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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Personalized Glass Bead Necklace {Happiness is Handmade Blog Hop}



Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!

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.
Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!

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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?!?!)
- Printer
- Scissors
- 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.

Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!

Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!

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.

Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!

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!
Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!
Now that your bead is done you'll need to cut your chain to whatever length you desire.  Using needle nose pliers pull apart two jump rings and add them to each end of your chain.
Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!
Add a lobster clasp to one of the jump rings. 
 Then glue on a bail using gorilla glue and you're done!



Turn glass beads into a personalized pendant necklace, perfect for gift giving!


Glass bead turned pendant necklace

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.



13 comments:

  1. I just LOVE this, Katie! I didn't know you could get those hook things that were flat so you could glue them on. I have a bajillion of these glass beads in my craft stash and now I can finally use them! Thanks girl.

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  2. I absolutely adore this Katie!!! SO creative!

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  3. This is so cute Katie!! Would be so perfect for a stocking stuffer :)

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  5. So adorable! What a special gift :) I have a load of glass beads lying around too so now I know what to do!

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  6. So cute!! I love this idea, and I love that it's a necklace! Such a fun gift idea. :) Thanks for the giveaway, too!

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  7. This is such a unique idea! I love it!!! Great tutorial and your pictures rock!

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  8. Yes, this is a perfect DIY gift! It's amazing all the different uses for those glass beads. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Love this idea! I know some Grandma's that would be giddy to get something like this!

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  10. Katie, what a sweet gift idea! There are so many people who'd love to get something handmade like this. It's so special.

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  11. This is such a cute idea, Katie! Your kids are adorable too.

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  12. So, so sweet, Katie! I love it! I know so many people who would absolutely adore this as a gift. Thanks for the idea, friend!

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