Mother’s day is around the corner and I can’t think of a more sentimental gift than one made by the hands of the human she made… Okay, that came off a little strange, but you know what I mean!
Here’s a quick and colorful, semi-homemade gift perfect for those special women in your life!
What you’ll need:
- brass lockets (as many as you plan to make)
- brass chains (make sure the clasp is either removable or small enough to fit through the eye of the locket)
- nail polish
- photos of you and your mother (or grandmother)
Begin by choosing a nail polish shade (or several) to coat the face of the locket. (Your mom’s or grandma’s favorite color could be a nice choice.) Bright, matte shades will work best, as opposed to pearlescent or gloss lacquers. You’ll only need one thick coat—and don’t worry about bumps and bubbles, they should smooth out as the polish dries.
Tip: You can find brass lockets at your local craft store but plenty of Etsy shops offer them much cheaper in packs of 3 or 5.
Allow the lockets to dry for at least 5 hours. I realize most polishes are “quick dry” these days, but the thick coat won’t dry as fast when applied to metal, so have patience (unless you want your fingerprints to be a personalized touch!).
Now it’s time to choose a photo. If it’s a photo of you and your mother or grandmother, try to find images with your heads close together. Otherwise, most standard lockets allow you to insert a photo on both sides, so you can have you on one side and your mother or grandmother on the other.
Most lockets I found tend to fit about a 1″ x 1″ photo. You can cut directly out of distance photographs or scale down headshots to roughly that size. Download the template I used here, and don’t worry about cutting a perfect circle or oval—you won’t see the edges anyway.
Slip the chain into the eye of the locket and “presto!” Your mother or grandmother will have a little piece of you wherever she goes!
I have my mother’s photo in mine, and she has a photo of me and her mother in her locket.
Enjoy and have a happy Mother’s Day!