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DIY word necklaces {101 Days of Christmas}

DIY Word Necklace

I love words. I love to read a quote that resonates in my soul or select a single word that summarizes everything I want to say all by itself.

After we made the DIY photo keychains last month, I began looking into different versions of “word” necklaces. I saw many with pages cut from dictionaries, but I really wanted to be able highlight specific usages or definitions.

Of course, it’s easy to set up and print your own on the computer, but for these necklaces I decided to try cutting out and assembling a definition from the pages of a dictionary instead. I started with “live” since that is my word for 2014, but you could do something like “grandma” and even add other definitions — like the definition of love or care or fun — to the actual definition to make a custom necklace!

DIY Word Necklace


  • pendant necklace kits from Candytiles Studio
  • Loctite Crafter’s indoor-safe adhesive
  • dictionary that you can cut apart
  • scrapbook paper for the background
  • foam brush (optional)


Cut out definitions and words from the dictionary and set aside.

Lay the glass tile on top of the scrapbook paper and cut a piece to size to be used as the background.

Lay out the remaining parts from the pendant necklace kits. (You can buy these pieces separately, but the kits are good quality and come with the right quantities of everything you need, so I think that’s the easiest way to go!)

Add a small dollop of glue to the foam brush or a piece of paper and carefully slide the right side of the definition through the glue. Glue it to the flat side of the glass so that the definition can be read from the other side of the glass.

Continue adding words and definitions, smoothing each one flat as you go.

Spread a thin layer of glue on the right side of the scrapbook paper and glue it on top of the words on the flat side of the tile.

Holding the glass tile between your finger and thumb, spread glue around the edges of the tile. Lay the glass in the frame and use a rag or paper towel to wipe off any excess glue that squeezes out.

Add the necklace chain and set aside to completely dry.


  • Use a selection of music instead of words.
  • Cut out various usages of the same word (love, loving, loved, beloved, etc.) and layer them together.
  • Make a picture necklace instead, using the same steps we used for the keychains.

Projects from the archives:

Photo Block OrnamentsScrabble OrnamentsPhoto Coasters

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