After making my locket this weekend, I was reminded once again of the first few weeks of marriage.
After your wedding you get asked two questions: 1. How is married life? This is usually followed with 2. What are you going to do with your wedding dress? Almost every single time.
Nearly two and a half years later, and somehow I still don’t know what to do with my dress. I was emotionally ready to part with my dress until we moved. My dress had slipped off its hanger inside its dress bag and because of the slip I had to unzip the bag to put it back on. When I saw the delicate lace and beading on top of the blush silk lining I wasn’t ready anymore. I know its ridiculously impractical to keep my dress. It’s not like I’m planning on wearing it again. Beautiful as it is. But I wanted some kind of memento of it. A wedding dress keepsake. I turned to pinterest, as all brides do.
Here I saw ideas about setting a piece of your dress in resin. The more I researched this the more it looked like i would end up botching up the job. And I don’t even know where to start to find someone to do it for me. That was until I happened across Lock-it at The Village Stables Market.
I love the concept behind the lockets that Lock-it creates. They sell magnetized glass lockets that you can place different mementos inside. Whether it”s a single word, a birthstone or a collection of letters and tiny charms. Whatever the symbol, memory or sentiment, you can wear it around your neck, or on your wrist. And the magnetized lockets mean that you can easily add or change what you keep inside.
You can decide on the shape, size and design of your locket, and if you want to get a chain with it too, they have a variety of lengths. The lovely lady who helped us also assured me that my curly tresses wouldn’t catch on the chain, and after wearing mine basically non-stop for a week I can say that she is right. Not a single pull or catch from the sterling silver chain around my neck. For more information on their amazing products click here!
How I Customized my Lock-it Locket
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to put some lace from my wedding dress inside my locket. Luckily I had a piece of lace from the sample materials at the beginning of the whole process that my dressmaker had given me. Being sentimental I had kept it along with the preliminary designs.
Here’s what you need:
- Your Lock-it Locket
- A small piece of lace from your wedding dress. See if you can cut a little off from a spot where it won’t be missed, or use the sample like I did.
- Thin paper, such as rice paper or tracing paper
- A pencil
- A pair of scissors
- A few sewing pins
- A sewing needle and thread (for option 2)
Option 1: Here’s what I did
- Using the thin paper, I traced the size of the circle of lace I needed. I then cut it out, and made sure that it fit properly inside my locket. Remember that if your circle isn’t nice and round, or fits perfectly into your locket, neither will the lace.
- Using your circular template, find a detail or small part of your lace that will look pretty inside your locket.
- Pin your circle to your lace, I did so from behind so that I could be sure of the design while I was cutting.
- I cut the basic circle for my locket from some pretty leaves, and then cut a beaded flower from another part and put it on top.
- Lastly, I popped my lace inside my Lock-it locket and voila! A memento of my wedding dress I am able to wear every day. And its pretty!
- Cut your template for your locket, using steps 1, 2 and 3 from above.
- Using contrasting fabric to your lace, cut a circle of cloth (my dress had a blush pink lining, which could also have worked nicely)
- Cut a few small lace details from your dress, or remove a few beads.
- Sew these pieces of lace and beads to your circle.
- Perhaps add a charm
- Pop your circle and charms into your locket!
What I love about the lockets from Lock-it is how customizable they are. Being so customizable means that you can easily personalize your jewelry. Who says you can’t wear something beautiful and stylish while still being sentimental!
If you enjoyed this wedding-inspired DIY, check out our personalized door mat DIY here. This is a great wedding gift for friends, or for yourself!