It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Make this DIY 8-bit heart necklace set in ten minutes.
Things you might know: We love 8-bit hearts (here…here), and Shrinky Dinks are awesome (we made some Shrinky Dink cameo necklaces, here). Combine those things, and you get this quick geeky DIY project.
Start with PRINTABLE Shrinky Dinks. They go through your regular inkjet printer. If you can’t find ‘em, you could try to just draw/trace the shapes on regular Shrink Plastic. We get ours at Michael’s, or you could go with Amazon.
Print this out full size (test it first on regular paper, before using the plastic):
Here it is as a PDF, which might work better: 8-bit-heart-necklace
The reason there are four 8-bit hearts there is because sometimes Shrinky Dinks laugh in your face and ruin themselves for no reason (by curling up in a weird tight ball that won’t open, or twisting themselves all around). If you’re already going to be printing, why not do some backups? Plus then you have more geekery for gifting.
Once they’re printed, cut the shapes out. Then – IMPORTANT – cut a hole for the necklace chain to attach. Remember to make the hole 2-3 times bigger than you want it to end up.
Bake according to package instructions, doing one set at a time. Takes about a minute. If one curls up, keep it in the oven 30 seconds longer, and it might uncurl and flatten.
They’ll shrink like crazy, after doing a funny dance in your oven. They become maybe 1/3 of the original size, and the color gets much more saturated. Example:
Color the white side parts with black sharpie, and spray a clear coat or put a coat of Mod Podge on it, to seal it. Both of those are optional, but the clear coat will keep the color from fading. We did a matte finish clear coat.
We each hung ours from our car rearview mirrors. Look how gloomy it is in LA!
Are you working on any geeky Valentine’s Day gifts, or have any fun plans? We’re thinking about doing a quick camping trip, before it gets too hot.