Kid Craft: Spirograph Necklaces

DIY spirograph necklace 6

When I think of the Spirograph design set, happy memories come to mind.  It was one of my favorite things to play with when I visited my grandmother.  I never made anything specific with it.  I would just cover a piece of paper with lots and lots of spirograph images.  Honestly, that alone was a great activity.  However, if you want to make something different with your spirograph set, these necklaces are a fun craft to try.

*Recommended for age 8 and up.  Parent supervision is needed for this project, especially for baking the shrinky-dinks.


Fine point sharpie pens – make sure to use the pens and not the felt tip (both are described as “fine point”)

Frosted clear Shrinky-Dink paper – I tried out the white paper as well but because it’s so glossy, the ink easily smears.

Spirograph set – can be found at craft and toy stores


Hole Punch – I used 1/8 in size

Embroidery thread

DIY spirograph necklace 11.  With pen make  a spirograph image on the rough side of the shrinky-dink paper.  Before working on the shrinky-dink paper, test out your designs on regular paper.  This will allow you to choose which designs you like best and reduce the risk of making mistakes on the shrinky-dink paper.

DIY spirograph necklace 22.  With scissors, cut out the image.  I recommend cutting it out in a circle shape opposed to cutting out the actual design shape.  A circle is much easier for children to cut.  Punch a hole at the top of your design.

DIY spirograph necklace3.  Refer to the directions for baking the shrinky-dinks.

*Here are a few tips to get the best results.  Often the shrinky-dinks curl up and stay that way for a while in the oven.  Be patient and let them flatten out in your oven.  Once they flatten they still need to sit in the oven for a while to set (about 30 seconds).  Once set, take one out at a time and flatten it with a spatula with parchment paper in between.  The parchment paper will prevent your shrinky-dink from sticking to the spatula.

DIY spirograph necklace 44.  Cut a piece of embroidery thread that is long enough to place over your head when in a loop. Thread a piece of embroidery string through the hole of the shrinky-dink bead.  Tie a not at the top of the bead to keep it in place.  Tie another knot at the top of the string to secure the necklace.

DIY spirograph necklace 5Mix and match colors for different effects.

7 Responses to Kid Craft: Spirograph Necklaces

  1. If I remember correctly from my Shrinky-Dink days —- take some sandpaper to the surface to give it “teeth,” going in one direction then the other evenly. You should be able to use just about any type of S-D that way.

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