How to Make an Earth Pendant for Earth Day

Two Methods:Simple Earth PendantGlass Earth Pendant

Earth Day is a holiday that was created to raise awareness of environmental topics and concerns that are facing the globe. There are approximately 175 countries that celebrate the earth on April 22nd each year. If you are gearing up for Earth Day, then you can show your support by making Earth Day crafts. A small image of a globe works as an excellent template for an Earth Day pendant. There are 2 types of earth day pendants you can make, a glue-based pendant and a glass-based pendant. The glue pendant is a great child's craft, while the glass pendant should be created by adults or with careful adult supervision. Learn how to make an earth pendant for Earth Day.

Method 1
Simple Earth Pendant

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    Find a small picture of the earth. You may find one on decorative paper, in magazines or print 1 out from the Internet. Choose between a picture of the Eastern or Western hemisphere.
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    Find or buy a piece of acetate. Flexible acetate sheets are available at scrapbooking and craft stores. You can also use wax paper.
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    Place the piece of acetate or wax paper over the top of the earth printout. Tape the acetate over the top of the printout with masking tape, in order to ensure it will stay as you make your pendant.
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    Mix some colored glue inside plastic lids or small glass containers. Place 2 tsp. of glue in 1 container and add some drops of blue food coloring. Mix 2 tsp. of glue with 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring in another container.
    • Mix the glue and food coloring well with a spoon or toothpick.
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    Dip a paintbrush in the blue glue and apply it to the acetate sheet. Follow the blue areas on the earth image underneath.
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    Dip another paintbrush into the green glue and paint on the green parts of the globe. Make sure your brush strokes are fairly thick, so that it will not be flimsy when you finish the pendant.
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    Grab a small paperclip. Unbend it so that it is in a triangle form with the apex at the top. Place it inside the glue, allowing it to sink to the bottom.
    • Allow the glue to dry for 1 to 2 days.
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    Peel it back from the acetate sheet when it is completely dry.
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    Thread a chain or piece of string through the apex of the paper clip. Place it around your neck to wear the pendant.

Method 2
Glass Earth Pendant

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    Buy glass tiles and bails at a craft store or online. Try to find circular tiles, because they will fit your earth image more exactly. Bails are the small loops that you affix to the pendant in order to wear it on a chain or ribbon.
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    Find a small photo of the earth. The best way to ensure it is the right size is to find the photo online, resize it using photo software and print out the correct size.
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    Use an Exact-O! knife to cut out the round shape. Place the paper on a piece of cardboard first, so you do not cut into your craft table.
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    Clean your round glass tile with a damp paper towel and water. Allow it to dry. Make sure there isn't any lint on the tile before you start making your pendant.
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    Lay a piece of wax paper on top of your craft table. Your glue will not stick to this surface.
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    Lay the tile on the wax paper with the frosted side up. Apply a thin layer of clear glue, such as Diamond Glaze, to the frosted side of the glass.
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    Pick up your earth image. Press the image side directly into the glue.
    • Wipe off excess glue from the sides with a toothpick.
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    Turn your tile over, so that the back of the image is on the wax paper. Press the tile onto the image to remove any air bubbles. Make sure that you can see your full earth image to ensure you have pressed it down properly.
    • Allow the glue to dry for at least 30 minutes, or according to package instructions. It is best to use a strong clear glue, because your pendant will be more durable.
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    Turn the dried pendant over. Paint a layer of clear glue onto the back of your image to seal it in. Use the toothpick to put a layer of glue around the edges, and then remove excess glue with a clean toothpick.
    • Allow the glue to dry for 5 to 6 hours.
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    Squeeze a dab of super glue onto your wax paper. Apply a small amount of glue to the back and top of your pendant with a toothpick.
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    Place your bail on top of the super glue. Allow it to dry according to package instructions.
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    String a chain or ribbon through the bail and wear your Earth Day necklace.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture of the earth
  • Acetate/wax paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Food coloring
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Paperclip
  • String or chain
  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Glass tiles
  • Clear glue
  • Super glue
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpicks
  • Bails
  • Water

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Categories: Environmental Awareness | Pollution Prevention