One of my favorite things about blogging is involving my daughters in my projects, photos, photo editing, and post editing!
I’ve also tried to get my son involved, but his days of crafting ended after 2nd grade. 🙂
Getting my girls involved gets fresh eyes on my work and another point of view. And if you want to know the brutally honest truth about something? Just ask your kids!
But the sting of the occasional, “Mom, this project stinks/is ugly/looks old-fashioned!” is worth it, because the girls get a boost of confidence and feel like a part of something important. Plus, I trust their opinions!
So, this year when my youngest daughter wanted to create an extra special St. Patrick’s Day gift for her BFF, we decided we’d work on the project together and turn it into a blog post. She was involved in the process from start to finish.
We started out by talking through some ideas, but we hit a stumbling block right away. We just weren’t inspired.
We continued brainstorming throughout the day, even heading off on our own to explore our favorite resource. Not surprisingly, it’s Pinterest for both of us. But we still came up empty. We decided to take a stroll through the craft store to see if that would shake our creative mojo loose.
After a couple of laps around the craft store (cardio & creativity!), we hit on an idea that had us both seriously excited. A little more talking it through and we landed on today’s project: “You’re the Pot of Gold to My Rainbow” Friendship Necklaces!
We were so excited to have finally found our idea that we were dancing, jumping, and cheering…in the middle of the craft store.
I’m sure it was quite a sight. But what’s a little embarrassment when you’re enjoying quality mother/daughter time, right?! 🙂
These necklaces are so easy to make and they only took us about 30 minutes. Plus, the possibilities are endless!
How To Create Your Own “You’re the Pot of Gold to My Rainbow” Friendship Necklaces
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Shrink Film (Ours was translucent but white would work as well; get it at your local craft store or online)
- Pot of Gold & Rainbow Template (Snag yours below)
- Sharpie Permanent Markers
- 1″ Circle Punch (Optional)
- Cardboard or Parchment Paper
- Oven-Safe Pan
- A Standard Hole Punch
- Jump Rings (Found in the jewelry section of your local craft store)
- Necklace Chains
- Necklace Card (Also found below)
First, read the directions on your Shrink Film. They all differ!
I’m NO artist, but I gave drawing these images a try, because I really wanted to be able to give you a template. And with a few tips and tricks, I was successful! I used the “insert>shapes” option for the coins and my editing tool to help me even out the pot.
If you ever want to draw a rainbow, definitely give this trick a try!
First, draw a circle. Since I can’t freehand anything, I traced one of my ribbon holders that was about the size I wanted.
Next, draw four lines to cut your circle into 8 equal pie-shaped pieces, then draw six arcs in each pie section, matching them up from one section to the next. That way you don’t have to keep them even and equal across the whole rainbow, just each little section!
Because I wanted my rainbow arcs to be evenly spaced and because of my aforementioned freehanded drawing struggles, I went ahead and measured the length of one of my pie pieces and divided it by 6 (the number of arcs I would need to draw). I marked the spots on the first pie piece and drew my arcs.
Repeat this process on the top four arcs, then erase the extra pencils marks and you have a rainbow!
*BTW, I went through A LOT of eraser on this project!
Pretty nifty, huh?!
Of course, for this project you don’t have to draw your own rainbow. Just print the template on your Shrink Film!
The images might seem large once you print your template, but they will shrink by about 50% in the oven.
Now, color in your images with your Sharpies. This step was fun and relaxing for me. In fact, I was looking for more Shrink Film projects to make just so I could do more coloring! My daughter enjoyed it, too, and it was a great time to chat, because we were both relaxed.
The only images we didn’t color with Sharpies were the clouds. We used a light blue colored pencil, because we wanted just a touch of color on them. Plus, I didn’t have a light blue Sharpie.
Make this project your own and use what you have. That’s the fun of it!
Now that your images are popping with color, cut them out.
The Shrink Film is a little difficult to cut. I did the cutting for our project and found it helpful to move the image around a lot, so that I could cut along the lines without cutting too deep or ripping the Shrink Film with the scissors. This is especially true with the clouds.
We used a circle punch on the coins, which was so much easier than cutting them out. You can see the one I hand cut just below the punch. Yikes!
Go ahead and punch your holes for your jump rings now. We used both a small hole punch and a standard one. We were able to get the jump rings in the small holes after the Shrink Film baked, but next time, I would use just the standard hole punch on all of my images.
Once you’re finished cutting and punching your holes, lay your items out on an oven-safe pan covered with parchment paper or cardboard. This is a great place to double check your Shrink Film directions. Yours might be different.
When the oven is at the recommended temperature, pop your Shrink Film images in the oven. Ours cooked really fast (2-3 minutes). And don’t panic if they start curling! You’ll know they’re done when they uncurl and lay flat.
I was a little worried that my rainbow would curl onto itself, but it was fine. If that happens, just pull them out of the oven quickly and flatten it with a spatula. Then stick them back in the oven until the rest of the images flatten.
Here are the fully baked, hardened pieces. Look at those lovely colors!
And here’s a side-by-side comparison, so that you can see the amount of shrinkage.
Let your pieces cool for a few minutes, then add your jump rings and attach the jump rings to the necklaces.
Finally, print the necklace card, cut slits for the necklace, and gift to your or your daughter’s BFF! 🙂
Don’t forget to grab your necklace card below this picture!
Of course, after I finished all of my photo shooting, my daughter decided that the necklace card needed “just a little more bling.” She grabbed our gold glitter glue and added a few blingy touches!
My daughter and her BFF loved the necklaces, and they both wore them on St. Patrick’s Day!
I encourage you to grab some Shrink Film, get your kids involved, get your craft on, and experience a little Shrink Film “magic!”
More St. Patrick’s Day Projects
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Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope you had a fun St. Patty’s Day!