Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Personalized Shrinky Dink Necklace- Perfect for Grandmas

This year for my Mother-in-Law's birthday, my daughter really wanted to make her present. We spent hours pouring over Pinterest and couldn't find anything my daughter thought was the right present to make. We pulled out the Shrinky Dinks to make something else, when she asked if we could make Grandma a necklace that she drew. It was absolutely perfect. She could draw pictures of them together and we could easily turn it into jewelry. 
 You will need:

  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Markers
  • Scissors 
  • An Oven preheated to 325
  • a hole punch
  • a necklace chain

 I use a cup to trace a circle on the Shrinky dinks and then cut them out. I had my daughter draw a picture of her and my Mother-in-Law together on one circle and then on a smaller circle she wrote "I Love You." For her last circle, she drew a picture of a rainbow. Make sure to trace your outline and write on the smooth side of the Shrinky Dinks, you can color in your picture on the other side.
 When your picture is finished, punch a hole in it. I found that a regular hole punch shrunk to just the perfect size for a necklace. Make sure to punch the holes before you bake them.

 Put your pieces on a paper bag and then on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven for 1-3 minutes. The charms will start to shrink and then they will fold over on themselves. Don't freak out, they will unfold again. The charms are done about 30 seconds after they unfold again. One of my pieces didn't unfold all the way so I pulled it out of the oven and place a hot pad over it and flattened it with the palm of my hand before it cooled.
Thread a chain through the charms and you have a darling, personalized necklace that your child will be thrilled to give to their grandma. 
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Kirsten said...

Love shrinky dink. What a great idea.

Kami said...

What a cute idea! I'm sure grandma loved it!

Markell Corpus said...

Psh. forget grandma. These are perfect for mom! I love shrinky dinks. Probably the best thing to come out of the 90s.. except jelly shoes... I miss those...

I'd love to see this over at my link party. You can find it here

Cathy Trochelman said...

These are great!! What a wonderful idea - we will definitely be making some of these!