Welcome! It’s Day 7 of our Jewelry Around the World Promotion, and we’re so excited to share all of these DIY jewelry projects with you. You’ll be sure to love these Hungarian Folk-Style pendants because they’re simple and beautiful. Each design is so unique!
Hungarians prize folk art and crafts. Artists skilled at pottery, leather work, detailed embroidery, woodcarving, and blue-dying are highly respected. Most people know some basic craft skills and are happy to decorate their homes with handcrafted items. Using intricate decorations on everyday objects has become a part of life and folk arts have became part of the Hungarian national identity.
The inspiration for the Hungarian folk-style DIY necklace pendant came from my mother’s beautiful hand embroidered tablecloths.
I used readily available Hungarian folk style fonts (Kalocsai Flowers) and made a few of my own as well. Then, I transferred the line designs onto wood pendants which were then painted. I chose to use one color for each DIY jewelry design for a more modern look, however, you can make your necklace designs more colorful to stay true to the original inspiration.
Hungarian Folk-Style Painted DIY Pendant Tutorial
- round wood pendants 1-1/2 inch diameter (purchased mine from HERE)
- acrylic paint
- small paintbrush
- leather cord or waxed linen cord 1 mm size – 30 inches long/necklace
- printed pattern (print without page scaling or formatting) DOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE
- acrylic clear spray finish or a sealer of your choice
Print Hungarian folk-style patterns without page scaling or formatting. To download the PDF file, CLICK HERE.
Cut out each design and shade the back with a pencil.
Place on top of the pendant and trace the design with a pencil. Press down firmly as you are tracing it.
Paint designs using your choice of acrylic paint colors.
Allow the paint to dry for at least 20 minutes, and then use an acrylic clear sealer to spray the surface of each pendant, making sure to allow ample time for drying before moving on.
String leather or waxed linen cord through the hole in the pendant making sure the pendant is centered, tie a couple times and then tie off the ends.
Sadly, this is the final day of our Jewelry Around the World promotion. What countries would you like to see us feature next time?
Dora’s greatest achievements include being a stay at home mom to 5 children whom she home schools, volunteering as a Cub Scout leader and still managing to cook dinner on most days. She loves to read, craft, sew, make jewelry and toys for her children. Dora's projects has been published in a couple of books, Make Your Mark: Creative Ideas Using Markers, Paint Pens, Bleach Pens & More and Craft Camp, both are published by Lark Crafts. She shares (mostly) Hungarian recipes and different crafts on her blog - which she keeps purely as a creative outlet and not as a part time job.