I’m so happy to be part of the Mom Endeavors Cornucopia of Creativity again this year! I participated last year and shared my Grateful Board. This year I’m back from my new blog, Brie Brie Blooms. I’m excited to show you how to make a fun kids craft that will become a keepsake for you later.
My daughter is almost four years old and was in complete awe of the magic Shrinky Dink used for this project.
- Shrinky Dink page
- Blue, red, and black colored pencils or permanent markers (you cannot use crayons or water based markers on the Shrinky Dink page)
- Printed notebook paper template (included below)
- Jump Ring and necklace (we used a chain but you could easily put the charm on leather, ribbon, or cord instead)
- Scissors, hole punch, and needle-nose pliers (not shown)
Start by printing the image below on a blank piece of paper. If you copy and paste it into a word document and want the charm sized exactly like the one in this tutorial, be sure the drawn notebook page measures three by four inches.
The Shrinky Dink charm will shrink about three times the size of your original image.
Place the Shrinky Dink page rough side up directly over the notebook template and trace with colored pencils. Then use black marker or pencil to write on the first line of the drawn paper. If you have older children you can skip this step and let them write on the paper themselves.
This is a perfect time for a fun Thanksgiving discussion with your family. Then let your children draw or write the things they are thankful for directly onto the Shrinky Dink page.
My daughter drew our family (her, mommy, daddy, our two cats, and our dog). Cute!
Cut out the drawn image and punch a hole in the top. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a brown paper bag and place your Shrinky Dink page directly on top.
Leave in oven for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. When you remove the pan from the oven you might notice the edges of the charm are slightly curled upward. If this happens, use a spatula to quickly remove the charm from the pan and place it on a cool surface. Press the charm flat with a potholder. The charm will cool quickly.
Once cooled, simply add your jump ring and slide onto your necklace.
I’m looking forward to my daughter wearing her new necklace this week! These would make great gifts for grandparents too!
Thanks so much for letting me stop by to share this kids craft!
so darn adorable. gotta love those shrinky dinks!
Did you use white shrink paper or frosted? Thanks
I realize this isn’t an ornament but I wanted to let you know I featured this in a round up about Christmas ornaments you can make with kids this morning on Creative Green Living (because this would make a super awesome Christmas ornament!)