So, I might have developed a small sloth obsession while we were in Costa Rica last month. They are just so stinking cute and are such a totally ridiculous animal. I mean, how does something that slow make it through the whole evolutionary process? I can’t exactly see them winning a jungle street fight. They are basically tree sweaters.
This sloth necklace is my tribute to those cute little tree friends. I wanted to make a necklace where the sloth could actually hang from a chain and that wasn’t too flimsy. Shrinky Dinks to the rescue!
- Inkjet Shrinky Dink paper
- Small hole punch
- Toothpicks – 2
- Super fine chain – 12 – 16 inches depending on how long you want the necklace to be.
- Needle nose pliers
- End crimp beads – 2
- Jump rings – 2
1. Print this sloth image onto your Shrinky Dink paper.
2. Cut out your sloth. Try to stay as close to the lines as you can.
3. With a small hole punch (don’t use a regular size) punch holes in each of the four paws. Are they paws on a sloth? Feet? Hands? Let’s go with toe holders.
4. Here is the funny step. If you just bake the necklace as is, the holes will shrink too much and you won’t be able to get a chain through them. To keep the holes large, you need to break two toothpicks in half and stick one pointed end into each hole.
5. Once you have all four holes plugged, bake per the instructions on the Shrinky Dink paper.
6. Once your sloth is baked and cooled, slide the chain through the holes.
7. Using your needle nosed pliers, attach the end crimp bead to each side of the chain.
8. Still using the pliers, attach a jump ring to each of the end clamps.
9. Attach your clasp to the jump rings.
- I lost a couple sloths to hole shaping issues. I used a regular size punch and it basically cut off the entire paw area. I tried to bake them without the toothpicks and the holes shrunk too much.