Boo and I made the little charms shown above using Instagram photos and jumbo popsicle sticks. Aren’t they cute? We made a few photo magnets with them too for our chalkboard wall. (Just a tip: make sure to use neodymium scientific magnets.….they are super powerful. But keep them away from kids under the age of 3!)
They were so easy to make we made a “swarm” of them. Great for charm bracelets, pendants etc.
How did we do it? First I took jumbo sized popsicle sticks from the 99 cent store and cut them into square pieces. I used a razor to score both sides of the stick first and then actually cut through. This is the best way to cut them without weakening the wood.
I used a large (finger) nail file to sand the edges to make sure each piece was perfectly square and smooth:
I used a tiny drill bit on my household drill to drill a hole through the wood. Some of them I drilled at the corner (for charms) and others in the top middle (for pendants):
To easily and quickly resize the images I dragged them into Microsoft Powerpoint. You can use any other image editor if you don’t have Powerpoint.
(Note: if you have a Mac I bought the Microsoft Office Student-Teacher version for under $100…it was worth it.)
Once I printed off my images I carefully cut each one out….
….and glued each image to a wood square using Mod Podge. I also put a thin coat of Mod Podge over the images to keep the ink from running.
…..and put a thin layer on top. Once it was completely dry, I added one more layer. This gives the “resin” glazed look:
See how the glaze dries with a three dimensional look?
Once the squares were completely dry, I used a needle to poke through the glaze through the drilled hole and I added a simple jump ring!