Not Your Grandma’s Flower Ring
One type of DIY that we can never get enough of is DIY jewelry. We get to explore lots of different materials in making our own jewelry, like hardware store goodies or modeling clay. I know it might be hard to believe at first, but this pretty DIY flower ring is actually a shrinky dink! The entire process is extremely easy, and the result is unique and charmingly adorable.
- Scissors or Cutting Machine
- Oven or Toaster Oven
- Emery Board or Fine Grit Sand Paper
- Clear Shrink Film
- Light Pink Art Marker
- Small Gold Bead
- Gold Ring Blank
- E6000 Adhesive
- Gather tools and materials listed above.
- Download the template and cut onto shrink film.
- Color to stamen piece and the center of the petals with a pink marker.
- Bake the larger petal round.
- Quickly remove from oven, then use the handle of a paintbrush to gently push down the middle of the flower and shape the petals upward with your fingers (see photo tutorial). Repeat Steps 4-5 for the second large petal round.
- Bake the smaller stamen piece, then gently shape with a smaller paintbrush.
- Carefully file the edges of the petals to smooth them if necessary.
- Use a toothpick to apply adhesive to the center of the bottom petal piece, the bottom of the middle petal piece, and the center of the stamen piece. Wait 2 minutes for the glue to get tacky.
- Stack the petal pieces, then place the gold bead in the center of the stamen. Wait at least 30 minutes to dry.
- Apply glue to the center of the flower and the bottom of the stamen. Wait 2 minutes for it to get tacky, then attach.
- Apply glue to the bottom of the finished flower and the top of the ring blank. Wait for it to get tacky and attach.
- Allow ring to dry at least 24 hours before wearing.
For a visual guide to making your DIY flower ring, follow our step-by-step photo tutorial!
Download the SVG version to use with a machine, or the PDF if you are cutting by hand. Find guidance to cut the shrink film with a machine in the printable instructions below, or print the template directly onto the shrink film if you are using an inkjet printer. We used a Copic marker in Pink to add the detailing, but any light pink marker will work. The color will bake much more vibrantly. Follow the instructions on your specific shrink film to bake the flower ring pieces properly – generally you will need to place the petals onto a sheet of parchment paper. Shape them as quickly as possible after pulling them out of the oven. The more they cool, the less malleable they will be. We recommend shaping them on a soft surface, like a foam sheet or a kitchen pot holder with the parchment paper in between.