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Monday, December 10, 2012

Turn Your Children's Artwork into Jewelry - Simple Gifts

Do you have a particularly darling piece of artwork that your child has made and would like some way to preserve it and even possibly show it off?  Or how about share it with Grandma or Aunt Susie?  You can easily turn your child's artwork into a pendant!  All it takes is a few art supplies! 

  • Scanned or photographed artwork
  • Glass pebbles or stones from Dollar Tree or other floral supply/aquarium supply places
  • Printed artwork (see below)
  • Aleene's Clear Tacky craft glue
  • One glue-on bail per pendant (see instructions HERE)
  • Mod Podge
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Clear spray paint or clear nail polish.
First, you will need to scan or photograph your child's artwork and save the image to your computer.  You can also take it to Walmart and use their photo printing machines to make tiny photos.  If you download it to your computer, use either Microsoft Word or photo software such as Picasa (free) to resize and retouch the picture.  You will likely need to boost the saturation and contrast to make the colors more vivid. Use the setting that prints showing the entire photo. 

Print out photos in 1 x 1 inch or 1.5 x 1.5 inch squares.  Cut out each photo, and leave enough room so that a little paper is available to stick out on each side of the photo.
Coat the back of the glass marble with the clear tacky glue.  You can use Mod Podge, but it risks smearing the ink because Mod Podge takes longer to dry.  Press the glass to the photo firmly so that the entire photo is adhered to the back of the pebble and there are no bubbles.  

Allow to dry completely, at least a couple of hours.  Once dry, trim excess paper from around glass, and apply 2 thin coats of Mod Podge.  Thin coats are better than thick coats because they take longer to dry and can cause the colors to deteriorate if too much is applied.  
Allow to dry thoroughly between each coat of Mod Podge.  Once dry, secure glue-on bail to the back of the pendant, making sure that the stem and bail stick up at an appropriate point to make the pendant hang straight.  Again, allow to dry thoroughly.  
Once the glue-on bail has completely dried (I recommend 24 hours), coat the entire back of the pendant with either spray-on clear acrylic spray paint (I use Walmart's generic brand) or coat with clear nail polish.  Doing so will give a nearly waterproof seal, as Mod Podge is water soluble and can eventually come off if not sealed.  Allow to dry thoroughly.  

Once completely dry, flip over, and string your wonderful creation on ribbon, chain, a leather cord, or satin rat tail cord.  It will become a darling, personalized keepsake to show off your child's artwork!


  1. Fabulous idea for charm bracelet/necklace, collecting works (art, writings, photos, etc.) in a lovely way! Make one for you, your child and each grandmother or godmother. I love this idea!

    1. Thanks, Fran! You can also make them into refrigerator magnets. Skip the glue-on bail and instead glue a magnet to the back.

      OR (because I'm ADDing this morning) you can make it an interchangeable necklace by gluing a bail to a 2 inch metal washer. Then glue a magnet to the back of each glass pebble. Stick the magnet side of the pebble to the washer, and then change them out for whatever picture from the child suits your mood.

      The great thing about this is that the more abstract the artwork, the prettier it is!