If you’re looking for a special DIY gift idea for mom or grandma, look no further than this DIY charm picture bracelet. Filled with pictures of all their favorite people, this bracelet is the kind of gift that will make her cry tears of joy!
I love DIY gifts. They’re truly my favorite kind of present because they hold so much more meaning and sentimental value for me since someone took the time to create them for me.
I’m in “gift-making mode” right now and was just coming off of making these great DIY Photo Gifts when inspiration struck. Why not make photo bracelets?
Any mom or grandma would love to get one of these filled with pictures of the ones they love. This is actually a super simple tutorial, so break out your pictures and let’s get started. Special handmade gifts like this one are perfect for Mother’s Day or ANY holiday!
I know any mom or grandma will love getting this personalized gift for any holiday. In fact, this is the kind of gift that will make them cry
DIY Charm Picture Bracelet
You will need a few specific craft supplies for this one, but once you gather those, the instructions are fairly simple. You might even want to order enough for more than one of these bracelets because I am sure everyone on your list will want one of these custom photo bracelets.
Here’s what you’ll need to gather for this picture bracelet craft. I’ve included a few handy links to help you find certain items faster.
- Frame charms (I used 6 of these or two packs.)
- Printed pictures (Just on regular copy paper.)
- Craft knife
- Mod Podge
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Toggle and closure set
- Silver jump rings
- Jewelry pliers
Custom Picture Bracelet Instructions
The process for making this bracelet is simple. So even if you’ve never made jewelry before, you can make this!
Measure your frame charms and print your pictures to the approximate correct size. Trim away excess paper.
Push the picture into the frame with your finger.
Use the craft knife to mark all around the outside edge. Do not try to cut all the way through the picture at this point.
Remove the picture from the frame and use either the craft knife or scissors to trim all the way around the picture. Test and make sure it will fit properly into your frame.
Adhere the photos to the frames using Mod Podge. Be sure to coat the top of the picture very well and allow time to dry completely.
Note: I recommend doing 2 to 3 coats on the top of the photo to seal it well. This will prevent the images in your picture bracelet from yellowing over time.
Add a coat of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and allow it to dry completely. You can fill the frames with this product for a finished look.
Once dry, use your pliers to add jump rings in between the frames.
Using jump rings, add the toggle and closure to the ends of the bracelet.
Your handmade picture bracelet gift is now complete!
Photo gifts are always a huge hit with moms and grandmas. And a wonderful charm photo bracelet like this one helps her keep all her favorite people close to her heart at all times.
Here are a couple of questions that I see readers ask about using this DIY gift idea. If you have a question, please check to see if I’ve already answered it below. Don’t see your question? Leave it for me in the comments!
What other types of photos can I use in a charm picture bracelet?
Will this gift idea work if you don’t want to use pictures of kids? Yes!
I thought I would give you a few other ideas so you have all sorts of excuses to make photo bracelets for everyone on your list.
Try making picture bracelets with pictures of:
- Vacation destinations
- The beach
- Relatives that have passed away
- Relaxing photographs
- Geometric patterns
- Photos with letters to spell a word
Let your imagination run wild and create all sorts of photo bracelets for those you love!
How many charms should be on a bracelet?
I will leave that up to you! I put six photo charms on my picture bracelet, but you could use different charms or build the bracelet out differently and not use as many charms.
One of the best parts of making your own jewelry is that you really get to make what you want (or what your mom would prefer)!
Would printing the pictures on cardstock make them more durable?
No, not for this project. I do like to print things on cardstock to help them withstand wear and tear. However, the charms do a great job of protecting the photos, and sealing them with Mod Podge protects them even more.
Using cardstock would make it harder for you to get the photos into the charms and wouldn’t provide any additional benefit.
Grab your supplies and get started on your own version of this DIY charm picture bracelet. I know you will love one for yourself as well as a few to give as gifts.
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- Measure your frame charms, then print your pictures as close as you can to the correct size. Trim any excess paper away.
- Use your finger to push the picture into the frame.
- Take the craft knife and use it to mark all around the outside edge. Avoid cutting entirely through the picture.
- Remove the picture from the frame and trim all the way around the picture so that it fits snugly into the charm without having excess.
- Use Mod Podge to adhere the photos to the frames. Be sure to coat the top of the picture with 2-3 coats and allow time to dry completely after each coat.
- Add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and allow it to dry completely.
- After the photos dry, add jump rings in between the frames with your pliers.
- Using jump rings, attach the toggle and closure to the ends of the bracelet. Your photo bracelet is complete!