Do you remember making Shrinky Dinks as a kid? Well you can make your own shrinky dink jewelry easily and kids love it! I made this heart wrap bracelet for valentines but you can make anything you want and the ideas are endless.
A few weeks ago I made Star Wars Shrinky Dink Earrings using a #6 recycled plastic container but you can order printable plastic sheets from Amazon which is what I used to make this bracelet. The printable plastic comes in clear or white.
What you will need to make Shrink Dink Jewelry
- Shrinky Dink Plastic Sheets or a #6 recycled plastic container
- Hole Punch
- Ink Jet Printer or permanent marker
- 2 feet of 1/4″ ribbon
First you cut your plastic 3 times the size you want your shrunken design to be once it’s baked. I measured my wrist and made my heart 3 inches tall. I used my Cricut craft machine with the deep cut blade to cut mine but a pair of scissors works just as well.
Once you have your cut out punch holes with a regular paper hole punch on each end of the heart.
Then using a permanent marker color your design any way you want. When using a permanent marker on the amazon sheets you will see the lines from the marker but if you use #6 recycled plastic you will not. You can see in my final bracelet the variation but I liked that about it. If you use the printable film through any ink jet printer you will not have the variation so it’s really customizable to your taste.
Next you will want to put your shrinky dink jewelry in a 350-degree oven on some tinfoil or wax paper. Do not put the plastic straight on a cookie sheet or it will stick and ruin it. It takes seconds to shrink. You will see it curl up and then it will flatten back out once it’s flattened it’s ready to remove from the oven.
I carefully pulled out the foil and laid it across a rolling pin and pressed on the ends to give it a slight curve. You have to do this immediately after you pull it out of the oven or it will harden quickly. Be careful it will be hot but to me personally it was not too hot to handle lightly.
Let it harden and cool for about 10 minutes then string your ribbon through it.
Now just wrap your ribbon around your wrist, tie, and tuck and you’ve got a stand out bracelet for Valentines!
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