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I have been wanting to make pendant necklaces FOREVER. I’ve had a package of game tiles hanging around for years since I made this (craft fail) door hanger for my husband’s office years ago. (Sweet guy- he used it anyway!) I figured this project would be the perfect way to use up the extra – as well as some of my super cute papers! I found a tutorial here and I had some glossy accents and mod podge, so I had everything I needed except… bails.
In my opinion, bails are ridiculously overpriced. I looked for them EVERYWHERE. I figured at $1 each at my local bead store was a bit much, but I was wrong. Even Oriental Trading (remember when they used to be cheaper than other places?) let me down. I finally bought some at my local craft store using a coupon so that I could finally make some of these.
A quick note about pricing. Hasbro sells replacement parts for many of their games HERE. The cost of 100 tiles on their site? $6.50!! Plus you get 4 racks and a tile pouch in case you want to craft something with those too. 🙂 BTW- I totally am trying to think up some other crafts I can make with board game pieces.
The fun part of this project was picking out papers. The tutorial tip about making a template card is really helpful & makes the process of picking out papers lots of fun. I also used the template to trace out the piece I wanted on the back of the patterned paper and then glued the scrabble tile where I had drawn the outline. That helped me to line up the pictures a lot more accurately.
This was an easy project to do in stages (10 minutes here, 10 minutes there- perfect for toddler watching) but I’d definitely recommend making them in bulk. Don’t expect perfection, though. As with any project, there is a bit of a learning curve. Several of my tiles have bubbles or mistakes, as you’ll see. Anyway, enough talk- here are my finished tile pendants.