DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

By Brittni • posted on 02/09/2012

You know I will come up with any excuse for a new diy project, right?

So when I was asked to participate in the Pendant Project (an idea cooked up by AesaLina Compton of Love Lovely), I jumped on it. I’ve been wanting to give these little  stitchery wooden pendants a try anyway. So this seemed like the perfect excuse.

More info about the Pendant Project…Each week in the month of February, one blogger is chosen to create their own pendant, using AesaLina’s handy wooden pendants and what ever other materials they can dream up.

I am the first of four muses to reveal a finished piece and to keep it interesting, I am showing you exactly how I made it…PLUS I am giving away my finished piece along with a blank pendant for you to make another necklace on your own.

Materials: stitchery wooden pendant from Love Lovely, gold Sharpie paint pen, embroidery floss, needle, leather cord, and scissors

How To (instructions): I’ve laid the whole thing out in photos below…

I am not an embroidery person, so I decided from the start I would approach my design in more of a haphazard way. Starting with paint…

1. Paint both sides of your pendant, unless you prefer the look of the wood on its own, which is actually pretty nice. I used a Sharpie paint pen for mine. It is quick and easy, and (bonus!) is dry to the touch in seconds.

2. Choose your colors and start stitching. I selected three colors to limit my palette, but I didn’t want to box in my design, so I made no plan for it at all. I just dove right in.

3. After one color fet completed, I tied it off and moved on to the next. I knew I wanted to keep the design abstract and random, but I also wanted to bring some order to the overall design. So I started adding horizontal and vertical lines into the design, which you can see popping up here.

4. Then I moved into my third and final color, before adding a few finishing touches with the fuchsia thread I started with. Once the design was complete, I tied off the loose ends in the back, cut off the excess string, and added a leather cord.

Such an easy project! And definitely addictive… I want to do more of these, for sure. Thank you to AesaLina Compton of Love Lovely for inviting to be a part of the Pendant Project!

And now for the giveaway!

If you want a chance to win the necklace I made along with a blank pendant and additional supplies to make one of your own, enter this giveaway today.

All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me the color or colors you would use for your own pendant if you win. That’s it! Simple, dimple. This giveaway will close Wednesday, February 15th at 11:59pm EST. International entries welcome. **Bonus entries for tweets and facebook shares (just use the buttons below)!

The winner will be announced on the blog Thursday, February 16th.

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I would use black and white-abstract design maybe

margaret g

What amazing idea, I love that pendant! I wonder whether these little wooden supplies are still sold, because I checked the site, but it happened to be under maintenance…?! But I love what you made of it! 🙂


Oh mannnnn! I want to make these into earnings too!

(@CRAFTEDport_la) (@CRAFTEDport_la)

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Jess Greene (@seekyourcourse)

I would love to use a lavender and a pale yellow, and outline it in a dark blue!

Kate C

I would outline it in gold and use lavender and yellow thread!

Kate C

Im a flowers girl, so lots of pinks, blues and greens with sparkly bling!!!


I would do a cloud design, so sky blue and white 🙂

Victoria M

I was thinking of adding beads, stone chip beads through the holes, using crystals or clear beads. Or I would use beach glass chips, drill them, and use them as beads. I like the idea of light reflecting through the beads (maybe put a mirror or reflective surface behind the pendant) adding a more three dimensional look to the piece. I would also paint the wood with a gloss black to add to the reflective quality.

Barbara M

I’d use black, lime green, orange and pink!

Tara Wilson

Great giveaway – last day to enter!

Katelyn Wheaton (@Ninth_Bird)

I love this! I would use bright Summer colors! Red, yellow, and maybe a bright green! But I do love the colors you used too 🙂


I love this! I would use white and purples, but I do love these colours!


Awsome idea!! I love the pink, blue, and yellow one best!!


I love this Pendant Necklace! If I won, I would choose neutral colors like cream, gray, beige/brown or taupe so that I could wear it with almost anything!

Ashley Evans

To satisfy my grey/yellow/chevron addiction, probably a grey and yellow chevron. 🙂


Ooh, I love the deer sample on the product page! I would likely use a rich dark purple and bright green, but a brownish might be a nice accent. Or light blue! I may have to tesselate some animals in there. Lovely.


DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

meredith_taylor (@meredith_taylor)

ooo I LOVE these… I think it would be cool to do a pink or orange ombre pendant. yours is so lovely though.

Meredith Taylor

so great!! Love this little project 🙂
I would totally use, turquoise, white & red…and there WILL be an owl on it!

Nicole Underwood

I would paint the disk/pendant grey, and embroider with olive green, grey and purple! This looks like a seriously fun project.


I piink somuch


My favorite color is green, so I would use different shades of green. And leave the pendant as its wood finishing, or maybe stain it a little darker brown, to give it a nice earthy feel.


DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

Julie Lang (@thesocialseam)

I would make it out of the trendy aqua blue and cherry red.


Love it!
I would use an olive green and/or greys.

Sophie Miller

I would do all different greens, for spring! It would give me an excuse to use my 20 different greens of embroidery floss!


pop of color is where it’s at. coral and a shade of neutral. love it!


If I would win, I would like to give it to a special someone.
Thank you for sharing this. I hope very much that may be I could win.
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Brijet Urbina Albio
I would like the colors anything you want to work with, as long as it is pure from your heart.
Thank you again, please deliver it at Philippines.
Any colors, I would accept it.
Excuse me, I would like to ask if how many colors of yarn are given?
Please e-mail me. 🙂

Brijet Albio

oh my, how lovely! i’d love to use coral and mint 🙂 or yellow and grey. x


I have a few ideas in mind: one in black and white, another one with bright red tones and maybe a multicolor one


i adore the colors you used in the tutorial actually, they go really well together and are bright! which is pretty much my requirements haha


rainbow colors –of course!

Aurora Fox

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

Christina Hawkins (@Craftyfinds)

Purple is my absolute favorite color. It makes me happy. I would make my pendant using different hues.


i’d do something simple and neutral, but with just a hint of color – my choices would be grey, white and an orange-hued salmon.

kay w.

Gorgeous! I’d use teal blue and mustard yellow. My fave colours! Great DIY project. x

Lisa Murdoch

lovely! =) Thanks for sharing!


What a sweet idea! I’d love to make one in royal purple, emerald green, and sapphire blue. And I think I’ll buy one to do in crimson, a deep orange, and a golden yellow. I’ve got a lot of beads and wires I can use too… Maybe doing the embroidery with various colors of beading wire. hmmmm…


I love how original this is! I think I would make mine in fun spring-pastel colours – like coral and seafoam.

Jessica T.

This is great! I think I would use brown and green. Or gray and yellow.


Love it! I think black with hits of metallics would be nice – bronze, gold and silver!


I would use bittersweet & blizzard blue as it is matching to my wedding reception dress.I so want thisssss.I am having a funky theme.I think It will look awesome with my dress! I hope I winnnnnn


I would use fucshia, lavender and lime green!! <333

Amanda Hawelu

Thanks for this post,
It’s given me so much inspiration for gift ideas.
Just wish I’d seen it before Christmas.


Love this. Definitely ordering a few to make gifts!


This is cool! I’d love to use red, green and blue. Thanks for the chance to win!


I’d love to try making one of these with dark brown and pink thread!! Great idea!!


So pretty! I haven’t seen these before but will go looking for them now.


I’d use shades of turquoise & teal, my favorites – I even painted my living room in those colors!


I would keep the natural wood colour base and embroider it with pink, orange and lime green tones!


This is a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing.


Awesome idea! I love the colors you chose, but especially the gold. So maybe some gold and white and then it would go with about anything in my closet!


I think I would use blues and greens


I would probably use aqua and mustard yellow or pastel pink and gray 🙂


I would use red, black and metallice gold….or be fun and use glow-in-the-dark thread, mixed with pastels so a secret image comes out at night!


i love stitching. wonderful necklacke <3


DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

Maya Floria Yasmin (@myfloya)

OOO- I love this!! I would clear-coat the wood, then use white & silver to highlight it!


Creative! Artistic! Would probably use brown, cream & peach. I wear browns alot!


Love! I would use maybe a gold, blue and green or a red orange and gold.

Bekah A

Chocolate and aqua

Lori Vale

pink and purple!!!!

wooow esta divino!!!… saludos desde México! use las opciones de twitter y facebook… espero ganar!


Cristina Martínez

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

kitty (@kitty00)

How cute.

Elizabeth Deuson

I love this! I like the color combination you chose, so if I won I’d want to be surprised (:


DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway I’m thinking using some pastel pink and dark green. c:

Mia (@tristessedexion)

Thanks for the giveaway! I’m thinking using some pastel pink and dark green. c:


That is one very random piece of jewellery!! My colours would be teal, purple and blue YAY thanks for a great giveaway.

Xo Steph


Cute idea c:
I’d like turquoise, pink, and orange.


Fun giveaway! I would use pink and maybe a neutral.

Lisa A

Ooooo! I love gold, orange and red or blue. Thanks for the giveaway!


That’s Totally hOT: stitched pendant necklace tutorial by @papernstitch –

CRESCENDOh (@crescendoh)

I think I would use a slate grey all over, with a ruby red heart in the center and sparkle it up with a few beads on the heart. I’d also paint the wood silver.

Melinda Garcia

Cute pendant! I would like to use some of the new metallic flosses — any color. Would look cool with gold or silver paint. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

Beth Kurtbedin

I love yellow blue and oranges. Like bright spring flowers!


Great idea. Thanks. If I would win, I would choose redish colors, because I love them: pink, red, and orange.


This is a great idea. I love blues and greens. I would probably do a twill pattern.


This is a GREAT and CHEAP idea! Love it! Well, it may be very good with cold colors too, maybe tons of brown, purple, its really nice to use when winter comes (here in Brazil starts in june/july). I just don’t know if we have here this type of wooden pendant, so it’ll be very very good if I win this giveaway. =)

Thank’s for sharing this idea.

CArolinne Rosa

Love your choice of colours! I would probably stitch something less abstract, but it does make a striking pendant. THANKS!


This is adorable. I wonder what it would look like to do a small chevron pattern? Maybe with some blue and yellow to welcome spring…

What a fun weekend project! Thanks for the inspiration

Brittany Stigler

This is a great idea! I would love to make a few of these and add my personal touch of vintage items to make something totally unique. What a great DIY, thanks for sharing! 😀


I would use grey, white & pink because they’re like my hamster. Grey fur, a white fluffy tummy & a tiny pink nose. 🙂

Victoria B

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Evdokia Tsiligiridou (@evdokiat)

beautiful giveaway! i think i would use electric blue, gray & turqoise!


How cute! I’d definitely use coral & maybe mint…My two faves at the moment…

Connie @ Daydream In Color

I would use red, lavender,and turquoise because those are my favourite colours 🙂 I would wear it all the time!


This is a fantastic idea. I love the stitching! I would probably make it red, white and blue – but I see many, many possibilities! Jamie V in MT

Jamie V

Lovely idea. Blue and Yellow would be nice.


Beautiful. I would try to make navy and white pocka dots using the french knots.


I love this! What a simple, sweet idea. I have been looking for something like this to make for my mom for her birthday. I’d probably use some “toned down” colors for me’ ma since she’s a professor but I think the colors you used a perfect. thanks for sharing!

Liz Cobb

This is so cute! I would love light pink, green, and yellow!


I would use coral, lime green, and neon yellow in my pendant…and maybe a touch of taupe/beige.

So Spring 2012!

Katie Fritz

Love it! How creative!
I would make it:
Jadite Green
1950’s Pink


I would definitely use white, grey, and beige with a few pops of navy!


wow, this is so great!

mustard yellow

Jessica B.

I can see these being Christmas tree ornaments too. Red, white and blue like the American flag. Thanks for sharing such a neat little project. I’m sharing this on Facebook.


I would paint it white with orange, red and yellow!!!


What fun! I want to make lots of these, but my first one would be black and white with lots of texture.


This is so cool! And just as I was beginning to get obsessed with embroidery!


looks so cute! count me in!

sushi lover

I’d use periwinkle, granny smith green, and cafe au lait – I know, it’s pretty safe, but I love the combo.

Laura B

wow ! I really want to make one of my own now. I’d probably make a design in cream and navy so that the pendant would go with most of my clothes, and maybe add in some burgundy splashes for the fun of it. I’d have to make the frame black though *starts planning*


Really interesting. Black and white, and perhaps plant a flower in one of the open spaces.


I would do green, shades of green. This is great, I love stitching on new grounds.

Kunni Biener

What a great project!! I would make mine black, red and turquoise! 🙂


Lovely, thanks for the inspiration!

garota prendada

I love pink, yellow, and blue.
Pink at the right, blue at the middle, and yellow to the left.
Thank you…. 🙂


I would use turquoise and hot pink for sure! I love the pendant so much! Thanks for the give away 🙂


OH MYGOODNESS!! My 9 year old granddaughter would love to have one of these!! I know she would choose pink,purple and a mystery color,thanks for the giveaway.


OOOOOhhh, that’s so lovely! I’d use peach, pink, and red!

Indiana Felix-Delacruz

navy and pink!


Would love love love to win and make one of these! What fun!

Meghan Thimjon

Also shared on (fingers crossed lalala~) <:


Really pretty stuff~ I’d love to have one in peacock green, cream and fuchsia, fly one to Singapore please? 😀


I think my colors would be gold, a bright red, and a dark dusky blue.


How pretty! Black, green, and grey for me!


I think this is really cool! My colors would be turquoise, lime green and fuchsia.


Also, Pinned it:


Peacock Green & Blue! It would look awesome with that gold sharpie!


Shared the giveaway on Facebook also (Amber H):


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DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

A (@roomofmyown)

Oh my gosh, I was so excited to see this! That pendant is so pretty! I *love* it. I would be so thrilled to win, I love the colors that you used. I would love to make one with turquoise, teal, and purple. Would love to win this in time for my birthday. Oh thanks so much! 🙂


Shades of purple with either red or green. I love unconventional color combinations.

Emily C

I love warm colours so i would use colours like teal, purple and and white. and thanks for the giveaway.

Kimberly R.

Ooooh I love it! I think i would go with… aqua & yellow and do a stripe detail. I love that we can get an already perfect pendant in case we mess up on our own 😉

Jessie V

I’d use the colors of the sand and ocean. I live in Florida and it’s been very dreary and raining lately, so this color combination would bring some of that back right about now, and look so amazing!


I’d go for an aqua, gold, and purple.


This is so cute girl!! I would do tiffany blue, cherry red and white.

Laura Elizabeth

This is beautiful. Love it!

p.s. – The same colors as you. 🙂


It’s an awesome one!! RT @papernstitch: have you seen today’s diy project yet?

Lauren Donaldson (@laurenelise85)

This is awesome!!!! I’d pick grey, brown and black, maybe?! But I LOVE the colors you chose, too!!!

Rebecca - A Daily Something

So cool! I would use mint green and aqua blue…and maybe some yellow thrown in too! haha, did not mean for that to rhyme!


I think I would do a red design with black and white. I love yours! So fun!
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ooh! So cute!! Lavendar, yellow ochre, silver

greta songe

love the wooden pendant–such a cool stitch showcase! RT @papernstitch: have you seen today’s diy project yet?

Lark Crafts (@LarkCrafts)

uh. ADORABLE!!! @papernstitch RT have you seen today’s diy project yet?

jenn elliott blake (@bowtieandbustle)

have you seen today’s diy project yet?

brittni mehlhoff (@papernstitch)

love it!! I like it in green, blue, pink, purple,….

Paula Castro

I love the color of yours, but I might try mint green and brown 🙂


Lovely! I am diggin the teal and chartreuse…I think I would keep that and add white or cream.

Moxie Lisa

Love it! I’m thinking silver, purple & lavendar!!! 😉


I would use a deep red, an orange, and a greyish cream

Allison Brown

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Hank + Hunt (@hankandhunt)

This is awesome! How did I not know you could get those little medallions! I would make one in shades of cream and mint green with a touch of emerald. Totally awesome!

Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

Oh my goodness I love this.

Hot Pink

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