How to Make DIY Shrinky Dink Jewelry

What Is A Shrinky Dink?

Shrinky Dinks are flexible sheets of paper that, when heated, shrink to a smaller size. They are used for all kinds of things, especially jewelry. Making Shrinky Dink jewelry is super easy and fun! It's a great activity to do with your kids or even by yourself. With Shrinky Dinks, you can make one of a kind jewelry yourself!

You can find Shrinky Dink paper at any craft store or online. Some Shrinky Dink paper even come in DIY kits where you can make keychains and other creations.

A simple band is easy to make.
A simple band is easy to make. | Source

What You Need to Make Shrink Ring (Band)

To make this ring you will need:

  • Shrinky Dink Plastic
  • Markers, colored pencils, or stamps
  • Sandpaper (if using colored pencils or stamps)
  • Cardboard
  • Parchment Paper
  • An item around the house equivalent to your ring size
  • Cookie Sheet

The great thing about Shrinky Dink jewelry is you can customize it however you want.
The great thing about Shrinky Dink jewelry is you can customize it however you want. | Source
A completely shrunk Shrinky Dink will be small and flat.
A completely shrunk Shrinky Dink will be small and flat. | Source
Find a circular object that is closest to your ring size.
Find a circular object that is closest to your ring size. | Source

How to Make Shrinky Dink Ring (Band)

  1. Cut your paper to size. To cut the paper, you can use a paper cutter, craft knife, or even scissors. I cut the paper across the smaller edge and then cut a forth off of that for my ring.
  2. Decorate your ring however you like. If you are using colored pencils or stamps, you'll have to sand the top of the paper before you decorate it. If you are using Sharpies, you can decorate it without sanding it.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300-350 degrees. (I preheated mine to 325 degrees but temperatures will vary.)
  4. Put a piece of cardboard on a cookie sheet and your creation on the cardboard. Cover it with a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Stick the cookie sheet carefully in the oven and set the timer between 2-3 minutes. (I set mine for 3 minutes but times will vary.)
  6. After the timer goes off, quickly take the cookie sheet out of the oven and remove the parchment paper. The creation should be flat and smaller. If the creation is not flat, replace the parchment paper and stick it back in the oven for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  7. Working quickly now, wrap the creation around the round object that you chose. You need to do this before the creation cools so it will harden in a round shape. Be careful though, it will be hot.
  8. When cooled, slip the ring on your finger and enjoy!

Please note: You will probably mess up the first couple times. Certain papers shrink at different temperatures and sizes. Working with Shrinky Dinks is all about experimenting.

These rings are perfect for statement rings.
These rings are perfect for statement rings. | Source

What You Need to Make Shrinky Dink Ring

To make this ring you will need:

  • Shrinky Dink paper
  • Colored pencils, stamps, or Sharpies
  • Sandpaper (if using colored pencils or stamps)
  • Scissors, paper cutter, or craft knife
  • Cardboard
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Ring base
  • Glue (I suggest using E6000)
  • Clear Nail Polish (Optional)

Get creative with your creations!
Get creative with your creations! | Source
A shrunk creation versus what you originally drew.
A shrunk creation versus what you originally drew. | Source
Make sure your creation is secured onto the ring base.
Make sure your creation is secured onto the ring base. | Source

How to Make Shrinky Dink Ring

  1. Draw whatever you want on your Shrinky Dink paper. If you are using colored pencils or stamps, you'll need to sand down the top of the paper in order for the colors to stick.
  2. Carefully cut out your creation.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300-350 degrees. Baking temperatures vary.
  4. Place a piece of cardboard on a cookie sheet and your creation on the cardboard. Put a piece of parchment paper on your creation.
  5. Bake for 2-3 minutes. Cooking times vary.
  6. After the timer goes off, take your creation out of the oven. Make sure your creation is done shrinking. The creation should be flat. If it is curled, quickly stick it back in the oven for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  7. If your creation is done, let cool.
  8. Optional: To protect your creation, paint it in clear nail polish.
  9. When dry, glue your creation to the top of the ring.
  10. Let your creation dry.
  11. When dry, slip the ring on your finger and enjoy!

A finished necklace
A finished necklace | Source

What You Need to Make Shrinky Dink Necklace

To make a Shrinky Dink Necklace you'll need:

  • Shrinky Dink paper
  • Hole punch
  • Sharpies, colored pencils, or stamps.
  • Sandpaper (if you are using colored pencils or stamps)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cardboard
  • Parchment paper
  • Chain
  • Wire Pliers
  • Clear Nail Polish (Optional)

You can create anything with Shrinky Dink!
You can create anything with Shrinky Dink! | Source
Making Shrinky Dink jewelry is easy and fun!
Making Shrinky Dink jewelry is easy and fun! | Source

How to Make Shrinky Dink Necklace

  1. Draw your creation. If you are using colored pencils or stamps, be sure to sand down the top layer so the colors will stick.
  2. Carefully cut out your creation.
  3. Punch a hole in your creation. This will be where you put the chain through in the end.
  4. Preheat your oven between 300-350 degrees. Temperatures vary.
  5. Place the cardboard on the cookie sheet and your creation on top of the cardboard. Cover with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 2-3 minutes. Times will vary.
  7. When the timer goes off, take your creation out of the oven and check to see if it is done. It will be done when the creation has shrunk and it is flat. If it is not flat, stick it in the oven for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Optional: Using clear nail polish, cover the creation to protect it.
  10. When dry, put the chain through the hole you punched earlier.
  11. Wear it and enjoy!

Other Shrinky Dink Creations

Shrinky Dink is not limited to just jewelry! The possibilities are endless as to what you can make with Shrinky Dink plastic! Here are a few more ideas for Shrinky Dink fun!

  • Keychains
  • Cell Phone Charms

What is your favorite thing to make from Shrinky Dink?

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When handling your Shrinky Dink creation after it is out of the oven, use extreme caution. I have burnt myself many times. If you are using E6000 glue, be careful. I would advise using gloves as it is industrial strength glue. Good luck with your creations! Let your imagination be your guide.

What stuff have you made with Shrinky Dink?

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Comments 12 comments

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

How fun! I used to love Shrinky Dinks! Makes me want to go out and make more! Great hub and pictures! Up+ and pinning!


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LagunaAlkaline 3 years ago from Camas, WA Author

I make Shrinky Dinks with my daughter and she loves it. Thanks for the voting and pinning :) I appreciate it.


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livelifeworryfree 3 years ago from The DMV

Love the shrinky dinks. Although I'm not a creative in this way, my daughters are. These are great projects for lazy days at home. Cheers!


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LagunaAlkaline 3 years ago from Camas, WA Author

Thanks for the comment! I think you can even print off photos and shrink them on shrinky dink too!


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everymom 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Voted up and useful! And I tweeted it! I didn't realize the _new_ Shrinky Dinks were so different from what I grew up with! Have you tried any FiMo clay projects? I'd love it if you wrote about that, too!


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LagunaAlkaline 3 years ago from Camas, WA Author

I have been wanting to learn FiMo so maybe I should do a hub about it. :)


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everymom 3 years ago from Massachusetts

You are so creative that I'm sure Fimo will not be a challenge to you! I used to make FiMo jewelry...but that was a very long time ago (before I had my daughter). I would be very interested in reading a Hub on it by you - you distill things down to their essential components which make it very easy to follow your advice. :-)


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LagunaAlkaline 3 years ago from Camas, WA Author

Thanks! I really appreciate hearing that! I love doing arts and crafts. It is super relaxing for me. I also know what it's like to not understand directions so I try to make it super simple (that also might be because I work at a daycare and do this stuff with them all the time.) Thanks for reading my hub!


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everymom 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for writing them! It's a pleasure to read your articles!


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

What a fun article! I make greeting cards and learned a new technique a while ago using shrinky dinks to make embellishments. They are really fun to work with. My daughter used to have a shrinky dink doll set like paper dolls.


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LagunaAlkaline 2 years ago from Camas, WA Author

Shrinky dinks are definitely fun to play around with! There are so many things you can do with them. Thanks for reading!


Robbie 23 months ago

I much prefer inafmrotive articles like this to that high brow literature.

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