We aren’t over the whole “bunting” thing are we? I still love them! I recently saw a darling bunting necklace at a boutique-type store and fell in love with it, but I could not quite justify the price. So, I figured out a way to make a similar DIY shrink plastic bunting necklace myself!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY shrink plastic necklace:
- Large Triangle Flag Shape Craft Punch
- Round Hole Punch
- Silver Finish Mixed Findings Set
- Small Silver Necklace Chain
- White Plastic Shrink Film
- Fine Tip Sharpie Markers(Optional)
- Cookie Sheet & Oven
Cut seven (7) triangles from shrink plastic using a triangle craft punch, (or cut triangle shapes using a template).
You can choose to get creative here. For this tutorial, I chose to show you the process using the white shrink plastic as is- and kept the sample project white. My assistant and I also made a black bunting necklace, and a multi-colored one. The multi-colored one is (sadly) not pictured- but it was the envy of the local junior high the following day!
Using sharpie markers, decorate your triangles however you like but keep in mind, the design will shrink, and color will darken as it shrinks.
(Let’s also pretend that my cookie sheet isn’t so ugly, and that my oven is clean.)
If there are a couple of piece that are still slightly curled- you can remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and gently press it flat with the bottom of a coffee mug while the shrink plastic is still hot.
Allow the pieces to cool completely.
In the meantime, measure out the length of jewelry chain that you would like.
Attach a lobster clip to one end of the chain, and a jump ring to the opposite end to create a necklace.
Using jump rings, attach the triangles through the loops of the chain beginning with the first triangle exactly in the center of the necklace.
Secure the jump rings, and then skip a couple of chain links, and attach another triangle. Alternate sides, so the triangles will be spaced evenly. (Confession: I had to dig out my reading glasses for this step. My assistant saw just fine. Kids!)
That’s it! Fasten it up and wear it with pride!