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
1. 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.
2. 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.
*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.
4. 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.