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:

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
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:

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com
They are super easy to make. You can find these little wood pieces in the woodcraft/dollhouse section of the craft store.

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com
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).

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com
Then I took one of my favorite mediums, Golden Soft Gel…..

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com
….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….

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com
….and used my finger to rub off all the paper. The image is left behind in the gel.

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com
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.

Wooden Pendant Necklaces (and Keychain) Tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com
Just add a jump ring and a some leather cord or string and you have a perfect gift for someone special!



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  1. 1

    Hi cool tutorial! What did you wet the back with after it dried? Was it regular H20 or the gel medium again? It looked kind of thick and I wasn't sure. Thanks!

  2. 2

    Man you're so cool. Sigh.

  3. 3
    peace.love.applesauce says:

    Love them!

  4. 4

    SOOOO fabulous!

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6
    littlecumulus says:

    Wow, I'm in love. I hope you win the contest! Definitely bookmarking this one. :)

  7. 7
    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!

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love how the project turned out.

  10. 10

    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!

  11. 11

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

  12. 12
    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    This is such a fabulous tutorial and project. I'll be featuring!!

  13. 13

    This is so fun, I can't wait to try it.

  14. 14
    Sonja, Queen of Crafts says:

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

  15. 15
    the thrifty ba says:

    gel medium is now on my shopping list for tomorrow! i will let you know how it goes!

  16. 16

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

  17. 17
    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.

  18. 18
    Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

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

  19. 19

    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.

  20. 20
    CraftCrave says:

    Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [08 Feb 04:00pm GMT]).

  21. 21
    Theweddingbandcompany says:

    Great tutorial. The robot necklace is really amazing.
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  22. 22
    HJC Editor says:

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  23. 23

    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!

  24. 24

    That’s such a cool technique. They look great!

  25. 25

    I was able to use this tutorial for our Diary of a Wimpy Kid party! Thank you for the tutorial. You can check it out here if you like http://blog.capscreations.com/2011/08/diary-of-wimpy-kid-party.html

  26. 26

    I love this idea and tutorial.
    Thanks for taking the time to post it up.
    I have included it in a list of tutorials for Christmas.
    You can see it here….
    … if you like.
    Thanks again. Ally on harrysdesk

  27. 27

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

  28. 28

    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?

  29. 30
    Rebecca says:

    how/where do you get the latitude and longitude?

  30. 31
    Rebecca says:

    does this only work with black toner, or any color toner?

  31. 32
    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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