Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DIY snowflake necklace - Perfect gift for your girl friend

Today I am sharing my first post for Christmas this year. It is about making a beautiful snowflake necklace for your sister, friend or your wife /girl friend (If you are a guy reading this post ;)) to gift this holiday season or may be one for yourself. It is so easy to make and you will be surprised "How gorgeous" it looks. If you can't afford for real diamonds then this is something you should make to impress your girl. I am sure it has more value than the real diamonds if it is handmade jewelry by you.(Don't you agree ? :))Lets start making!!


Materials Required :
One sheet of Shrink plastic (I used Grafix clear)
Marker
Scissors
Xacto knife
Lobster clasp
3 jump rings
Chain of your preferred length. (I used 18") 
Hole punch
Rhinestones
Jewelry pliers
Glue (I used G S hypo cement )
Rubbing alcohol & cotton (Optional)


Step 1: Chose a template (Google search) to trace the snowflake design. You can either print it out and use as a template or you can put the sheet of shrink plastic on your monitor and trace it directly from the screen. My snowflake measured 4.5" in length and width before shrinking.



Step 2: Cut the shape using scissors and blade. Use blade for the inner parts of the snowflake and scissors for the outer part. Be careful to not ruin your design while using sharp scissors. I am saying so because I did spoil my first design while cutting the inner parts of the snowflake with scissors and that is why I recommend you to use blade for the inner and intricate parts of the design. The scissors tend to slide along while turning the design to cut.You should keep in mind that it is not paper and it is plastic ;) (It may sound silly to you until you experience it ;) , so take my word and thank me later ;))



Step 3: Use rubbing alcohol and a piece of cotton to remove the sharpie marks from the design. If you want to avoid this step , trace the design a little larger than you want and cut the design in such a way that you don's get the marks.


Step 4: Once you are done cutting your design,Make a hole with help of a hole punch on the top of the design.


Step 5: Put the cut design on a piece of cardboard to shrink it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 325F and keep the design in the oven for 2-3 minutes.(Refer the package) Enjoy watching the shrink !! The design do curl while shrink and returns to flat .At that moment you can take the design out from the oven. Do not leave the design in the oven and move away.Be there and enjoy the process .





Step 6: Once the design is shrunk (It shrinks to 1.5" and the width of each stem is less than half inch), the next step is to decorate it with rhinestone to give the pendant that gorgeousness. I used G S hypo cement glue as it comes with a precision tip and it is so easy to use with rhinestones. However you can also use super glue or E 6000 for this.



Step 7: Once the glue is dry, Attach a jump ring to the top of the pendant and pass it through the necklace chain. Attach one jump ring on one side and another with lobster clasp on the other side to complete the necklace. Voila !! You now have a beautiful necklace to gift your girl.



How gorgeous is that ? Have you ever made any jewelry out of shrink plastic ? I hope many of you would have already used shrink plastic in childhood days but this is the first time for me. However I did a lot of experiment before actually doing this project to determine the size , it was fun playing with it. You can also make a pair of earrings to go with the necklace. It would make a great matching set of jewelry.

What do you think about this snowflake necklace? Feel free to share your comments below :)

57 comments:

  1. This is beautiful and perfect for little girls.

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  2. I love it! It came out great and it's perfect for the winter :)

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  3. Such a great idea! I can think of my cousins who would absolutely love this.

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  4. Wow! These are adorable! We decorated an entire gazebo for Christmas in Chihuly inspired shrink plastic last year ( http://www.libertyhillhouse.com/2013/12/01/dale-chihuly/ )but I never thought to make snowflakes. Pinning now so I don't forget to make these with the kids this December.

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  5. Wow! Amazing DIY.. Love this snowflake necklace :)

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  6. That's so pretty, Sahana! I never would have thought to create that, but I love it!

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    1. And by the way, thank you so much for sharing at the (extra-long) #homematters linky party! A brand new party starts TOMORROW! We hope to see you then! :)

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  7. This is something my 13yr old son would do to give to a girl he likes.. he is very creative that way..

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  8. I love the snowflake its so creative and with the diamonds it really makes it pop. I never heard of shrink paper before I'll have to look for that I bet the kids or atleast the girls would enjoy a craft like this

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  9. I would of loved to pin this and share but you don't have social share buttons :(

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    1. Share buttons are at the end of the post Tricia :) Thank you for your lovely comment :) I am sure whether its kids or girls they will love this craft :)

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  10. This is such a beautiful, inexpensive craft that I can't wait to try! :D

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  11. I can't believe you made that, it's really beautiful. I wish I was more crafty but your instructions look doable even for me lol, so maybe I can make one.

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  12. Omg that is so pretty!!! Absolutely love it!

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  13. As a child, I did this with Shrinky Dink kits all the time, but I've never done it since. I love this!

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  14. I really like this DIY! I love glittery white snowflakes :)

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  15. Great necklace, it came out very beautifully. I love this idea and will have to give it a try!

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  16. That's beautiful! With the Frozen phase right now it would also make the perfect gift for a little fan.

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  17. That's really cute. My niece would love making this.

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  18. This is lovely. I have tried using shrink plastic for jewellery but have always had issues with it shrinking more one way then the other, so having to make things long and thin to start with to compensate. You don't seem to have needed to do that here, do you think this lovely super clear shrink plastic is better for this?

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    1. Thank you Julia :) I never had that kind of issue ! I actually tested several pieces before this to get an idea of how much it is shrinking but everything came out well. Ya I used super clear one. I have not tried matte or white one. I don't know whether the type of finish affects.I guess it may differ from brand to brand. So, you better try different brand next time :)

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  19. This is so beautiful. I love your tutorial and pictures: they make it easy for non DIY people like me.

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  20. What a great idea! I love how it turned out .

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  21. How much fun and creative idea. I might have to do this with one of my nieces. Im not sure my boys would like it as much as they would

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  22. This is a cute necklace. I have seen a lot of really creative projects using this technique. I see a lot of people make earrings like this.

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  23. So beautiful. My Frozen-obsessed daughter would love this for her upcoming birthday.

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  24. Sahana, What a beautiful necklace... Love it :)

    Praveena

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  25. Oh that is such a beautiful piece! It's something that we can all make and give as present(s) to friends this Christmas. I can even tweak it a bit to make it more personalized for the recipient.

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  26. Wow! Sahana, Beautiful :) Great thought!

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  27. I love this DIY, you're so creative. This is such a beautiful necklace.

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  28. That is beautiful. You are very creative!

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  29. You're one creative woman! Love the necklace. My sister would definitely love this.

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  30. This is so darn cute!!! Little girls would love tis!

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  31. This is a really cute idea, any girl would appreciate such an adorable gift!

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  32. this is a cute idea - great for elementary school children.

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  33. Well that just turned out cute! I really like it, and I bet it was fun making it too.

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  34. Oh gosh - this totally looks so beautiful - only if I can do it myself, too HAHA

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  35. What an adorable gift idea. I've pinned it to give it a try later.

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  36. What a cute and creative idea! So festive and I know my girlfriends will love it!

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  37. Oh wow this is so cool I love the idea and might try to make something like that for my sister

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  38. I love snowfalkes! What a cute, clever, and simple project. Rory and I will have some fun! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  39. This is gorgeous!! Who would have thought shrinky dinks could come this far! I love how delicate this looks. A great project for sure!

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  40. That is such a sweet necklace -- love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle! :)

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  41. I would have never guessed the pendant was made from shrinky plastic. It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with Make It Monday.

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  42. Congratulations on being featured on WUW. Check it out here- http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2014/11/wake-up-wednesday-linky-party-44.html

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Tanya

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    1. Thank you very much for the feature Tanya :)

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  43. Love this idea! Makes me think fondly of the shrinkie-dinks I made as a child. :) Thanks so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  44. Oh my! This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We always love partying with you, I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm at our party. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  45. What a creative gift idea! I really love this necklace!

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  46. Congratulations! You've been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thank you for sharing your snowflake pendant tutorial. Feel free to drop by the website to pick up your "I've Been Featured!" button.

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  47. This is great! I haven't used shrink plastic but, want to after seeing how easy! Pinned & sharing. Congrats! Your project will be featured on @DearCreatives thanks for sharing. Hope to see you again this week. Don't forget to pop by and pick up a featured button tomorrow!

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  48. I think this is beautiful, and I'm going to pin it for future reference. Not sure I can get it together to make them this year, but maybe. If not, next year for sure. Thanks so much for sharing this and for all the clear photos.

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  49. Seriously, Sahana! That is just gorgeous! I love it! I'm going to try it soon hopefully and I pinned it so I can find it again. :)

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  50. Great gift idea, thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday Party

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