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24 Days of Christmas Crafts Day 9: DIY Shrinky Dink Necklaces

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Like I am EVERY year, no matter when I start my Christmas projects, am waaaaaaaay behind! I am behind on this blog, too. Anyway, here is another project that I made for the girls. If you have any little girls on your list and they are anything like mine I know for sure they like two things: 1) Anything with their name or face on it and 2) Anything that would constitute as dress-up. So this idea was spawned! 

I have always been fascinated by the idea of Shrinky Dinks. I mean, who came up with that?! I would like to shake that man’s hand. What a fun and brilliant idea! Anyway, I ordered mine off of Amazon for a pretty reasonable price. I was so excited to get them in the mail. The possibilities were endless! This was on fact my first endeavor with Shrinky Dinks. So, to make these necklaces here is what you will need:

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1. Shrinky Dink sheets

2.Scissors

3.Permanent markers

4.Beads and elastic for necklace

5.Small hole punch

I started by cutting out a square from the sheets about twice the size of what I wanted my final pendant to be. Then I drew out a very amateur face of each of my girls as princesses and put their names on it. When I was done with that, I punched a hole in the top middle for threading it onto my necklace after it baked.

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Then I followed the instructions on the package, popped ’em in the oven, and that was basically it!!! I threaded the pendants onto my jewelry elastic (I chose one that was gold and sparkly, of course, for extra girliness) in between my beads. Pretty basic! 

Here is the final product:

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Cheap and Chic

 

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I have four birthdays coming up in the next week for my family and friends. FOUR! I have been scrambling the last few weeks to try to come up with cheap, fun, and personal gifts for all of those on my list. So, of course I have been scrounging around on Pinterest, trying to find cute, easy gifts to make or buy. I found some cute things like DIY coasters and candle holders, but they lacked pizzazz! Then I saw these really pretty ribbon necklaces and as soon as I saw them I knew I could make them without a tutorial (yeah, I’m THAT good and I’m sure you probably are, too). These necklaces only cost me $3 and ten minutes to make. Yep! THREE DOLLARS and TEN MINUTES. And I found all of the supplies I needed at, where else, the Dollar Tree.

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1.Spool of satin ribbon of your choice.

2.Silk Flower

3. Button (optional). The ones I used were ones I already had

4.Large plastic beads

5.Glue gun

Again, this is so simple, I’m sure anyone could figure out how to do this themselves, but humor me. First, I cut out my ribbon about as long as I wanted it to be to hang around my neck as well as some extra to be able to tie it in the back. I won’t give you a specific length because everyone will have their own preference regarding that. Then, I started stringing the beads on using a larger embroidery needle. This took a little patience and some elbow grease to string them on. I found it was easier to string if you just put the corner of the ribbon through the eye of the needle rather than the whole ribbon.

ImageI strung eleven on altogether. Then I took a silk flower and pulled off the stem and middle of it and hot glued a sparkly button onto the middle of it. Bam! Glam! Then I glued the flower onto the ribbon, pulling one bead to the side so it was. And, there you have it. It seriously took me all of ten minutes to make each one of these. One for my sister and one for my best friend.

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