Egyptian Pendant Necklaces

The inspiration for these came from a trip to the​ library with the family. I happened upon a really fabulous book of motifs; 4000 Animal, Bird and Fish Motifs: A Sourcebook by Graham Leslie McCallum. This book is filled to the brim with dynamic images from across a wide range of historical periods. I highly recommend this book for the loads of inspiration it will bring!

This project is made from salt dough. Salt dough is a really fun, albeit time consuming medium. I will argue that it's totally worth it. You can read more about my love affair with salt dough here.

This project could easily be done with cardboard to save yourself time! Read on!


*Salt dough


*Pom Poms

*Large needle

*Hot glue/gun

*Parchment paper

*Half cookie sheet


*Gold and bronze acrylic paint

*Egyptian Templates


1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Make salt dough. Mix 2 cups of flour with 1 cup of warm water and 1 cup of salt. You are looking for a play dough like consistency. It should not stick to your hands. Add more flour if it's too wet, more water if too dry. 

2. Lay parchment paper out. Roll salt dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out template and lay on salt dough. Trace around salt dough with a knife. Use a spoon or blunt edge object to create the face, body and designs of the pendants. Use a skewer to create string holes in the top of the pendant.

3. Cook salt dough for about 3 hours. It should be hard and inflexible when you touch it.

The lower holes are not necessary unless you'd like to string beads. We opted to glue on pom poms instead! Much easier for little hands!

4. Once the pendants are cooked and completely cooled, paint in your choice of color. We choose acrylic paint in gold and bronze for an antique look!

5. After paint has dried, thread the holes of the pendants. Use a large needle to string pom poms. 

6. Tie the ends and STRUT.