DIY: Musical AlphaGems

I recently have made what I have decided to call “Musical AlphaGems.”  These fun little gems have many uses: they fit well on my DIY Silent Mini Keyboards and also work well on paper printed of the staff (such as this one by Susan Paradis, which is pictured in the second photo below).

I got the inspiration for these Musical AlphaGems from those little magnets that have been so popular over the last couple of years (see this blog article).   

The Musical AlphaGems in the pictures here do not have magnets; although I suppose if you have a magnetic staff board of some kind, it would make sense to make magnetic Musical AlphaGems.

Here’s how you can make your own:


  • Clear glass gems (each approx. 1/2 inch in diameter)
  • cardstock paper (color is optional)
  • acrylic spray
  • clear silicone adhesive (sticks well to glass and is less smelly than other strong glues – I strongly recommend it)
  • small workspace covered with some newspaper
  • scissors


  1. Print the printable onto a sheet of cardstock paper.
  2. Before cutting out the circles from the printable, spray the backside of the cardstock paper with a few coats of acrylic spray.  This will help seal the paper and make your gems last longer.
  3. Using a pair of scissors, cut out the circles from the printable.  Depending on the gems you buy, you may need to cut out the circles more tightly than the dotted lines indicate.  Too small is better than too big.
  4. Examine each glass gem before using to check for imperfections.  Toss any that are chipped or have odd designs that might affect how easily you can read the alphabet letter through the glass.
  5. Put a dab of silicone glue on the bottom of a glass gem and then gently press the gem onto a cut-out circle so that the printed alphabet letter shows through the glass.  Gently wipe the gem’s edges on the newspaper workspace to remove any excess glue.  Allow the gems to dry upside down.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the gems.

Click here to download the Musical AlphaGems pdf printable, which includes the instructions for making your own Musical AlphaGems.

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One Comment

  1. Emma
    Posted 10 March 2017 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Where did you get such clear gems? I just bought some at Michael’s, but they’re a bit cloudy looking.

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  • […] easily use them for game pieces! These gems were inspired by ColorinMyPiano back in 2010, with her “Musical AlphaGems”. Check out Joy’s blog post for a free downloadable PDF with instructions to make these […]

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