Instagram Necklace

This is fun DIY folks.  Are you digging instagram like I am these days?  I'm having so much fun playing with filters and sharing my stylish pictures instantly with my friends.  I'm such a visual person, so thumbing through all my instagram friends images is quite addictive.  I love how nothing really needs to be said or explained.  It's fascination having a peak into someones else instant life.  I'm amused and entertained by what people share on instagram.  It's quite revealing.

Sometimes I think my instagram pictures are some of the best pictures I take.  I think a lot of it has to do with the unplanned nature of taking a picture with your phone.  It can be whipped out in a seconds notice and then that spontaneous moment in time is captured.

I decided it would be fun to have a modern twist on the traditional locket.  So, here's my Instagram Necklace. This is a two sided locket that fits 1 1/4" square images, perfect for instagrams.  For now, mine has 2 images from the 4th of July.  We were in Carlsbad, NM for the 4th.  The first is my beautiful kids and the second is some fireworks.  The beauty of this necklace is that you can trade out the pictures whenever you want.

1 Beading Landing (Bezels, Frames, and Filigree) Square Pendant  - available at Michaels
1 42" length of metal chain (Blue Moon Beads, Oval chain in Burn Silver) - available at Joannes
Needle nose pliers
Two 1 1/4" square images (Instagrams!)
Oh, and I added the cute little camera charm - available at Target for $4.99

I'm sorry you are going to have to actually go to the store for these items.  I looked all over the internet and couldn't find either the square pendant or chain.  Sorry friends I tried. Oh, but these items where very inexpensive. I got the pendant for $2.40 and the chain for $2.40 (both bought with 40% off coupons).

Here's what you do:
1.   From a mac, in iphoto, select the instagram image you would like to print.  In the print window, go  to Print Size and select custom. Then enter 1.25 " by 1.25".
2.   Print the image on photo paper.
3.   Cut out your 2 images.
4.   Place them back to back in the pendant.
5.   Measure the length you would like your necklace to be.  Mine is about 36".
6.   Remove one link from the chain and slip it onto the top of the pendant  (leave the link open).
7.   Then attach that open link to one end of the chain and using the pliers pinch it closed.
8.   And finally, close the necklace by attaching the lose end of the chain to the link you just attached.

I've been wearing mine a lot this week.  Does this look like a project you might attempt?

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  1. Wow I love this!! I'm off to browse ebay for some lockets!

  2. Love it!!! soo cute! thanks for the tutorial
    --Rebecca, NYC

  3. This is such a cool idea! Love that you chose the sparkle/bokeh photo too! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist


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