The new Mutual Theme for 2018 has already been released and I am pretty excited about it! One of my most popular posts every year is the Mutual Theme Pendants I make! So I made one for my daughter again this year and I’m sharing how to make them. Super easy and cheap to make. They work great for Girl’s Camp, as gifts for New Beginnings or Night of Excellence, or just to make on your weekly mutual nights! Or like me, just making one for my daughter each year is a new tradition.
Picking out which charm to use each year is always fun! This year, I couldn’t decide on just one, so I decided on ones that symbolize both Peace and Learning from the theme. I found these book charms on Amazon for learning and the Dove charms for peace. My daughter couldn’t decide which she liked more, so she has both on her necklace.
So far, there are not many choices of pendant styles to choose from on Etsy. I chose a more expensive one this year because it was the one I liked the most, but you may look around and see if you can find something cheaper or that you like a bit more. As the new year comes closer, there may be more options out there! Some year, I will get good with the graphic design and make one myself – and then make it free to all you guys. Alas, until I get time and figure out a good program to use, I’ll simply have to buy other people’s beautiful work!
You’ll need these supplies:
- 1″ Pendant Trays
- 1″ Cabochons (sometimes you can get Trays and the Domes in a set)
- Necklace Chains (any chain necklace you have will work, as long as it’s not too big for the trays to fit through)
- Matte Photo Paper (any matte photo paper will work)
- book charms or Dove charms
- Jump Rings (if using the book charms or Dove charms)
- 1″ circle punch or scissors
- A Picture for the Pendant. I purchased mine on Etsy at AnnieNetLane store, but look around, especially as the year goes on, and find one that you really like. Have Joy Etsy shop (which I used last year) is another place that has them so far this year!
They are super simple to assemble. Once you have purchased or made the picture you want for your pendant, print them out on Matte Photo Paper. It is important that it is Matte Photo Paper because I have found that glossy photo paper runs when you glue it! I have not had that issue with the Matte Photo Paper.
Cut out your pendant pictures with a 1″ circle punch or scissors. Then using E6000, use a small amount to glue the pendant picture down to the bottom of the Pendant Trays. Then put some more E6000 on top of the pendant picture and then smash it down with the Cabochons (glass dome), move the dome around to make sure the glue is evenly distributed. Clean up any extra glue that smashes out. Watch for bubbles as it dries, but I haven’t had many issues with bubbles. Allow to dry.
Pretty easy project, that isn’t too expensive either! Plus, the girls love them. I know my daughter looks forward to the different ones I make every year!