Fun Crafts with Your Digital Camera

Photo Charm Bracelet

Remember Shrinky Dinks? Now you can use that same cool superthin plastic to make your own jewelry.

What You Need

  • Shrinky Dinks plastic sheets for inkjet printers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Cookie sheet
  • Brown paper bag
  • Oven
  • Clear nail polish
  • Accent beads
  • Jewelry jump rings
  • Elastic jewelry cord

To Make

  1. Choose seven digital pictures. Select wallet-size prints for each photo.
  2. Set your printer to its photo setting and select black-and-white printing. To prevent photos from becoming distorted, also set your printer to "transparencies" or lighten the photos 50 percent.
  3. Load one Shrinky Dinks plastic sheet into your printer and print photos.
  4. Cut out photos and trim with scallop-edge scissors. Punch a hole in the corner of each photo and put a jump ring through each hole.
  5. Preheat oven to 275 F. Lay photos on a paper-bag-lined cookie sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes until they shrink. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. To protect photo charms, brush on a coat of clear nail polish. Cut a piece of elastic jewelry cord to fit your child's wrist. Thread on photo charms, alternating with colorful beads, until bracelet is complete. Knot ends tightly.

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