Make This: Shrinky Dink Silhouette Pendant Necklace

By Katherine • posted on 01/02/2012

This contributor post was written by Katherine of Making Chicken Salad.

Sometimes I like a simple, inexpensive little craft to be able to sit down with to take a break from a busy day, and this project fits the bill nicely. It breaks down to less than $5 per necklace (depending on how fancy you get with your jewelery supplies–mine came from the craft section at Walmart) and once you have your materials assembled you can have a brand new necklace in 15 minutes or less. I have all of my supplies for this project sorted and stored in a muffin tin, and my son have been pulling it out of the cupboard every day for the past week for quick craft sessions.

Here are the materials you’ll need: 1. shrinky dink film 2. colored pencils (not water soluable) 3. small hole punch 4. small piece of twine or ribbon 5. necklace chain 6. jump rings and clasp for your necklace 7. needle nose pliers

Here is how you make it:

1. Take a profile photo of your child/husband/wife/dog, or whomever you would use for your necklace with your phone or digital camera. Make sure they are stading against a white or light background in a well-lit area.

2. You will be using your phone or camera screen as a mini mightbox to trace your image. With the rough side of the shrinky dink film facing UP, place it on the screen and gently trace the image outline with a sharp, black pencil. I found this much easier to do with a bit of blue painters tape holding the film in place.

3. Remove the film from your phone and color in your silhouette, and draw a cute little red heart.

4. Cut out your silhouette and heart, leaving a small border around the edge of each image. Punch a small hole near the top of each cutout.

5. Bake the shrinky dinks in a 250 degree (F) oven for approximately four minutes on a foil-lined metal cookie sheet. You will know they are done when they have completely flattened out and the edges are no longer curled. For even baking, place the baking sheet in the oven while it is preheating so that the shrinky dinks are heated evenly on both sides.

6. Remove the shrinky dinks from the oven and let cool while you gather your jewelery making supplies.

7. Attach one of your jump rings to the silhouette pendant, then slip it onto the necklace chain. Loop your twine or ribbon through the heart, then tie it to the pendant charm with a little bow. Finally, attach your final jump rings and clasp to each end of the chain and your project is done!


About Katherine: Katherine Jalaty lives in Northern California, where she spends her time taking care of her family and making things for her new home. Her blog, Making Chicken Salad: The Art of Something Out of Nothing, is where she shares DIY projects, recipes and bits of inspiration from her own life and from other artists. Keep up with her on the blog or on Twitter @katherinejalaty.

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ten lovely shrinky dink tutorials - dear handmade life

how do you use the black shrinky dink paper? I recently bought some shrink paper and it had black, beige, white, and the clearlike scratched paper.


I love the white feather dish you displayed the necklace on. Where can I get one? Would be perfect for my coffee table. Great project. Thanks, D x


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Jes Lacasse » Lunchtime Lookup – January 20th, 2012

Such a good idea ! I happen to have sheets of shrink plastic lying around, and I didn’t find a lot of good looking things to do with them… until now !


Thank you, Tamar! I will have to see if I can stumble across some of those boxes & give it a shot!


Hi, Sloane!
Yup, you are correct–I put the baking sheet in the oven without the shrinky dinks while it preheated so that the shrinky dinks heated evenly from both the top (the hot air) and the bottom (the pan).
I left a bit of white space around the face when I cut because the shrinky dink plastic is brittle and it’s hard to be precise on tiny details such as the nose and lips.

Have fun!


Hi. This is gorgeous and I want to try it.

Do you put the baking sheet in the oven while it is preheating without the shrinky dinks on it? Also, why do you leave space around the face when you cut? Do you leave it that way? Thanks.


If you don’t have an oven, then a heatgun will do the trick!


Thanks for the tip Tamar. I had no idea that you could use certain bakery boxes as shrink plastic. Very cool!


Remember, too, that any old bakery boxes that are marked with the recycling label of ^ can be used as shrink plastic, the same way. Recycling ANDa good reason to check out the trash in the kitchen at the office or church,lol. My kids adore shrink plastic, and a few dollar tree cake boxes can keep them in gear for a couple of weeks, if our freebies run out (more and more bakeries are moving towards number 1 recycling label boxes, thus preventing my kids from having craft materials. snif snif!)


crafty chica did that project for mother’s day a while back too, really cute idea!

brenda sandoval

I love this! Clever way to make the silhouette on the iPhone too.


I already said this on twitter, but i’ll say it again… I just bought some shrinky dinks a couple of weeks ago for a project I have yet to get to and this is giving me motivation to get my booty in gear. Love the tutorial Kathryn.


so clever! i love it! 🙂

Patty Schaffer

That is fabulous!

Seriously Sassy Mama

very nice idea!
i recently bought a pack of shrinking plastic & i think i am going to try it!

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