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! Start 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. When 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. 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??”
PS: What other kiddy craft materials could you use to make gorgeous grown-up DIYs?