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DIY fern earrings from shrink plastic

DIY fern earrings from shrink plastic - Kittenhood

Continuing the series of plant earrings (previous installments include leather monstera and fuse bead cactus) with a pair of ear-loving, statement-making ferns. This time, made of shrink plastic, a material I’ve been dying to use since I first saw in, what, 2011? I loved experimenting with it, especially in what I believe to be a cool, trendy way. Oh, the things you can do with kids crafts! Ready? Let’s go! 

What you need:

  • one shrink plastic foil (I used transparent)
  • green marker or crayon
  • scissors
  • fern pattern (or draw your own!) 
  • hole punch 
  • oven
  • 2 earring hooks
  • 2 jump rings 

DIY fern earrings from shrink plastic - Kittenhood

DIY fern earrings 

Print out the fern pattern (it’s the exact one I’ve used) and copy it to the rough side of the shrink plastic foil. Copy it again for the second earring, this time mirrored. They may look big but remember that they will shrink to half or more when heated. Cut out each leaf with regular scissors. You won’t use the entire foil of paper so keep the rest for other projects. Coming soon..? 

Punch a hole at the top of each leaf. You want to do this now because once the plastic hardens it will be nearly impossible to pierce. 

Now you can color the leaves all over, also on the rough side of the plastic. Keep in mind that the color will become more intense when shrunk. 

Bake the leaves in the oven, on baking paper. You need to follow the instructions on the package for this step, cause it might differ. Mine required 2-3 minutes at 120° Celsius. It’s safe (and fun!) to stay in front of the oven and watch the leaves bend, twirl and shrink before your eyes. Allow to cool down entirely.

Attach the jump rings and earring hooks and voilà! You have earrings! 

DIY fern earrings from shrink plastic - Kittenhood

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  • Pat S

    Daria, I love shrink wrap jewelry and these are adorable.

    • So glad to hear that! I’m happy with how they turned out 😀

  • DIYinPDX

    How cute! Hooray for leaf earrings 🙂
    Was it hard to cut such intricate shapes from the shrink plastic? I haven’t used it in a while, but I remember that being difficult. Maybe you used a kind that is easier to cut?

    • Hey Rachel, it wasn’t too difficult with small scissors and the rather large leaf! Unfortunately, I have nothing to compare to, cause this was the first batch of shrink plastic I used.

  • Libby Livermore

    I love these Daria! <3

    • Yay! Thank you! 🙂