DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

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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DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway: You know I will come up with any…

brittni mehlhoff (@papernstitch) | February 9th, 2012 at 11:01 am

Oh my goodness I love this.

Hot Pink

Seriously Sassy Mama | February 9th, 2012 at 11:04 am

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 | February 9th, 2012 at 11:07 am

AWESOME! RT@papernstitch DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway: You know I will come up with any…

Hank + Hunt (@hankandhunt) | February 9th, 2012 at 11:08 am

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

Allison Brown | February 9th, 2012 at 11:33 am

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

Violet | February 9th, 2012 at 11:35 am

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

Moxie Lisa | February 9th, 2012 at 11:49 am

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

Katherine | February 9th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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

Paula Castro | February 9th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

have you seen today’s diy project yet?

brittni mehlhoff (@papernstitch) | February 9th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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

jenn elliott blake (@bowtieandbustle) | February 9th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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

Lark Crafts (@LarkCrafts) | February 9th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

ooh! So cute!! Lavendar, yellow ochre, silver

greta songe | February 9th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I think I would do a red design with black and white. I love yours! So fun!
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Jingle | February 9th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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!

Hana | February 9th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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

Rebecca - A Daily Something | February 9th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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

Lauren Donaldson (@laurenelise85) | February 9th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

This is beautiful. Love it!

p.s. – The same colors as you. 🙂

Mariana | February 9th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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

Laura Elizabeth | February 9th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I’d go for an aqua, gold, and purple.

adrienne | February 9th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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!

Dani | February 9th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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 | February 9th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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

Kimberly R. | February 9th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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

Emily C | February 9th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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! 🙂

Amber | February 9th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

A (@roomofmyown) | February 9th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

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Amber | February 9th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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Amber | February 9th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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

Jo | February 9th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

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Jo | February 9th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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

Bonney | February 9th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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

Brittany | February 9th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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

Myria | February 9th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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

VICKIEEE! | February 9th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Also shared on (fingers crossed lalala~) <:

VICKIEEE! | February 9th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

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

Meghan Thimjon | February 9th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

navy and pink!

Sarah | February 10th, 2012 at 12:45 am

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

Indiana Felix-Delacruz | February 10th, 2012 at 4:04 am

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.

nangy | February 10th, 2012 at 4:14 am

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

Crystal | February 10th, 2012 at 4:45 am

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

Brijet | February 10th, 2012 at 5:25 am

Lovely, thanks for the inspiration!

garota prendada | February 10th, 2012 at 7:11 am

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

Bria | February 10th, 2012 at 10:01 am

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

Kunni Biener | February 10th, 2012 at 11:08 am

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

kathyS | February 10th, 2012 at 11:47 am

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*

Hazel | February 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am

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

Laura B | February 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am

looks so cute! count me in!

sushi lover | February 10th, 2012 at 11:52 am

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

Zoi | February 10th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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

Susan | February 10th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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

KT | February 10th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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.

Jerri | February 10th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

wow, this is so great!

mustard yellow

Jessica B. | February 10th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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

Laura | February 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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

Beth | February 10th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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

So Spring 2012!

Katie Fritz | February 10th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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

Jessica | February 10th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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 | February 10th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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

Annie | February 10th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Lovely idea. Blue and Yellow would be nice.

satya | February 10th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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 | February 10th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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

Brooke | February 10th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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

Connie @ Daydream In Color | February 10th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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

evdokia | February 10th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

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Evdokia Tsiligiridou (@evdokiat) | February 10th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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

Victoria B | February 10th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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! 😀

Kaylin | February 10th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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 | February 10th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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

Debra | February 10th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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 | February 10th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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

donna | February 10th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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

eva | February 10th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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

Davonne | February 10th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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 | February 10th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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 | February 10th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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

CRESCENDOh (@crescendoh) | February 10th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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

Liz | February 10th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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

Lisa A | February 10th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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

Karen | February 10th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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

Xo Steph

Steph | February 10th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

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

Maggie | February 10th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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

Mia (@tristessedexion) | February 10th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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

Preeya | February 10th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

How cute.

Elizabeth Deuson | February 10th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

kitty (@kitty00) | February 10th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

pink and purple!!!!

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Cristina Martínez | February 10th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Chocolate and aqua

Lori Vale | February 10th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

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

Bekah A | February 10th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

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

LuAnn | February 11th, 2012 at 12:26 am

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

Laurinda | February 11th, 2012 at 2:08 am

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

Maya Floria Yasmin (@myfloya) | February 11th, 2012 at 2:44 am

i love stitching. wonderful necklacke <3

maya | February 11th, 2012 at 2:44 am

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!

Tricia | February 11th, 2012 at 4:51 am

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

Pratya | February 11th, 2012 at 5:08 am

I think I would use blues and greens

TanyaJS | February 11th, 2012 at 8:13 am

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!

Allison | February 11th, 2012 at 9:25 am

This is a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing.

Pakou | February 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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

Adriana | February 11th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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

Judith | February 11th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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

Pip | February 11th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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

Amy | February 11th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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

Muireann | February 11th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Love this. Definitely ordering a few to make gifts!

Corrin | February 12th, 2012 at 9:23 am

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

Bella | February 12th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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

Amanda Hawelu | February 13th, 2012 at 1:21 am

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

hk | February 13th, 2012 at 3:07 am

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

Yvonne | February 13th, 2012 at 11:38 am

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

Marianne | February 13th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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

Jessica T. | February 13th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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…

Rowan | February 13th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

lovely! =) Thanks for sharing!

onelmon | February 13th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

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

Lisa Murdoch | February 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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. | February 13th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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

Christina | February 13th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

Christina Hawkins (@Craftyfinds) | February 13th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

rainbow colors –of course!

Aurora Fox | February 13th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

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

Lauren | February 14th, 2012 at 1:26 am

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

Sasa | February 14th, 2012 at 4:07 am

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

Julia | February 14th, 2012 at 8:45 am

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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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 | February 14th, 2012 at 9:12 am

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

annie | February 14th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

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

Heather | February 15th, 2012 at 8:49 am

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

Sophie Miller | February 15th, 2012 at 9:52 am

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

Julie | February 15th, 2012 at 9:56 am

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

Julie Lang (@thesocialseam) | February 15th, 2012 at 9:56 am

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.

Kayla | February 15th, 2012 at 11:12 am

I piink somuch

yekti | February 15th, 2012 at 11:13 am

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

H.alda | February 15th, 2012 at 11:27 am

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

Nicole Underwood | February 15th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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 | February 15th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

DIY Idea: Stitching Together a Pendant Necklace + Giveaway

meredith_taylor (@meredith_taylor) | February 15th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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.

Tia | February 15th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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

Christy | February 15th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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 | February 15th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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

Avery | February 15th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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

rebecca | February 15th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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 🙂

Katelyn | February 15th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Great giveaway – last day to enter!

Katelyn Wheaton (@Ninth_Bird) | February 15th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

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

Tara Wilson | February 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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 | February 15th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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

Victoria M | February 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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

Carolyn | February 15th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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

Kate C | February 15th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

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

Kate C | February 15th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

RT @papernstitch: one last reminder. only two hours left to enter to win…

Jess Greene (@seekyourcourse) | February 15th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

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

(@CRAFTEDport_la) (@CRAFTEDport_la) | March 4th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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! 🙂
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Erika | June 14th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I would use black and white-abstract design maybe

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