Introduction: DIY Pixelated Heart Pendant

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Pixelated games are all time popular, it reminds me of my childhood , mario brothers is my fav!

I was really excited about the 4 contest and was waiting to make something pixelated! I kept thinking and thinking but couldn't decide what to make. But finally I realized that it's the month of love and instructbales is getting filled with hearty ibles, so I couldn't wait any longer and made this pixelated heart pendant :)

This pendant is super easy to make and could be a sweet gift for your special one... don't just sit there, go make one!

You can also name this pendant as zelda heart or minecraft heart.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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To make pixelated heart you'll need:

1) Thick paper,
2) Pixelated heart template,
3) Scissor and anti-cutter,
4) Pencil and paint brush,
5) Glue (white glue or hot glue),
6) Fabric paint- red and black,
7) Clear nail polish,
8) Jump ring and chain necklace or thick string.

Step 2: Pixelated Heart Template

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You can create a pixelated heart template of your own or use the template I created. 

Print out the pixelated heart template in any size you want, 

Cut the heart out of the paper.

Step 3: Tracing & Cutting

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I used thick paper to make the pendant, you can use cereal box cover too,

Place the pixelated heart template on the thick paper and trace around the edges using a pencil.
Trace 3-4 pixelated hearts on the thick paper,

Cut out all the layers out of the thick paper using a scissor,
Use an anti-cutter to cut out the small square piece on one side of the heart, it's for attaching the jump ring.

Step 4: Gluing

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Now that you've cut out all the thick layers of pixelated heart, start gluing them one over another,

After gluing all the layers apply some glue around the edges/sides to get a smooth end.

Allow the glue to dry.

Step 5: Coloring

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I used red fabric paint for coloring as it is thicker than other paints (poster colors),

Apply at least 2 coats of red fabric paint on the heart pendant, make sure you paint it evenly on all sides,

Apply the second coat after the first coat dries.

Step 6: Pixelated Border

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Be very careful in this step, but you'll have to wait till the red paint is completely dry or else both colors (red and black) will get smudged together.

I used black fabric paint, size '0' and '6' paint brush  for the pixelated borders,

Use the size '0' paint brush to create & color the small squares around the border,

Also color the edges/sides of the pendant with black fabric paint.

Allow the paint to dry.

Step 7: Final Touch

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 After the fabric paint dries apply a coat of clear nail polish on the pendant to give it a shiny look.

Well, clear nail polish is great for coating, it'll keep your pendant from getting ruined as it is made of paper and gives it a glossy look.

Step 8: The Pendant

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You can buy jump rings but I think it's better to make jump rings for this pendant, because you'll need a relatively bigger jump ring for it.

Attach the jump ring on the square hole of the pendant and wear it on a string or chain necklace.

Wasn't that fun and easy!? I hope you enjoy making one and if you do please share a picture by clicking the 'I made it' button :)

Step 9: Bonus Templates

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You can make almost every pixelated game character pendant using this technique.

Here are some popular pixelated game character templates from pacman, space invaders...
The yellow marked area is the pendant hole for attaching jump ring, you'll have to cut this square hole out,
Print and cut out the templates, rest of the instructions are the same.



rümeysay (author)2015-02-24

guaj boya olmaz mı?

fluffycotton (author)2014-12-30

yet again I almost died cause this is super cute and so easy

percyyyyyyyy (author)2014-12-23

Cool idea!

786Ayesha (author)2014-03-21

Congratulations! here you go .....:D

RustPile (author)2014-03-02

Did anyone else instantly go "Pegboard Nerds!" when they saw this?

Superbender made it! (author)2014-02-23

Thanks for the inspiration. My kids and I made it with Pyssla, the Ikea beads that you iron together. Your instructable came just in time for valentines day :)

No problem, I love to share craft ideas! yours turned out awesome! they look so cute :)

bagnitsch (author)2014-02-09


Thank you!

dirtyharry65 (author)2014-02-06

you could also make one with hama beads or the fakes work just as well, for added affect and will make it more similar to a pixelised zelda heart use clear or glow in the dark beads I made one last year along with a link, zelda, ganon and triforce, Mario

Haven't tried hama beads yet, sounds like fun. I'll give it a try very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and for the suggestions :)

awesomness2002 (author)2014-02-06



786Ayesha (author)2014-02-06

Your ideas are cooool.

Thanks Ayesha!

lindarose92 (author)2014-02-06

This is so cute Muhaiminah! I love the technique you use about gluing more layers of paper instead of using thick cardboard!

Thanks so much linda! it's a fun and easy technique, TBH I'm not good with cardboard like you and Tarun.

I heard my name :)

yap, you sure did :p

Don't even say did such amazing jobs with cardboard, more than all the ones I did!!

very sweet of you! lets say we've all done our best with cardboard :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-06

Oh, how cute is that :). Love it. I agree with Linda, apparently all I want to say these days, she is saying it first for your ibles.. ha ha

haha the same happens to me! I was excited today because I realized that I was the first person looking at this ible as soon as Muhaiminah published it!

Thanks Tarun! I guess we all think alike, that's what I love about this community :)

Abigail02 (author)2014-02-06


Thanks! stay tuned, I might post more pixelated stuffs :D

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-02-06

Nice nice nice! Looks like I'm not the only one working on thick paper pendants :) Well, earrings at the moment actually :D

Thanks! yes, paper is the best crafting material!

eagerly waiting to see the earrings!

faiza007 (author)2014-02-06

what a cool instructable muhaiminah..!!and i must say..i agree with linda and tarun.. :P

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)faiza0072014-02-06

Thanks faiza! Happy to know :D

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