I know, I know, you don’t believe me when I say Shrinky Dinks can be used to make a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift. But seriously, what’s more adored than a piece of your child’s art? Here’s what we’re making to give our beloved Nana and Grandma this year for Mother’s Day.
Shrinky Dink Art Bookmark
1 package of Shrinky Dink shrink plastic
jump rings (available at any craft store)
jeweller’s pliers (also available at any craft store, though not totally necessary, you may be able to open and close jump rings with your fingers)
metal book mark or length of chain
pencil crayons to colour in the art
Shrinky Dinks shrink to approximately 1/3 their original size, so to make this easier, cut the shrink plastic to the size you’d like the art to be (to avoid a too-large piece). Last summer, my kids and I had a blast making all kinds of Shrinky Dink charms, and they love creating something then watching it shrink in just minutes in the oven.
Design the charm, and make sure to punch the hole before you melt the pieces.
If you have a little piece of chain, you could attach the jump rings to that instead and use it as a bookmark, too. Get creative! Isn’t the finished gift adorable?
You could also attach a charm to a chain, or even to a key ring (the hardware for key chains are also sold at craft stores). The possibilities are endless, and the resulting gifts are personal, beautiful and guaranteed to be cherished.