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Shrinky Dinks were invented by two moms in 1973. Less than 10 years later, I was born. And a few years after that, I got my first Shrinky Dink set. It was a Smurfs set that my mom bought me after taking me to my first movie, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
A couple years ago I bought a pair of earrings at an art show. I still wear them regularly; they’re ampersands cut out of acrylic. When I was brainstorming DIY ideas, I decided I wanted to create something similar. However, acrylic crafts are not in my wheelhouse! Shrinky Dinks are much more my speed. So I present to you DIY Shrinky Dink Jewelry!
If you’re making earrings:
If you’re making a necklace or keychain:
Draw or trace your design onto the Shrinky Dink. In the video you’ll see I drew a couple designs ahead of time and outlined them in marker to make it easier to trace, but you don’t have to do that. You can print a design you found online or free-hand it, even.
Color it in. If you have the Shrinky Dinks I linked, they’re smooth on both sides. If you have the frosted ones, I suggest using marker on the smooth side or colored pencils on the rough side.
Cut it out. If you’re making a necklace or keychain, leave a bit of Shrinky Dink and use your hole punch. This will be where you feed the chain through.
Bake at 325 F for 1-3 minutes. In the video, you’ll see that the bigger Shrinky Dinks took 3 minutes whereas the smaller took just over 1 minute. Watch them. They’ll curl up and then flatten back down. Once they re-flatten, they’re done.
Let them cool, and then attach to your jewelry. If you’re making earrings, simply glue the post onto the Shrinky Dink. I attached them on the side that was colored because this side has a rougher texture.
AND THAT’S IT!
In the video, I talk about my mistakes + how I corrected them, but if you’re short on time, I’ll throw you a spoiler: I drew my original designs way too big. Shrinky Dinks shrink down to 1/3 of their starting size. For some unknown reason, I was thinking 1/5, but that’s alright because the larger designs still came out super cute.
Have you tried Shrinky Dinks crafts before? Or are you going to now that you’ve seen how super easy they are? Let me know in the comments!
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