Teeny Tiny Shrinky Dink "Leaves" Necklace

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

This was my submission to the SYTYC contest for the theme “leaves.” Here is the tutorial in case you are interested! Thanks all of you who voted!

Everything is cuter when it is miniature. This “leaves” necklace is made from a bracelet “end clasp” and teeny tiny shrinky dink shapes. Each tiny leaf has been carefully cut out, hand painted, and then shrunken to its small size. Here they are on my little child manny:

 

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
I hand-carved the little leaf veins, added jump rings and attached them all to a “charm ring” made from one end of a bracelet clasp that you can find at any craft store. Each leaf charm is less than 1/2” long.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: Draw your leaf shapes onto the “rough” side of the Shrinky Dink paper using a light colored pencil.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Score the shapes with an craft knife first…..

How to make a necklace with How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
….and then carefully cut them out using detail scissors.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 2 cut out via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Paint the top of the leaf shapes with a sheer coat of metallic acrylic paint and then trace the exterior edges and leaf veins with a slightly thicker coat of paint.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com
How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 3a via lilblueboo.com
Here are the colors I used….I prefer Golden’s Fluid Acrylics because they are thin, translucent and great for glazing.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step colors via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Punch a small 1/8″ hole into the top of each leaf.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com
How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 4a via lilblueboo.com
Step 5 : For each leaf, glue a metal brad or nail to a thin piece of cardboard as shown below….

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
…and place one leaf on each brad/nail. The nail will keep your hole punch from closing and will allow the shrinky dink to stay flat.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 5a via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place the cardboard on to a baking sheet and into the oven. The pieces will curl up and shrink around each brad/nail….and when they flatten back out you know that they are finished! Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: Remove the nails from the leaves. The leaves will have tightened around each one so you might have to twist the nails in order to remove. The paint will thicken and you will need to lightly sand some of it off.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Step 8: Use a craft knife to texture the edges and leaf veins. You might want to apply another sheer layer of metallic paint so that it can seep into the carvings. Spray or paint your leaves with a clear gloss acrylic sealer.

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
Attach a small jump ring to each leaf and attach to a bracelet “end clasp” (the kind shaped like a ring). String onto your necklace! Now you can make earrings or a charm bracelet to match!

How to make a necklace with Shrinky Dinks! Remember those? DIY Tutorial finished via lilblueboo.com

Comments

  1. dana says

    I LOVED this little necklace. Thanks for the tutorial! Makes me feel like a kid again. I want to go play right now…

  2. Leslie says

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I have a friend who makes shrinky dink jewelry and I am fascinated with the whole process. I may have to drag out all my stuff and give THIS one a try. Have a wonderful holiday season. Blessings!

  3. Kayla Christine says

    I love this idea! I just "rediscovered" Shrinky Dinks and have been making so many things with them!!

  4. says

    Hello Lilbluboo,

    This is such a stunner! I wish to feature your tutorial on our blog one day if permitted, should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us.

    Thanks,

    Diybeadingclub.com
    Handmade-Jewelry-Club.com
    Diylessons.org

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