Shrinky Dink Necklace

DIY Dog Necklace Remember Shrinky Dinks? I recently rediscovered them, and it turns out they’re just as amazing now as they were when I was five.

I love how versatile this magical material is. It starts out thin and semi-transparent, so you can draw your own creation or easily trace an existing image to make an impressive-looking replica.

I used the tracing method to create customized dog necklaces and they turned out super cute! TracingStart by choosing a photo of your dog with a good silhouette. Open it in Photoshop (or any photo editing program) and resize it to be about 3″ tall—it will shrink to 1/3 the original size.

Place a piece of white paper over the your computer screen and trace it with a pencil. For easiest tracing, increase the photo’s contrast a bit and turn up the brightness on your computer screen.

Next, place a sheet of Shrinky Dink material directly over the paper and copy over the pencil line with a fine-tipped marker. Shrinky Dink Dog NecklaceWhen your outline is complete, cut roughly around it to get most of the excess material out of your way. Then, carefully cut along the outline using a small pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife. Make sure to include a hole where your charm will attach to the necklace, and remember to make it big enough so your metal ring will fit through when it’s 1/3 its current size.

Preheat the oven to 325°, then place your cut-out in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 1–3 minutes. If your Shrinky Dink starts to curl, fold some parchment paper over it and set a flat, heavy object (like a large pan) on top for 5–10 minutes.

Once it’s cool, coat your charm with a few layers of gold spray paint, attach a small metal ring, and slide it onto a gold chain. DIY Dog Necklace Voila! you’ve got yourself a chic new accessory, you can keep your beloved pup close to your heart, and your friends will all be asking, “How did you do that??”


With Lovely,


PS: What other kiddy craft materials could you use to make gorgeous grown-up DIYs? 


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6 Comments on Shrinky Dink Necklace

  1. Laurel (@abubblylife)
    MayMay/WedWed/2013 at 1:58 am (4 years ago)

    So cute- I love this idea!
    I use plastic animals for grown up DIYs a little bit too much, ha!

  2. Kathleen
    MayMay/WedWed/2013 at 2:03 am (4 years ago)

    This is genius!

  3. Amy
    AprApr/WedWed/2015 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

    These are fantastic! I was just curious what spray paint and exact chain color you were using? I have the hardest time making shades of gold match!!!

  4. Amanda
    JunJun/MonMon/2015 at 10:13 pm (2 years ago)

    This is awesome! I’m making some today. :) The gold spray paint is genius.

  5. Stella
    SepSep/SunSun/2015 at 4:53 am (2 years ago)

    This is genius! I just found out that we have to put our beloved pet dog down, this is the perfect way to keep her memory, especially for my son, this way she stays close to our hearts forever. Thank you!


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