Friday, September 2, 2011

Mini Polaroid Necklace



This mini polaroid photo necklace is kind of my version of the old photo locket.  It was really easy to make and uses the same basic method as the photo magnets.  This would be a great gift for Grandma! 

Supplies:
Mini Photo
Small Glass Tile
Necklace Bail
Mod  Podge
Exacto Knife
Cutting Mat
Foam Brush
Pick your photo and crop it to an 8x10 landscape.  You will want a tiny print for your necklace.  I right-clicked and copied the photo from my computer and pasted it in to a Word document.  Then shrunk it to about 0.7" wide.  You could also crop your photo to a square but I thought that the polaroid look was more fun.  Just make sure that you leave a solid border or the rounded edges of the glass will distort the sides of the photo.
Place your glass tile (I found mine here) over your photo and center it how you would like it to appear when it is finished.  Hold it in place with one hand and with your other hand use the knife to cut just along the edge of the tile.  You can also trace around the tile with a pencil and cut it out with scissors but it is a lot more difficult to get close so you will have a lot more to trim away.
Trim the photo down until it fits perfectly.
Using the paint brush apply a later of Mod Podge on the photo and place the tile on top.  You will want hold the picture when you push the tile down or your photo will stick to the surface it is on.  Carefully push out as many bubbles as you can.  It is okay if it appears cloudy - it will dry clear.
Flip it over and apply another layer of Mod Podge to the back of the photo to seal it.  Glue the bail in place (also purchased here).  Allow everything to dry then add your pendant to a chain.

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28 comments:

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Megan! this is super cute - I love the vintage-feeling, polaroid-shaped design!

The Johnson Familia said...

love it. i hope to order one when you are up and running!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Love this! The polaroid look will never go "out of style". Saw you over at TT&J :)

Red Couch Recipes said...

Megan -- this is so cute and personal. Joni

Andrea said...

that is so cute! just found your blog! it's so cute, looking forward to catching up on some of your posts.

Michele @ {Primp} said...

so cute--i love polaroids. This is very unique, I would love to know when you have this in your shop. Also, if you have time I would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week (going on now)

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is great Megan. I love the retro feel of the polaroid look and what an awesome family photo!

Coley said...

I love the look of the polaroid and love the thought of being able to wear a photo!

Tammie said...

I love this, and I agree, the look of polaroid make it even better!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

I've seen lots of necklaces like this, but the polaroid shape kicks butt. Love it.

Stacy Curran said...

Simply adorable. What would we do without mod podge!?
Stacy

Seaweed and Raine said...

That's cool! :) You've gotta love twist on pendants.

megan said...

this is amazing. I love poloroids. what a fabulous gift idea!!!

refresh reStyle said...

Love it, I love polaroids too!
Debbie

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Such a cute idea! Those square tiles are perfect for this project. Great job!

Stephanie said...

That is so cute! What a great gift idea!

GretchenP said...

nice! congrats on a tt&j feature! :) i die for that mohawk.. and red too! double awesome! :)

Ashley said...

o so cute!!! love the chain too

Tiffany said...

Love this idea! I just pinned it :o)

bailey k. said...

such a cute idea! and i love the photo. :)

Cheryl @That's What Che Said said...

Absolutely Love this! Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower!

Patricia Torres said...

oh my gosh.. so super cute!! Im following you now.. Hope you'll say hi to me at colours dekor.. :-)

Nellene said...

I love this so much! The ideas are endless...make a keychain, charm for wedding bouquet, pet tag, wine glass charm...Thanks for your sharing your secret! I know what everyone is getting from me for a gift...

Amy Anderson said...

SO cute! I'm a huge fan of Polaroids!! This is awesome.

sllvncookie@aol.com said...

So cute I had camera like that around this house somewhere .OH lordy wish me luck finding it..lol,lol, Like your Blog all so..Great Job !!

Catherine Chandonait said...

I love this idea! I am going to Africa this summer and trying to do a fundraiser. I was thinking that I could use this idea.have you sold any? And how much did you charge for them?

Kirsten Oliphant said...

Saw this on pinterest and love it! great idea! Also love your blog. :)

Andrew Campbell said...

This is a really lovely gift idea and it’s so easy to make – who wouldn’t want to wear a piece of jewellery like this? It’s such a good idea – thanks for your great post, Megan! There are so many embellishment ideas you could come up with, although the basic design is perfect on its own.