Recycled Scrabble Tile Pendant

Recycled Scrabble Tile Pendant

This tutorial shows you how to make a handmade pendant using upcycled scrabble tiles.

What you need



Scrabble tiles

Jewelry bails


Photographs or any kind of image such as from magazines. The list of paper products that can be recycled for this project are endless


Do you like to play Scrabble? Do you have a game that is missing some letters? Recycle the ones you have into fun accessories for yourself and your fridge. These also make great gifts since you can personalize the earrings or pendant by using the initials of the recipient or you can spell out their name or words with the magnets.

Part of the image will be covered by the jewelry bale so this step is just to make the back of your project look more finished.

5/8 inch square punch or scissors for punching or cutting the images. The tiles are 7/8 inch. Mat acrylic gel medium and a brush for gluing on images
1) If you would like to decorate the backs of your tiles, select your images and punch or cut them out so they are smaller than the tile.
2) Brush the underside of the image with gel medium, glue onto the BACK of your tile, then brush the top of the image and tile with more gel medium. Let dry for 15 minutes.
Brush glue onto the top of the image twice more, letting dry for 15 minutes between each time.
3) Using E6000, glue the bale onto the BACK of the tile so it is centered. Let dry.
4) You can thread the pendant onto a neck wire, ball chain, or other chain of your choice. If making earrings, attach the ear wires to the bales according to the type you are using.

What you need

Glass tile or Glass slide (Available from jewelry making stockists)
Clear drying Craft Glue/Diamond Glaze/modge podge/Aleenes clear tacky glue
Scissors or Blade
Twitter Image below
Aanraku Bail


This free jewelry making project shows you how to make a glass tile or glass slide pendant using a twitter image and some basic jewelry making supplies.

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Take your twitter image (printable image below) and cut it to size to match your glass tile that will become your pendant, it should be 1-2 mm smaller than the glass tile. This allows the glue to seal around the edges.

Start by taking your image and sealing it with a thin coat of clear drying craft glue, such as modge podge or PVA glue. You can also use a spray sealer if you have it on hand. This seals the image ink and prevents any color bleeds later on.

Once your image has been sealed, you can glue it onto the glass tile/slide.

Cover the glass tile in a coat of glue and gently place the image down onto the tile.
Press the paper image down in the centre and work your way out to the edges. This allows any air bubbles to escape to the edges.

Once the image is flat against the tile apply firm pressure and make sure all the edges are well stuck down.
Finish it off by placing a little more glue on top of the paper (the back of the image) to seal the back of the pendant. Make sure the glue seals all the edges. If you are using modge podge or glue then give it 3-4 coats at least allowing it to dry between coats as this will SEAL it better. If you are using Diamond glaze or other glass like resin products then 1 thick coat is enough.

You can wipe off any excess glue from the tile using a damp cloth. You can gently sand any rough edges or any blobs of glue off once it is dry.

Finish off the twitter pendant by gluing on your aanraku bail with strong craft glue or E6000 Glue.

Glass tiles can be bought from most jewelry making supply stores online. You can also use glass slides used for science.

Try adding beads for a retro variation.


  1. Where do you get the bales.

  2. This looks really cool. Not the sort of thing that I wear but I have a friend who would love this!

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