it any way you like. I will show you how I created a paper “locket”, but I’m sure you will come up with wonderful versions of your own paper jewelry.


Supplies – 

  • Paper – decorative paper , magazines, craft paper etc.
  • Cardboard – cereal box, pasta box, card stock
  • Glue – glue stick, white glue or Mod Podge
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Necklace – a chain, length of yarn or something similar to complete the necklace

Special thanks to my grandson and daughter who graciously allowed me to use his image.

**keep in mind that if a child is wearing a necklace like this, it should be a jewelry chain. Not yarn or any other length of string that can be a choking hazard**


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I used different sized jars to cut out my circles. The same size circles for the photo, cardboard and decorative paper. A slightly larger one for the fringed backing.

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You can attach the bezel (loop) to the back of the locket or to the larger, fringed backing. Slip your chain through the open loop. All set! As you can see, I made a few of these 🙂


If you would like to see some of the jewelry I make using paper, glue and quite a few more things I find around the house, visit my etsy shop –  Pattemade

For the full project video, visit Art Out of Anything on Facebook.

Thanks for reading and keep creating!



Drawing with Glue

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You can watch the step by step video for this project at Art Out of Anything on FB  and Instagram. New projects posted every week on Tuesday and Thursday!

Today’s project is an old favorite, with a new twist. In keeping with our motto of “work with what you have”, drawing with glue just got a little interesting.

Supplies –

  • white glue
  • paper – construction paper, card stock, cardboard or all of these
  • sand
  • glitter

Sand and glitter will be used as your pigments (colors). No sand? No glitter? You’ve  got great powdered pigments right in your kitchen cabinets!

I used the following:

  • salt
  • sugar
  • pepper
  • condiments like onion powder, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, dry mustard, ground or instant coffee etc.
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I put my powdered pigments into little plastic shot glasses, but you can use yours straight from the original containers too.

A great addition to this project is to have some music playing and “draw” to the music. Music and art are very good companions. It’s interesting to see how different kinds of music can inspire you and your kiddo to create.


As you can see, there are so many different ways you can experiment with pigments and one of the most interesting results, is that you end up with a pretty fragrant work of art. See if you can find condiments that work well together in terms of their scents. Nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar might just inspire you to make a glue drawing of cupcakes or a pumpkin pie!

Resources and Project Extension – When I do this project in an Art Out of Anything workshop, I always start by introducing a popular art from from India called Rangoli. Here’s a link to the history of this beautiful art form, the traditional process and free templates to download to try your own –

Once all of your amazing artwork is completely dry, shake off any excess pigment and if needed, carefully brush off any left over pigment with a soft paintbrush or tissue.

One last thing, no white glue? No problem, glue sticks work just fine too.

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Glue sticks dry much faster than liquid glue so you have to work a little faster, this would be a good time to play some peppy music!

Thanks so much for visiting.

Keep creating,