I found these kitschy mirror compacts at Dollar Tree and I love them to bits. There were other designs, too, but I could not resist the animal print hearts, come on!
A necklace with a secret mirror could be a great stocking stuffer-type gift for those hard-to-craft-for people. You know, since it's not just jewelry, it's a practical item, too. And please to notice, you can make two sweet gifts for the unbelievably low price of one dollar.
Want to try it? Read on for the DIY.
First, split your compact by removing the hinge. It's a teeny bit tricky, but you can do it! I used wire cutters, but you could also use a cutting wheel on a Dremel-type tool.
I don't recommend trying to cut the pin inside the hinge - it's way too tough. Just nip away at the hinge, taking small bites so as not to break something you don't want to break.
Once the hinge is snipped away, sand down the rough bits with an emery board, sandpaper or skinny metal file.
To make holes, you could use a tiny drill bit if you like that sort of thing. I heated my trusty metal poker over a flame, and used it to melt holes in the plastic edges.
And voila! Your pendant is all ready to be turned into a necklace. You could string a simple cord, with a matching mini-tassel ornament:
Or you could make it fancier with beads, chain, ribbon, crystals or what-have-you.
And the peculiar charm of these, of course -
The secret mirrored backside.
(Hee. That sounds like something in a very slightly naughty novel. The Secret Mirrored Backside: Inside The Boudoir Of Miss Lydia Bennett.)
Even if you can't find these particular heart compacts, just think of all the cute little compacts out there, waiting to be pendantified. Keep your eyes peeled at thrift shops, dollar stores, beauty supply stores. Maybe you even have an old compact somewhere in a drawer, gathering dust?