DIY Typography Pendants

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Easy tutorial on how to make your own typography pendant necklace.

Step 1:

SUPPLIES:
  • A printout of the word you’d like on your pendant, using Lust Script. Make sure to print it out 250 to 300% larger than the size you’d like the finished pendant to be because they shrink a lot when you bake them.
  • Shrinky Dink plastic sheet. (You can buy a pack of these from most craft stores.)
  • Sharpie marker
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape or masking tape
  • Kraft paper
  • Standard hole punch
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jump rings and chain
  • Lust Script by Neil Summerour

Step 2:


Cut a piece of the Shrinky Dink plastic and place it over what you want to trace. Tape it in place so it won’t move around, and trace with a Sharpie. Color in the letters with either your Sharpie, colorful markers, or pencil crayons.

Step 3:


Using the hole punch, punch holes where you’d like the loops for your chain to go. Cut around the word, leaving a small border. Be sure to go around your hole punches.

Step 4:


Place your plastic pieces onto the Kraft paper (fold one corner of the paper to make getting it off the warm baking pan easier). Place into a 325-degree-Fahrenheit preheated oven (or toaster oven) for approximately two minutes. Watch them shrink, curl up, and flatten out again. Once they’ve flattened out, give them another 30 seconds, then remove them from the oven.

Step 5:


If the pendants didn’t flatten out enough in the oven, you can gently press them with a pad of paper or spatula while they’re still warm.

Step 6:


Attach your jump rings and chain, and admire your awesome handmade necklace!

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    14 Discussions

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    Halia

    3 years ago

    So cute

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    lyricelle

    5 years ago on Introduction

    can you tell me what brand of white shrink plastic you're using? i cannot see thru the shrinkie dink white sheets to trace my words...

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    ll1234

    5 years ago

    what type of shrinky dink did you use, the ultra thick paper or regular

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    ymasullo

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Did you know that you can avoid spending the money for the Shrinky Dinks plastic (which can be costly if you are really into this)? Just save the deli plastic containers and things of that nature that have a number 6 inside a triangle (a recycling symbol). This plastic works just the same way! I did this to make something for my school (I teach high school) and the boys were amazed.

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    I've used that before and it works just as good as the clear Shrinky DInks! For something like this, it may look better on the white shrink plastic like it's made on in the instructions. I've used a White Sharpie Paint Pen to make my clear shrink plastic into white shrink plastic! Just thought I'd mention that since the tips we-are-a-sharing!

    When the plastic is heated in the oven and shrinks up, it also gets thicker!! Always seems like magic watching it curl up, shrink and thicken up!

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    Fairgoodszogsvengali

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the interest and for trying it out. We really love this project and we'd love to see your finished project, share with us on our facebook.