It’s time for all us teachers to get together those adorable, handmade, kindergarten Mothers Day gifts! So today I am sharing this adorable, easy, and inexpensive Mothers Day Necklace or Keychain that your kiddos can make and moms everywhere will love and cherish forever!
A few weeks ago, I was reminded of the Shrinky Dink film that I used to make charms with when I was a girl. It dawned on me that as a mom myself, I would love to have a keepsake of my kids’ handwriting, but yet not have a trunk full of papers and old school projects. So my love of shrink wrap paper and treasured keepsakes inspired me to come up with this gift for Mothers Day. I can’t wait to see all of my student’s moms faces, when they receive this treasure!
Shrink Paper ( I bought mine through Amazon and you can too…just click my affiliate link here.)
Sharpies (This 24 pack on Amazon Prime is only $10.24!!!)
Step 1: I cut my 8.5×11 sheets in half and drew different ‘frames’ on each one. Most were ovals, but a few were hearts. I left the sharpies in my writing station, along with a few Mothers Day words that they could use in their writing. They wrote messages, drew pictures and signed their names, in their kindergarten writing.
Step 2: Next, I brought them home and cut them out. For some I used decorative scissors and some I used just regular scissors. No rhyme or reason to my method, as I was just trying it out.
Step 3: Use a hole punch to punch a hole wherever you want the necklace beads, ribbon, or key chain to go. You MUST do this BEFORE it goes in the oven!! Otherwise, it will be too hard to and thick to punch after it goes in the oven.
Step 4: Preheat your oven to 325 and lay shrink paper flat on parchment paper, wax paper, or a regular cookie sheet. Put in oven and ‘bake’ for 1-3 minutes.
Don’t be alarmed when it curls up!! I promise you that it will lay down flat. Please babysit your oven and shinky dink!! After it lays down and flattens out, remove from oven and allow time to cool. (If it is not completely flat, you can take a spatula and flatten it, while it is still hot!)
Step 5: After allowing time to cool down, lay them out and admire how adorable they are and what a keepsake they are going to be for your student’s mamas!!
Step 6: Finally, add your necklace beads, ribbon, or key chain holder.
I hope you love these and your kiddos enjoy making them for the special mother in their life!