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St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces DIY and Irish Pins

St. Patrick's Day DIY necklace

I made these easy St. Patrick’s Day necklaces and St. Patrick’s Day pins to spiff up my St. Patrick’s Day outfit just a little bit. I just love making DIY jewelry using Shrinky Dinks! It’s a fun and lucky St. Patrick’s Day craft activity for kids that adults will love too. Keep reading to get my free printable templates to make your own DIY Shrinky Dink necklaces and pins for St. Patrick’s Day.

DIY St. Patrick's Day Necklaces on girl

 

Cute accessories for St. Patrick’s Day outfits

Of all the holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is among the least classy when it comes to outfits and unfortunately, my Chicago home is a prime offender. Our Chicago neighborhood is filled with partiers wearing gaudy glitter clover headbands, shiny green and gold beads, beer-logo-strewn clothing, face painting, and the like. These St. Patrick’s Day necklaces and pins are a cute and classy St. Patrick’s Day outfit idea.

St. Patrick's Day outfit with DIY necklaces

Now I’m not claiming that my Shrinky Dink necklaces are super fancy but they sure beat clover earrings and leprechaun sweatshirts. Oof. Aren’t they cute?

St. Patrick's Day DIY necklaces

I made an assortment of Irish-inspired charms including a map of Dublin in both circles and squares and some St. Patrick’s Day Irish sayings – Kiss Me, Irish, Craic, Lucky. I also made a charm from this photo that my sister took on our trip to Ireland – it’s a clover made out of horseshoes that we saw in Dingle. Love.

Clover made from horseshoes photo taken in Dingle, Ireland by Kathy Beymer

We all know that Shrinky Dinks are fun to make no matter your age. I still love making Shrinky Dinks like these lucky rabbit’s foot napkin rings. And these St. Patrick’s Day necklaces are just as cute on the kids.

St. Patrick's Day DIY necklaces and pins on girl

May the road rise up to meet you.

Dublin map DIY necklace for St. Patrick's Day

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Supplies for making St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces and Pins for St. Patrick’s Day outfits:

Additional supplies for making St. Patrick’s Day pins (please see my St. Patrick’s Day pins step-by-step tutorial)


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How to make St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces and Pins with Irish Maps and Sayings

Step 1: Print free St. Patrick’s Day printable onto shrink plastic film

First, print my free printable (pick one of them or both) onto Shrinky Dink ink jet printable shrink film following the Shrinky Dink instructions. You need to use an ink jet printer here — the Shrinky Dink sheets won’t work with laser printers. They will print very lightly, and this is intentional because the colors will darken and intensify when the necklaces and pins are baked in the oven.

Printing Shrinky Dinks on an ink jet printer

Step 2: Cut the Shrinky Dinks into necklace charms

Cut out the Shrink Dink pieces using an Xacto knife, metal ruler, and self-healing cutting mat for straight edges, and use good scissors for the circles.

How to cut Shrinky Dink plastic with straight lines

Again you’ll notice that they the Shrinky Dink St. Patrick’s Day jewelry pieces will look a bit pale – that’s by design because when they shrink up, the colors will intensify.

Shrink plastic St. Patrick's Day craft activity

Step 3: Punch holes in your Shrinky Dinks before baking

Punch holes for necklaces using a 1/4″ hole puncher. If you want to make pins, skip the hole punching step — and you also should cut off a little of the left green side for the sayings so the pins because pins don’t need the hole punch room. Punch two holes for the Dublin map — just make sure you aren’t punching too close to the edge because as you know it’s all going to shrink up.

How to punch holes in shrink plastic film

Step 4: Bake your Shrinky Dink jewelry

Follow the instructions on your Shrinky Dink ink jet printable shrink film. Mine said to put Shrinky Dinks on a metal cookie sheet with a piece of paper bag on the top for easy removal later.

Shrink plastic necklace charm on a cookie sheet

Now the best part — shrink it! I never get tired of watching this little guys cook and curl and flatten out.

Shrink plastic necklace charms in the oven

Even when they look a little scary like this cup they end up flattening out in the end.

Shrink plastic necklace charms in the oven

Elise got into the Shrinky Dinks too — kind right of passage if you ask me.

Girl watching shrinky dinks bake in the oven

Here’s what they look like when the come out of the oven. See how the colors are more saturated and bright now?

Shrinky Dink necklace charms after baking in the oven

When they come out of the oven, very quickly slip off the brown grocery cart, place another piece of paper on top of the warm Shrinky Dinks, and flatten with a heavy book like this one I was given when I met Martha Stewart! AAH!!

Heavy book on top of shrink dink charms

Step 5: Thread St. Patrick’s Day charms onto metal necklace chains

To make necklaces, simply thread the ball chain necklace through the holes. Elise helped me with this part and promptly put them on to wear for the day. My cute little semi-Irish girl.

Elise wearing St. Patricks' Day DIY necklaces copyright Kathy Beymer

And if you want to make them into pins, please see my DIY St. Patrick’s Day Pins using Shrinky Dinks tutorial. It’s super easy too – lucky you!!

Woman wearing DIY St. Patrick's Day jewelry

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Be sure to pin these St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces and Pins to dress up your DIY St. Patrick’s Day outfit

Easy DIY Jewelry for St. Patrick's Day Outfits

And be sure to check out more St. Patrick’s Day craft activities and St. Patrick’s Day recipes like my classic pot pie recipe.

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Allie

Friday 15th of February 2013

To Pamela Clear nail polish works well to gloss the top or jewelry resin in a squeeze bottle can be found in craft stores like Michaels

Kathy Beymer

Sunday 17th of February 2013

Thanks, Allie! That's a great tip. Is the resin easy to work with? I've yet to use it.

Pamela

Wednesday 19th of December 2012

Did you spray something over the top after you printed to seal them? I made some and put modgepodge on top and all the ink lifted right off. :-(

Kathy

Friday 3rd of March 2017

Hi Pamela, I am just seeing this comment - that's quite a delay, ha! Anyway, so when I seal ink jet Shrinky Dinks I use clear nail polish and it works really well. Just use thin coats of the nail polish and make sure that they are 100% cool before sealing. Give that a try and let me know how it goes!

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