Handmade Gift Ideas: Vintage Necklace Frame

Do you need a housewarming or girlfriend gift? How about a gift for your mom for Mother’s Day?

I have an easy to make gift giving idea for you.

Mothers Day gift ideas to make - handmade gift ideas pearl frame

I made this for my mom for Mother’s Day. It was a basic inexpensive photo frame covered in a old and broken strands of pearls.

The materials I used to make this frame came from old junk. An old photo frame that had lost its luster, pearls I found for a few dollars at a flea market and hot glue were all I needed.

How to Make a Beaded Photo Frame Using an Old Beaded Necklace

I used a pearl necklace since it is very feminine.  The frame would also be great as a bridal gift or to use as place card holders for an elegant dinner party.

Try other styles of beaded necklaces to create truly unique frames to give – a colorful necklace into a child’s frame, a crystal necklace for a trendy modern look. Your options are wide open.

supplies needed:

  • Any frame – I used a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ frame
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 18″ vintage pearl necklace or 2 shorter ones, for larger frames more necklaces will be needed

1.  Remove glass and back of frame.

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2.  Put a thick line of hot glue on the front of the frame.  Lay one opened end of necklace on the hot glue.  Press gently. Add more hot glue, continue gluing necklace onto front of frame, then sides, then back of frame.  If second necklace is needed, start where first one ends.


3.  After frame has been covered, start overlapping necklace by putting hot glue on top of the first layer of pearls until desired thickness is achieved. Make sure clasps of necklaces are covered or cut them off do you don’t see them once necklace is securely glued to frame.  Trim excess.

4.  In random spots or a space, hot glue individual beads to cover or as accents.

Mother's Day gift idea that uses an old photo frame and a pearl necklace

5. Reassemble frame and add photo.  I found an old snapshot of my mother holding my twin sister, Carol and I when we were infants. My brother was also in the picture, but he didn’t quite fit, so I cut him off, sorry  Greg.  

Photo Frame ideas

What are you giving your mom this year? We all need ideas and love handmade gift ideas, so please share any creative ideas you are going to do this year or have done in the past to help your Mom celebrate Mother’s Day.

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  1. I love this idea! I’ve been holding on to some of my mother’s costume jewelry from the 1960s and ’70s for years. Sadly, it’s been living in a box – I know it’s there, but rarely take it out to look at it and appreciate it. This project will finally put that jewelry to good use. P. S. Greg needs his own frame! #StayHome #FlattenTheCurve #StayHealthyMyFriends

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Regina – I don’t have a photo, but I even covered a large frame once with beaded necklaces. Done the same way, just on a larger scale. I gave it to my sister. I need to find Greg a frame. I still have his cut-off image. :-) Stay well.

  2. I made one for my mother in law for a wedding gift when my husband and I got married 10/15/16. She loved it.

  3. Sacharissa says:

    Oh, God! That’s so beautiful. I will make that one for my mother too!

  4. Makes a great looking frame. Very Pretty.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Great idea. I’ve used some of my mother’s old costume jewelry to frame a picture of her wearing it. it made a nice memento.

  6. very cute idea to use those old vintage pearls!

  7. Kendra Goodrich says:

    Pearls are so beautiful, I love using them. What a great idea!

  8. How pretty! What a unique idea to accessorize a frame!

  9. Beach Vintage says:

    Looks fab, I had to have a chuckle about Greg.

  10. This looks so pretty, and elegant for Mother’s Day. I think I’ll try this technique on some napkin holders for Mother’s Day.

  11. Rinth de Shadley says:

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    Those are beautiful! And thank you for the reminder. I haven’t even started thinking about what to get my Mom for Mother’s Day (school has been intense this spring, that’s my excuse :) ).

  12. Beautiful frame and a wonderful idea…though I still feel sorry for Greg!!

  13. Wow! This is great. I’m not very crafty but I might have to give this a try!

  14. Beverly @ The Buzz says:

    What a beautiful idea! I’m including it in my Saturday Shout Outs this week.

  15. Thanks for your bathroom help! I did you semi-gloss…which is why it looks so horrible. I like the idea of white beadboard..I’ve done that in the other two. LOVE the idea of using their artwork. THANK YOU!!!

  16. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Brit- I think your Mom would love a Pearl frame – how perfectly fitting it would be. She will love it even more becasue you made it special for her.

  17. Brit @ Esbe Chic says:

    I love this! I just saw strands of pearls at a local beadshop yesterday…but wasn’t sure what to do with them.

    My Mom’s name is Pearl …wouldn’t that be a cute gift?

    I may have to do something like that for her :)

  18. Great idea!! I may have to make one of my own with one of my mom’s necklaces. Mother’s day is usually a rough one for me…as I’ve lost two moms. I try to focus on my kids….

  19. melissa @ the inspired room says:

    Very clever! Thanks for linking up to the Inspired By friday linky!