Summer is on it’s way (no, honestly, don’t laugh!) and getting rid of the thick jumpers and scarves is just the excuse I need to indulge in some costume jewellery. If you love outfit coordinating jewellery and hate spending lots of money on it, this is the tutorial for you. It uses Polyshrink (Artists Grade Shrink Plastic) and basic jewellery findings to make a range of bunting jewellery products so you can have one for every outfit!

Use heat shrinkable plastic to make this cute bunting jewellery to co-ordinate with all your summer outfits.

Materials You Will Need to Make Bunting Jewellery:

To make this bunting jewellery you will need: Polyshrink Artists Grade Shrink Plastic, A length of chain, necklace clasps, coloured pencils, fine grade sand paper, jump rings, a pencil and sharpie markers


Tools You Will Need To Make Bunting Jewellery:

The tools you will need to make this bunting jewellery are: Paper scissors, two pairs of pliers, a heat proof surface, a heat tool or oven, wire cutters and a single hole punch.


How To Make Your Bunting Jewellery:

Step One:

Take your sheet of Polyshrink and sand the surface on one side with a fine grade sandpaper. That allows your printer ink to stick to the sheet instead of running off of it. Make sure that you get all areas.

A tip; the harder the lead in your coloured pencils, the rougher the sheet needs to be for it to show.

Use a fine grade sandpaper to sand the entire surface of your sheet of shrinky plastic

If you want to make all the options of this jewellery you will need to prep two sheets of plastic for printing. If not you will need to print accordingly.

Step Two:

Draw out your bunting flags. I used pencil and a ruler and mine were 4.5cm wide (at the top) by 4.5cm long (along the centre line. I used a penny to be the outer line of the peace logo.

Use a pencil to draw out your bunting jewellery. Mine was about 4.5cm wide by 4.5cm long

Step Three:

Use your coloured pencils to colour in the pennants that you want for your piece of jewellery. My advice is to enjoy this bit with a glass of wine in front of the TV!

Use coloured pencils to colour in your bunting jewellery.


Step Four:

Use scissors to cut out your flag shapes and diagonally trim off the corners so that they don’t rub a sore spot whilst you are wearing the necklace.

Use paper scissors to cut the shapes out and trim off any sharp corners so that they don't rub whilst wearing.

Step Five:

Use the single hole punch to punch holes in the corners of each flag. Don’t put the holes too near the edges as this will distort the shape when you shrink it.

Use a single hole punch to put holes in each corner, but not too close to the edge.

Step Six:

I then used Sharpie markers to colour the edges of my bunting flags to match their main colours, (excuse the appalling photo quality, I had to zoom right in and set the timer!).

Use co-ordinating Sharpies to add colour to the edges of your bunting jewellery

Step Seven (Version 1):

Pre-heat your oven to  177º C/ 300º F.  Place all your flags onto a baking tray on top of some baking parchment. Place in the oven. You will find that the plastic curls up as it shrinks and then flattens back down when it is fully shrunk.

You need to keep a close eye on the tray because occasionally the plastic curls up in such a way that it sticks to itself. If that happens you’ll need to sort it out.

The Polyshrink website says:

“Expect PolyShrink to curl and move during baking. Occasionally a piece may stick to itself as it shrinks. To separate, allow the piece to cool slightly and pull gently. You’ll hear a “snap” as the joint comes apart. You can now reheat the piece and finish shrinking”.

Step Seven (Version 2):

Use an embossing heat tool to heat the piece of plastic and heat proof tweezers (or disposable chopsticks!) to secure the plastic in place and apply heat as shown in the video below.

Step Eight:

Using pliers twist one of the jump rings to open them (don’t pull apart as they never line up again, and besides twisting is easier!) thread two of your shrunken flags onto the ring and then use the pliers again to close.

Repeat this until all your flags are linked.

Step Nine:

Use a jump ring to link one end of your chain to one end of your row of flags.

Use pliers and a jump ring to connect your chain to one end of your bunting jewellery.

Step Ten:

Position the row of flags into the position that you want to wear them around your neck. Loop your chain around the back of your neck and figure out where you need to cut the chain to get the look you want.

By placing the chain around your neck you can get a more accurate idea of how short to cut the chain of your bunting jewellery

Cut the chain using wire cutters and join that end to the opposite end of your bunting with another jump ring.

Use wire cutters to trim your chain to the right length for your bunting jewellery

Step Eleven:

Find the middle of the chain section of your necklace and cut on that spot with the wire cutters.

Lay out your bunting jewellery and find the centre of the chain. Cut it with wire cutters

Step Twelve:

Use a jump ring to attach the clasp to one side (which one you will prefer depends on whether you are right or left handed) and attach a jump ring to the other side.

Use pliers again to securely attach the clasp and a jump ring for it to attach to.

Et voila! Your necklace is complete.

Quirky and cheap bunting jewellery with very little time invested and maximum impact, enjoy

If you want to make earrings you can hang shapes from a ball wire or kidney wire fitting or you can use glue to stick shapes to studs.