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#Project 203: Shrink Art Animal Necklaces

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 by Irene Hoofs

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

DIY Nature-insprired flower wristlet by Bonnie Scorer

With the arrival of Spring, many animals have emerged from their winter homes, inspiring us to make animal necklaces!  

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

What you'll need - for Shrink Art:
* Plastic shrink art paper (you can purchase this at a craft store)
* Sand Paper
* Pencil Crayons
* Cookie sheet
* Hole Punch
* Paper
* Pencil/eraser

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

What you'll need - for Shrink Art:
* Wooden beads
* Acrylic paint
* Floral foam
* BBQ skewers
* Pony beads

OR

* Purchase pre-painted wooden beads!

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

What you'll need - for lacing:
* Elastic cord, embroidery floss, yarn or child-safe/breakaway cord
* Pony beads
* Scissors

With any project we always find these items helpful:
* Craft tray
* Apron

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Here we go:

Step 1: Painting your beads

* Have an adult cut off the sharp points off of the BBQ skewers.
* Put a pony bead at the bottom of your skewer. This will hold your beads in place and prevent them from sliding down when you paint them.
* "String" your beads onto your skewer.
* Insert your skewer into your craft foam.
* Don your smock.
* Paint your beads. We find it helpful to hold the skewer with one hand at the top while you paint with the other.
* Paint as many colours as you would like for your jewellery.
* Allow to dry overnight.

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Step 2: Making Shrink Art

* Draw out your animal onto your paper.  Remember that when you put your shrink art in the oven it will shrink to about 3 times the size.
* Cut out a piece of shrink art paper that is bigger than your drawing.
* Scuff it with a piece of sand paper. (You may want to wear a mask for this process or have an adult do it.)
* Place your plastic shrink art paper over your drawing. (You may want to tape it down with clear tape to hold it in place.) Trace over it with a dark colour such as black.
*Colour in your animal with your pencil crayons.
*Cut around your animal, leaving a border.
*Punch 1 or 2 holes into your animal or outside of your animal so you can lace it once it has shrank.
*With an adult, follow the directions included with the product as to baking your creations! (Oh what fun it was to watch our animals shrink through oven door!)

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Step 3: Lacing it together

* Lace your beads and your shrink art onto either embroidery floss, elastic cord or a child safe release cord to make a bracelet or necklace.  We like going through the bead and then coming back and going through again.
* Wear your creations or give them to a friend!

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Thank you Bonnie and Make it your own! Now let's make some fun animal accessories!

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