Shrinky-dinks.. for your adult life

Do you guys remember shrinky dinks? plastic sheets that you would draw a design on, pop into the oven for a few minutes and watch shrivel up, shrink and turn into a hard little masterpiece? (we also used to do that with snack size chip bags for key chains.. but that’s a whole other thing..) Todays fun little creation involves most ladies favorite thing.. JEWELRY! that’s right people, were making shrinkydink jewelry! well,  I’m making it, and I hope you will too!

this post is somewhat based on a pinterest post I saw, but of course, didnt pin and can’t find it now. duh.


Things you will need 

  • shrink film paper (also can be called shrink dinks)
  • scissors
  • exacto knife (for smaller cuts)
  • hole puncher
  • ruler
  • fine tip sharpie marker
  • earring hardware
  • necklace hardware
  • nailpolish
  • stamps and stamp pad
  • cardboard (to cook the shrinky dinks on)
  • fine grain sand paper or nail file
  • oven preheated to 325 degrees

step one

Gather materials needed


step two

create design you want to cut out. remember that they need to be bigger because they shrink BIG TIME. then cut out your design. I decided that after making the chevron shape (the one i remember seeing on pinterest)  that i wanted to do a little of my own stuff.

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step three 

To make my own designs i chose to use stamps. Now in order to stamp onto the slick surface of the shrink paper, you have to sand it down with some fine sand paper.. since i didnt have any, i used a nail file, and it worked great! Make sure whether you are using sandpaper or a nail file, to do a criss cross motion so that you get an even sanding. After it is sanded you can draw straight on it with whatever you want pretty much, i.e. colored pencils, markers, stamp ink (not crayons though, the wax will melt)


step four

using your hole puncher, make a hole where you want the jewelry piece to hang from, on this chevron i did one on each side of the top so it could hang horizontally


step five

place shrinky dinks on peice of cardboard so that they are not touching at all and set it into the oven, turn on the light and shut the door to the oven, watch them closely!  in under a minute they will start rolling up on themselves and flattening out. Once they stop “moving” and have shrunk, take them out of the oven. BE CAREFUL they are hot. (tip* if you are doing a very large piece, or a long one, place a piece of parchment paper over top of it to stop it from curling and sticking to itself)


step six 

once the pieces have cooled, bust out some nail polish or spray paint of your choice and paint on the rough side of the plastic


step seven

attach jewelry chains and earring hardware to the dried pieces, Since this craft was kind of on a whim i used some old jewelry that i no longer wore anymore. Also giving some new life and a little whimsy to an old Urban outfitters necklace by adding the seeing eye chart



the earrings..


the necklace..


and just cause everything looks cuter in a package..!!




like what you see? feel free to check out my etsy shop where i’ll be selling these items!


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