Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kid Craft: Mother's Day Pendants

Move over macaroni necklace, there's a new piece of jewelry to make for Mother's Day. Not that I have anything against the macaroni necklace, I've made a few in my day. But if you're looking for a more updated mother's day kid craft, this is it. Much like the macaroni necklace, this pendant is also made out of humble supplies. The metal base is actually the end of a crescent roll container!

I recommend this craft for children 5 and up. It definitely requires adult supervision and depending on the age, you may need to do some of the steps. That said, try to make it the child's project as much as possible. Let them pick out the images and accents for the pendant. Don't forget to have fun!

Supplies:
Aleene's Paper Glaze - you could also use Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Metal lids from crescent roll containers - pictured above
Jewelry Bails - easy to find at the craft store
Decorative paper - scrapbook paper, magazine clippings, clip art
Embellishments - rhinestones, beads, buttons, etc. . .
Cardboard - from a cereal box or other packaging
E6000 Glue
Decoupage glue
Paint brush
Scissors
Place metal lid on cardboard. Trace onto cardboard. Cut out. Glue inside metal lid.

Create and glue a mini collage on top of cardboard. Cover with a light coat of decoupage. Let dry.

Once dry, add a light coat of paper glaze on top. Spread out with tip of container or a paint brush. Remove any bubbles by poking them with a pin. Let dry overnight.

If you add too much paper glaze it will dry cloudy and not clear (pictured above). This was one of my prototypes for this project.

Glue jewelry bail on back of pendant with E6000 glue. Let dry overnight. This step should be done by an adult.

Eiffel Tower image from The Graphics Fairy

There are a lot of possibilities with these pendants. Make magnets, pins, cards and whatever else you can think of with them. They're not just for Mother's Day.

11 comments:

Dina said...

How clever! I love these little pendants. I teach 2nd grade and would love to make these for Mother's day. Do you think photographs of the kids would work? The only problem is that I'd need to eat a lot of crescent rolls. :-)

Dina

Zakka Life said...

Dina,

I think photos would work fine. Great idea! Just ask the parents to bring in the lids for you.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Cute! I love Dimensional Magic pendants BIG TIME!

Joy said...

Awesome! I'll have to try this with my little guy... Maybe I'll forward it to my husband so he and the toddler can make it for me :)

Kim Taylor said...

I know what you mean about eating the crescent rolls! LOL I have been an elementary art teacher and found that the best thing is to post a sign in the lounge asking for what you need; or put it in your newsletter or ask other teachers also :) I am going to start saving the crescent roll ends now! :)

Sweet Floweret said...

SUCH a great idea!
I am starting my own linky party this Tuesday! It's the first one. I would love it if you would participate! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.
Tina Watschke
http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com/

Danna said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing

Danna

ReUseItNut said...

What a great project! Looks store bought...thanks for sharing...

Jenn Erickson said...

What an incredible, artful repurposing project! The way you layered the vintage-looking images made for some very beautiful pendants! Sharing a link with my FB readers and on Pinterest.

Jenn

Anna M. said...

Brilliant, much better than macaroni.

Michelle L. said...

Yay, so cute and BIG! I love this, and looks like much fun for the littles!

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