No matter where you roam, home is where your heart is. Show your love for the place you call home with these DIY Atlas Pendants. We used vintage atlas pages, you can find these at thrift stores, flea markets or yard sales. Or you could print out an image of the place you call home on a map to size. Add a stamped metal charm, tiny paper heart and some decoupage medium and you can wear your heart around your neck any time you feel a little homesick.
1.5″ Plaid Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes, Basics
1/5″ punched Vintage Atlas Circles (you can find atlases at thrift shops and use a big hole punch like this Fiskars Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punch, Large)
Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Glossy
Folk Art Enamel Acrylic Paint, Licorice
ImpressArt, Heart w/ Ring, Brass, 1/2″ Stamping Blank
Beacon Zip Dry Paper Glue
Jump Ring 10mm Silver Plated
Ball Chain Necklace Bright Silver
ImpressArt Basic Metal Stamp Set, Uppercase, 1.5mm
Wood Handle Scratch Awl
ImpressArt 1 Pound Metal Stamping Hammer
ImpressArt 2 by 2-Inch Steel Block
ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
Step one: Tape your blank to your bench block. Slide stamps down to top of tape, start in center and stamp to edges. The letter ‘m’ should be in the center because you’re adding a period. Use an awl or punctuation stamp to add the period. Step two: Dab paint into letters. Let paint set for 30-40 seconds. Wipe off excess on surface. Step three: Punch or cut the atlas circle to fit pendant. Fold red card stock and use small scissors to hand cut tiny heart. Step four: Use a toothpick to apply a small dab of paper glue to back of heart. Press heart on to the area of atlas you want to highlight. Allow to dry. Step five: Add a thin layer of decoupage medium to back of pendant and front of atlas paper. Press together, gently pressing out any bubbles with fingertips. Allow to dry, paint a second coat of decoupage medium. Allow this to dry overnight. Step six: Use chain nose pliers to connect stamped pendant to acrylic pendant. Attach to your ball chain.
These are simple to make and fun to wear. They make fabulous gifts for students heading off to college! Make a map full of DIY Atlas Pendants for family and friends. We’d love to know where you hang your heart, tell us in the comments.
Margot and Avalon
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