Davina here- A couple of years ago I made some cufflinks for Father's day out of Elfie's drawings using shrink plastic. Ever since I have wanted to make myself some earrings using her drawings as I really loved the cufflinks - I think I just love young children's mark-making - its so expressive and colourful and there is something special about wearing your own child's drawing! I decided to make some this weekend and then thought it would also make a great Mother's day gift for next month. Elfie drew on the shrink plastic and I rubber stamped E's for Elfie and B's for Bonnie on some of them too as I think my mum would like that ( and I know I would!).
What you need to make DIY Drawing Earrings:
- Jewellery Making earring studs (you can buy from any bead shop)
- Strong glue that can glue metal (Super glue will do)
- A drawing by your child (alternatively you could use a drawing/ design by you or words even)
- Shrink Plastic
- Baking tray and baking paper
- Scissors/ giant hole puncher
How to make DIY Earrings using kids' drawings:
- Preheat oven to 170 (UK)
- Consider what size and shape you want your earrings to be - could be round/ triangles etc. Give your child a cut out double the size you want it to be as it will shrink 50%.
- Invite your child to draw whatever they want. You can also use rubber stamps and of course write messages instead of drawing.
- Place cut out shrink plastic pieces on a baking sheet on a baking tray. Cover the pieces with another sheet of baking paper - this will help to stop the pieces from curling.
- Bake for 2-3 minutes
- Remove and use spatula to pat down if slightly curled.
- Allow to cool
- Glue on to earring studs.