Good day all! Hasn’t the weather been just glorious? It’s lovely to get outside for a walk without getting carried away by mosquitoes. I’m looking forward to speeding more time outside with my mom this weekend. That’s right Mother’s Day is this weekend! While I’m not completely unprepared, it would be nice to add a little something extra to my mom’s gift. Checking my craft closet I found some sheets of Shrinky Dinks®* plastic. I’ve loved this stuff ever since I was a kid. So I decided to give this kiddie project some grownup elegance and create a wrap bracelet for my mom.
With a bit of ribbon and some jewelry supplies, this wrap bracelet DIY is elegant and easy to make. It’s also a great project to do with your kids which makes it extra special for mom. In an hour or less, you can create a unique bracelet that mom will love to wear.
The supplies you will need for this wrap bracelet DIY are:
- Shrinky Dinks®* frosted shrinkable plastic sheet
- Mother’s Day message about 5-6 inches wide
- Permanent marker or Pencil (depending with side you draw on – more info later)
- Hole punch
- Leather cord (optional)
- Jewelry chain
- Premade strands of beads
- Jewelry findings:
- Crimp closures
- Jump rings
- Toggle clasp
- Paper bag and baking sheet
You should be able to find all of the jewelry supplies and Shrinky Dinks®* at your local craft store. There is a variety of Shrinky Dinks®*, but I prefer the frosted “ruff n’ ready” variety. The frosted side gives a nice effect once it’s baked.
To make this bracelet DIY start out by printing your Mother’s Day quote or any words you want. You could skip this part and write freehand, but my handwriting isn’t the best or the straightest so I prefer this way.
There are lots of beautiful fonts that are free to use on the internet. So choose the one you like the best might be the toughest decision of this project. 😉 Ideally you want your saying or word to be 5-6 inches long. Either use the guides in your word processor app or create a page a little larger that.
Once you have printed out your words, place the Shrinky Dinks®* sheet over the top. On the frost sheets you can use pencil on the ruff side and permanent marker on either side. Trace and color in the words to transfer them to the plastic.
I like to use permanent marker on the smooth side to get that frosted background. You can even do a layered effect: permanent marker words on the smooth side with colored pencil design on the rough side.
Next you need to cut out the words for the bracelet.
Cut around the words leaving extra space at either end for holes. You need to punch hole on either end of the cutout to string it on the bracelet. A standard hole punch works great for this. The holes might seem big, but remember this stuff really shrinks down.
Once the holes are in place, it’s time to bake.
Cut a rectangle out of the paper bag to line the baking sheet. Follow the directions included in the Shrinky Dinks®* They tend to curl a bit in the oven. But if they curl onto themselves don’t panic. Just take some wooden chop sticks and uncurl them. Bake them for a little more so that they lay flat.
To get a nice curled shape, you need to bend them straight from the oven. You can shape the pieces around a soup can (without the label) or a wooden rolling pin. Anything circular that would melt or stick to the plastic. I recommend wearing oven gloves or hot pads when you do this. You can also sandwich the pieces in paper from the bag to press them. It gets a little hot and harder to see what you are doing. But it works in a pinch.
Leave the plastic pieces to cool and start getting rest of the bracelet ready.
Measure mom’s wrist or one of her bracelets if it is a surprise. This is a wrap bracelet so you want the strands to be a little over twice as long as your wrist measurement.
For the ribbon strand, measure and cut a piece twice as long as the wrist measurement. Fold the edges into the center. For thicker ribbons, fold ribbon in half. Place a crimp closure at the end of the ribbon and crimp sides closed with a pliers one side at a time. If you can’t trim off the bit of excess at the end, you can light a match and carefully burn down the end. Be very careful! You don’t wan to burn yourself or the majority of the ribbon. More ribbons have some nylon in them so it should melt into a nub. Hold the crimp with a pliers because it will get hot. (Of all the ways I could have burned myself, I nearly burned myself on that. 😛 ) Repeat steps on the other end.
For leather cording just add a crimp closure to either end, and you are ready to go.
Once all of the strands are ready, it’s time to assemble this wrap bracelet.
To make sure the toggle closure is on the underside of your wrist, you will need to place the Shrinky Dinks®* pieces off to one side. I like to use premade jewelry strands for this because its easier to open and close the rings in between than add a bunch of crimp closures to ribbons. Attach jump rings to the plastic pieces through the punched holes. Measure about 3 inches of jewelry strand and attach that to ring on one side. Attach the rest of the strand to the other side. Measure the entire strand and take off excess length.
For example, the ribbons I made for the bracelet are about 15 inches long. So I want the entire strand of beads to be 15 inches as well: including the Shrinky Dinks®* piece.
Repeat as needed. If you are also having a strand of jewelry chain make that to size as well. You will need an inch or two of chain for the toggle as well.
Load all the strands on to jump rings at each end. Attach the hoop to one end. For the other end, attach the little extra chain to the toggle with a jump ring, and string onto the ring with the rest of the strands.
Wrap up this bracelet, and it’s ready to give!
Doesn’t it look fantastic?! I really love how this turned out. It’s one of my favorite projects so far, and it’s completely customizable. I already made one for myself based on my favorite quote, and I have more in the works. You could even make mother/daughter bracelets. The possibilities are endless and completely up to you.
It may a little late to order a gift for mom, but it’s never too late to buy yourself a little something. Why not treat yourself to something that will relive the drying effect of an air conditioner? Available at Heartland America right now is an ultrasonic humidifier with fragrance diffuser.
This elegantly designed humidifier so quiet you can sleep easy. With dry protection, you don’t have to worry about it running on empty. Just relax and enjoy healthy humidity. You can even add an essential oil for more health benefits. Pick one up while you can. Supplies are limited.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your family this weekend. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at Heartland America! Next week I’ll be bringing you a sweet recipe. Until then remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.
* Shrinky Dinks® is a registered trademark of Alex Brands® and has no affiliation with Heartland America or Home with Heartland.