This Mother's photo necklace makes a personalized, cherished gift for Mom. This craft project is fast and easy.
Photos of the children are decoupaged on to wooden beads. There are many variations to make the necklace. I mainly explain how to decoupage on the photos on to wooden beads, but the creativity on making the necklace is up to you. You could add on any type of bead you choose to make a really unique necklace. Or, make this into a bracelet!
If there is only one child, a flat wooden disc bead would look great hanging solo on the necklace, just decoupage the photo on the same way. And if you can't quite find the right shape bead or color you are looking for, just make some beads out of polymer clay! (If you would like more information on working with polymer clay, please check out my Tips and Techniques article)
Begin your Mother's photo necklace by reducing the size of
your child's photos to fit on the beads you are using. You
can use photo software to do this. If possible, also use the
crop function in the shape of a circle. You may need to print a few
test copies to play around with the correct size. If you do
not have photo editing software, you can always crop the picture out
yourself with scissors, and reduce the photo using the printer
settings. Print the pictures out on regular printer paper,
not photo paper. Photo paper tends to be too thick for
decoupage, and you will get a nicer result with thin printer paper.
Just make sure to set your printer to the heaviest ink volume and
"best" quality to get the best looking picture.
Cut out each tiny photo. Apply some decoupage
medium to the surface of the bead using a paintbrush. Then,
apply the photo to the bead, pressing down the edges well.
Then, follow up with a coat of decoupage medium on top of the
photo and the rest of the bead. Allow to dry.
3. Now you can thread on your beads to the necklace cord, adding on any additional beads you choose. Use your creativity! Add a jewelry fastener of choice and your necklace is complete.