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DIY Valentine’s Day Bling


Hello! I have a quick project inspired by my little sister, Julie, to share with you. We had a rare opportunity to craft together recently and she showed me and my girls how to make these fun and super-sized pendants, pins and rings using glass stones, nail polish and jewelry findings. (Julie made all the pieces above.) Fun times like these make me wish we didn’t have 2.5 hours of drive time between us.

Read on to make your own bling. These make great gifts for kids to make for their moms, teachers and friends.


  • Glass stones measuring 1 1/2” in diameter
  • Clear nail polish and several other colors of your choice. (Polishes with a “krackle” effect work especially well for this project.)
  • E6000 adhesive glue
  • Adjustable ring, pendant and or pin backs

Step 1:
Cover the flat side of the stone with a base coat of clear nail polish. (All your painting will be on the flat side of the stone.) Let dry.

Step 2: If you want to create a random effect, apply a coat of “krackle” polish to the flat side of the  stone and watch it appear to crack as it dries. Then apply a coat of regular polish in a contrasting color to create an interesting two tone effect. Or, for a more more festive V-Day theme, paint a heart motif in the middle of the flat side of the stone. Let dry. Then apply a background color.

Step 3: Apply one more coat of clear nail polish to seal your design.

Step 4: Glue the painted side of your stone to the ring base, pendant or pin back and set aside to dry overnight.

Step 5: Sport your handmade bling around town and then get together with friends to make more.

Thanks for sharing this fun craft idea, Julie!

Dear readers, what Valentine’s Day crafts are you making this year? Please share ideas in the comments below.


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