How to Make Wooden Jewelry

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Practice color theory and pattern play by designing wood pendants made from branches you find in your own backyard.

Things You'll Need

  • 1- to 2-inch Diameter Wood Disks 
  • Necklace Chain 
  • Jump Rings 
  • Charms 
  • Acrylic Paint 
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint Brushes 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Clear varnish 
  • 1/4-inch Screw-in Eye hooks 
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Step 1: Sand Wood Disks

You can make these wood disks by sawing 1/4-inch slices off fallen branches, or you can find pre-cut disks at most craft supply stores. Prep your wood surface by sanding off any rough areas or bark and brush off sawdust with a dry paint brush.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Step 2: Mask Off Sections

Section off geometric shapes with masking tape to create straight, clean lines when painting.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Step 3: Paint and Varnish

Apply layers of paint to your taped off section, always brushing away from your tape to prevent forcing paint under the tape. After one section has dried, reposition the tape and paint a contrasting color. Allow your artwork to dry before applying a clear varnish to seal the painted wood.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)


  • Try adding small details like dots or stripes.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Step 4: Add Eye Hook

Once your painted disk has dried completely, hand-screw in a small eye-hook to create a pendant. If you have trouble getting the screw to start, you can use a small drill bit to make a pilot hole.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Step 5: Add Charms and Chain

String your wood pendant on your choice of necklace chain -- add a charm or tassel for extra whimsy!

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Try using these pendants to make key chains -- or add a second eye hook to create a bracelet!

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