Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial

This was my entry into week 7’s “gift” theme in the SYTYC contest. These are some small gifts I made for Christmas presents. I transferred images onto small pieces of wood and made them into necklaces, bracelets and key chains. I love them because they can be for girls, boys, adults or children. Each piece is about 1” tall and matched with coordinating leather cord or a key chain attachment.

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here are a few I made the kiddos….a robot necklace for my nephew (you can get the robot image here), a star-shaped super hero necklace and a princess and frog necklace with a distressed image from the movie for Sienna:

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I made one for myself too…..a distressed piece with the latitude and longitude coordinates of where my husband, myself and my daughter were born:

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They are super easy to make. You can find these little wood pieces in the woodcraft/dollhouse section of the craft store.

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I printed out some tiny images and took them to the office store to be copied in reverse (you have to use a copier because of the dry toner).

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Then I took one of my favorite mediums, Golden Soft Gel…..

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….and spread a thin layer on one of the wood pieces.

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com
Then I placed one of the images face down onto the gel, burnished it with the end of a paint brush, and then let it dry.

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

Once it was dry I wet the back with water….

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….and used my finger to rub off all the paper. The image is left behind in the gel.

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Then I marked the top center and drilled a small hole using a tiny drill bit. You can spray or coat with varnish after this step if you like.

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Just add a jump ring and a some leather cord or string and you have a perfect gift for someone special!


  1. Tara says

    What a great tutorial. I have some scrabble pieces to use. This will be fun. Oh and thanks for the email. It helped. You always help. LOL Thanks.

  2. Donna @ Mudpies and Memories says

    I love these! I especially love that I can make one for my son. He gets neglected in the handmade goodies department. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. kumorris says

    Excellent tutorial, I love the latitude and longitude pendant, and the instructional photos on such a colorful background make it a pleasure to the eye too. I posted a link on CraftGossip.

  4. Pascale says

    Great idea!
    I've tried medium gel before but was never really successful at it. I'll try your method, putting the gel on the surface to be transferred on rather than on the picture to be transferred, which always resulted in the picture bleeding…
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kelly says

    What a satisfying little tute! Thanks so much for making something so cool be sooooo simple.

  6. Sonja, Queen of Crafts says

    Such a cool idea… should try that out. Need some stuff for upcoming kids' birthday party!

  7. Randi says

    I love that necklace with the latitude/longitude coordinates … what a fun idea! Definitely have to make one. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. asnipofgoodness says

    This idea is sooooo cute, and the possibilities are endless! I love the coordinates idea too, very cool! Thanks so much for sharing, and happy New Year.

  9. Rachel@oneprettything.com says

    Wow, I love this! The coordinates are really fun. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

  10. Jill says

    Hi! I used your tutorial to make some dice for myself for a free "print and play" game I'm going to try right after I finish washing my dogs today. Here's the game: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/57139/infection-express and a picture of the patterns I used for the dice: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/608938/infection-express. Except these are in black and white and I used a color marker around the edges of the blocks to denote the color instead. It should be fun, especially since I love the game it's based on.

  11. Cathy says

    Hello, Do you know if this would work on other things instead of wood? I am actually thinking a large eraser. Would the image adhere? Thanks so much for any help!

  12. Adelle says

    This is awesome! Can you use the ‘gloss’ golden soft gel? Or just the ‘matte’?

  13. Adelle says

    I’m finally going to try this project! Do they have to be finished with varnish, or is a beeswax polish okay? And from the looks of the robot one and others, you painted the wood first before putting on the soft gel and transfer?

  14. Kris Connelly says

    I love this idea! I am not familiar with the gel medium you used and wondered if ther is something else I can use in place of it if I’m only working on one project! Thanks!


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