Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

Do you remember when charm bracelets used to be a big thing? I love the idea of creating custom jewelry that tells your life story. I started seeing glass lockets pop up in my feeds on various social media sites and thought they were absolutely adorable. The only problem was that they were pretty pricey. The DIY voice inside my head kept telling me, there has to be a way that you can make something similar for a fraction of the cost. So I went on the hunt! Visiting all of my local craft stores determined to recreate a floating charm locket on a budget.

Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

My first stop was Hobby Lobby, if anyone was going to have anything similar it was going to be them. And sure enough, I found a good assortment of charms to choose from. The only problem was that the locket and chain were both sold out. I still decided to snag some charms using the 40% off coupon that I had on my mobile. I choose the Travel, Beauty, Baseball, and Acrylic Stones in Black/White packs. I wanted to mix and match the various floating charms to create my own custom glass locket. Hobby Lobby’s glass lockets are called “Story Lockets” by Charm Me. Each charm pack except for the acrylic stones comes in a pack of 5 for $3.99, considering the pricier alternative this is a great deal! I also picked up a state charm that I will pair with my glass memory locket.

Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

With my floating charms in hand, I was still on the hunt for the actual locket to house these beauties. Several stores later, I went into Michael’s as that was the one place I hadn’t thought to look. I finally found the glass locket and snagged the last one. This Story Locket by Blue Moon Beads is silver with rhinestones around the face. It was $8.99 but I did pair it with a mobile coupon from their app. They were sold out of the chains that went with the lockets, so I went searching for a chain that I could use with it. My Mom found the Charmalong necklaces by Bead Landing. It comes with two different length chains, one 18 in. and the other 24 in. This is perfect for adding a second necklace to your floating glass memory locket.

Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

Once home, I couldn’t wait to see what this locket looked like all put together. First, I had to attach the chain which required me to take off the two jump rings on the end of the 24 inch chain and reattach them once the locket was threaded through. As for the charms, like I said I wanted to mix and match the various floating charms from the charm packs that I found at Hobby Lobby so I took them all out of their packaging and started selected the ones that I wanted to tell my story. Once I narrowed down my floating charm selection, I then picked out some acrylic stones to fill in the space in my locket a bit. The locket stays closed by a magnetic force, so all one has to do to add the floating charms is to open the locket from the side, slip in the charms, and close the locket back. This is great if you ever want to change the look of your glass memory locket or add more floating charms to it at a later date.

Tell Your Life Story: How to make a Glass Memory Locket with Floating Charms (DIY Craft Tutorial)

The floating charms that I chose to tell my story were: a kiss and a lipstick for my love of beauty, an airplane and a camera for my blog adventures, a baseball for my boys and a number one symbol for my boys, a crystal heart for my love, and black/white faux “diamonds” that mimic the style of my wedding ring. Remember that state charm I found at Hobby Lobby? I also wanted to include the fact that I am a southern girl so I put the state charm on the second necklace chain (18 in.). I can wear the state charm necklace alone or paired with the glass memory locket for a layered necklace look.

If you were to make a glass memory locket, what would your story say? What sort of floating charms would you add to it?

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2 Comments

  1. July 23, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, that is so adorable!! I LOVE it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I’m pinning it to the party board and sharing on social media. :)

  2. February 1, 2017 / 2:51 am

    Such an amazing thing i could ever come across. I wanted to mix and match the various floating charms to create my own custom Locket. I love the Travel and Beauty floating charms very much… I am going to share this on social media. Keep up the great work..!!

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