Fair isle DIY necklace and earrings

Fair isle DIY necklace and earrings

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.

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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.


Apply Dimensional Magic over the top of the necklace and earring circles. Let dry for several hours. Apply a second coat of Dimensional Magic (if desired) and let dry overnight.


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.

Fair isle DIY necklace and earrings

I hope my mom likes it! What do you think – what are you making for mom this year?

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  1. Katherine says

    Once again you prove you’re the Mod Podge Guru, Amy. I love this idea – it’s really cute. I think I’ll have to sit down and make a few of these. Great idea!

  2. says

    I love this idea and I would totally try it ~ except that every time I try to make shrink art circles, they always come out lopsided. I mean I start with a perfect circle, but after shrinking, I have a set of irregular ovals.

    Any hints for getting your shrinks to stay uniform?

    • says

      Hi there! I don’t know a TON about Shrinky Dinks, but are you following the directions on the packaging to a tee? I also think it might depend on the type you are using?

  3. Andrea says

    I have made Shrinky Dink jewlery but I found them to be very lightweight. Does the Dimentional Magic give the pieces a little heft?

    • says

      Hi Andrea! Yes, the jewelry is pretty lightweight – and the Dimensional Magic does add a small bit of weight 😀

  4. Chasidy says

    Absolutely adorable! Love how you used the Fiesta bowl, funnel, and jar lid to trace your circles :)