Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wooden Toddler Locket Tutorial

One of my favorite little girls just turned two the other day so I wanted to make her a very special birthday present.  She LOVES playing with my necklaces, particularly my locket.  Whenever she sees me wearing it, she says, "Open! Open!"  I thought it would be nice to make her her own little locket.  This is what I came up with.

I spent quite a bit of time brainstorming on how to make this kid safe.  I even enlisted some help from my husband.  We started by taking a wooden heart and a wooden circle and drilling a hole partway though the middle of each piece.  I then glued a magnet into the center (NOTE: use a strong magnet!)  This will hold the two pieces together but allow for them to be easily "opened" by little hands.  You should also drill a hole on the top to tie the ribbon on.

Next, I printed out a picture of her mom and dad as well as a picture of her and her little brother.  I used Mod Podge to glue the pictures onto the wooden pieces, over the magnets.  Notice how I cut one picture to fit behind the heart.

Once this was dry, I painted the rest of the wooden pieces around the pictures.  Next, I used more paint to decorate the front of the heart.

Finally, I sealed the whole piece with Mod Podge.  Once dry, I tied a long piece of ribbon on that can easily be slipped over her head.

That's it!  She liked it a lot.  I told you to use a strong magnet because mine wasn't quite strong enough and the front heart tended to fall off when she was playing.


  1. This is SO cute! You are seriously one of the most creative people I know! Each of your pieces is so unique and original!

  2. That is such a brillant idea!

  3. What a sweet idea! All of the sentiment of a locket but without the fussy bits that toddler hands couldn't manage.

  4. Oh my, this is such an adorable idea! I will be stealing it, just FYI!

  5. This is a really cute idea! How fun.

  6.'s cute.
    Thanks for the idea and the tutorial.


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