Gifts for mom are really hard. I never know what to get my mom for Mother's Day, because she can buy everything she wants herself. That is why handmade jewelry is such a great gift for my mom. I can customize to what she likes and know she doesn't have anything else like it . . . and even though I'm 36 years old, she still appreciates my crafts as gifts!
I love using Shrinky Dinks in my crafts, and I tried to make them look upscale in this one. How do you think I did? If you want to make this DIY necklace and earring set for someone special in your life (or for yourself), read the instructions below.
Gather These Supplies
- Shrinkable craft film – I used Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic in Almond
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Paint markers – I used Sakura Permapaque
- Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Stencil – Fair Isle Dots
- Jewelry findings – 2 earring backs, 1 large jump ring and 1 silver chain
- Circle cutter or other circular items to make a template
- 3/4” hole punch
- Jewel glue
You will first need to cut your shrinkable plastic into three circles – one larger for the necklace and two smaller for the earrings. To do this, either use a circle cutter or find household items to trace. I used a funnel for the necklace and a jar lid for the earrings. Put the items on the surface of the shrinkable plastic and trace. Keep in mind that your plastic will shrink to 1/3 of its current size (make sure to completely read the instructions on your packaging).
Carefully cut the plastic using your scissors. Watch for shaky hands (I have them!).
Choose your adhesive stencils and place onto the plastic.
Use your paint markers to color in the stencil designs. Pull up the stencil and allow the paint marker to dry. Don’t touch the paint for several minutes or you will smear it. Repeat on both the large circle and the two smaller circles until you have the design that you like. Remember that the ink color is going to be darker when the plastic shrinks.
Tip: Your stencils may have a little residual marker ink on them, but they are perfectly fine to use again for painting!
Punch a hole in the necklace with the hole punch. Do not forget this step because you can't do it later! I was going to have a frosted back on the necklace, but I decided to ditch it (so you don't see this circle in the finished project).
Bake the shrinkable plastic according to the packaging. I had a piece of cardboard on a pizza stone. I'm not sure what I was doing.
Attach the earring backs to the earring circles using jewel glue and let dry for several hours.
Attach the jump ring and the chain to the necklace and let dry for several hours before gifting.
I hope my mom likes it! What do you think – what are you making for mom this year?