Welcome to the Happiness is Handmade DIY Gift Ideas Hop! I've teamed up with seventeen other fabulous bloggers to bring you EIGHTEEN awesome DIY gift ideas perfect for gift giving this holiday season! You'll find links to all the wonderful DIY gifts at the bottom of the post. Plus, as an added bonus, we're giving away $180 PayPal cash to one lucky winner! You can use the money to purchase supplies for any of these gifts or whatever your heart desires!
I don't know about you, but I love DIY'ing gifts for Christmas and other occasions. There's nothing more personal and meaningful than a thoughtful handmade gift. Every year I like to make my mother and mother in law a gift that is from my kids. In year's past I've made calendars and coaster, but this year I decided to make something completely different, I made jewelry.
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Here's what you'll need to make your own personalized glass bead necklaces:
- Decorative Glass Beads (Buy them at the Dollar Store, they are much cheaper!)
- 182.8 cm Chain (I used Silver)
- Jump Rings
- Lobster Clasps
- Glue on Bails
- Mod Podge and Gorilla Glue (Did you know Target now has 4oz tubes of Mod Podge in the Dollar Spot?!?!)
- Needle nose pliers
- Scrapbook paper
First, find a picture that you want to use and resize it to fit your bead. I used PicMonkey to size my picture down to 75 x 109 and also change it from color to black and white. Make sure you have the "Keep Proportions" option checked.
Cut your picture down to size then paint a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the back of your bead. Place picture on Mod Podge and press firmly to get rid of any bubbles an extra glue.
Cut a piece of scrapbook paper and apply it the same way over top your picture. This finishes the back and also helps to avoid the gorilla glue from bleeding through your picture. Do not skip this step!
Add a lobster clasp to one of the jump rings.
Now that I've shared my handmade gift it's time for the giveaway! Just enter through the rafflecopter below, but don't forget to check out the other 17 great DIY gift ideas before you leave.