I love a good arts and crafts project. I love one even better when I can involve my kids and do something fun for an upcoming trip, such as the #StrangeMagicEvent press trip I'll be on next week for the Strange Magic movie that releases on January 23rd.
We set out to make DIY Tile Necklace Pendants. At the end of the day, this is a craft that older kids can even do by themselves, but some of the materials can be messy, so the Type A in me always supervises the making of projects with messy materials.
What You'll Need
- square tiles
- pendant brackets
- super glue
- printed images for the tiles
- white glue
- paint brush
- Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Dimension Magic
What To Do
Use super glue or a similarly strong adhesive to mount the pendant brackets to the back side of the tiles. Let those brackets dry for at least 90 minutes before moving on to the next step.
Next, we printed our images. You can technically use just about any printed medium you can imagine (print out custom images, cut from a magazine, etc.). Because we were making necklaces to honor the upcoming Strange Magic movie, we used photos from the internet of Strange Magic. As a designer, I have access to programs like Adobe InDesign. While I used InDesign, you can use Word or another program if that's what you have. I made 1″ squares in my document and sized the images I wanted to print within those 1″ squares and them printed them on a thicker paper stock. I then trimmed around the image I wanted to mount to the tiles.
Using a thin layer of white glue, glue the image to the tile and press gently until your image is mounted evenly without bubbles or lumps. Set aside and let this dry for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Once the mounted image is dry, “wash” the front of the graphic with a thin layer of Mod Podge Gloss. Set aside and let this layer dry for at least 30 minutes. When you do the wash, make the layer light and as thin as possible so you don't damage the graphic. Too much “soaking” of the image will cause it to run.
Once that layer is dry, you have two options. If you like the look of the Mod Podge Gloss, you can give it another slightly thicker layer of gloss and let that dry and they you are done. If you like the “bubble” look, you can use the Mod Podge Dimension Magic to create a bubble dimension on top of your tile. Apply the Dimension Magic in a thin layer over the top of the graphic all the way to the edges.
Allow the Mod Podge layer to dry overnight.
Once the tile pendants are dry, you can hang the pendant on a necklace of any sort. We used cord necklaces for ours.