Summer Bucket List Charm Necklace

Our countdown to summer begins! For our summer bucket list last year, we made scout vests and earned patches for each thing we crossed off. It was so much fun to keep track of, and the vests are now hanging in the girls’ bedroom, a reminder of all our adventures. I love the idea of having a keepsake from each summer, so we wanted to do another bucket list this year but in a different way. And with charm bracelets and necklaces making a comeback (have you seen the 80’s ones at Michael’s? Total blast from the past!) and such a huge variety of charms available, they make a great way to track summer adventures.

Eat breakfast in a fort on a rainy morning: toaster charm
Have a backyard dance party: record player charm
Catch a fish: goldfish in a bowl charm

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We wanted to customize ours a little more specifically though, so we used one of our favorite craft items to design our own charms: Shrinky Dinks!

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Your kids can draw and make their own charms or they can turn in their bucket list, and you can make charms for them.

We used this Shrinky Dink paper, drew our pictures with colored pencils, punched a hole in them and then baked them for just a couple of minutes before they shrunk, thickened and hardened into perfect little charms. We added jump rings and lobster claw clasps (from any craft store), and I found cute very inexpensive silver charm necklaces and bracelets at Michael’s.

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We’re still adding to our list and creating charms, but with a little jump start, we’ll have them ready for summer.

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I love the idea of having something we can all share and remember memories together–the summer of ’16 necklaces.

These aren’t just for kids either. Make one with your best friend. Or your mama.

And if you want to skip the whole make-it-yourself thing, Michael’s also has a huge collection of nicer charms.

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Happy list making.


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  1. This is such a neat idea! My boys are really into keychains right now so I think we’ll go that route – thanks for the great idea…shrinky dinks…genius!

  2. Ok, you are WAY more creative & crafty than I could ever even hope to be (I’m an accountant for crying out loud, what do you want from me???), but I just had to comment on how much I LOVE this idea! If I had seen it when my daughter was younger, I might have even attempted it (ok, I totally would have bought the charms… I’m not worthy!). :) Just the coolest idea tho!

  3. I LOVE this idea!! Might need to try it this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. How cute!

  6. Gah, these look so satisfying! If you don’t mind I’d like to brainstorm a few of my own here. And I’ve ALWAYS loved shrinkie-dinks.

    Survive 19 hour drive to Vermont (little bottle of Tramadol? Tiny Big-Gulp Sized cup of coffee? Music note because Dave and I do not share music taste but here’s hoping?)
    Swimming in the Vermont quarries (rock? tiny pool?)
    Taking some VT family photo shoots of friends (camera)
    Making fried green tomatoes (obvious)
    Watching Fried Green Tomatoes (see above)
    Rope Swing into the River
    Magnetic Therapy in Vermont (tiny Lime?)
    Morning coffee while writing thank you letters (tiny envelope?)

    …and many mooooore…

  7. i shared this idea with my kiddo, and as he is currently reading percy jackson and the olympians, in which the kids at camp half blood wear a bead on a necklace for each summer they come to camp, he loves the idea of making charms for summer events. i already have shrinky-dink paper, because, well, i grew up in the 80s and i’m just relieved it’s still available. thanks for the super fun idea!

  8. I want to come live with you! You do such fun stuff

  9. I love Shrinky Dinks! What a great idea!

  10. I love this! We have feverishly been gathering all the needed materials. And finally began making the charms-with the recommended shrinky dink paper-and they keep curling up in the oven! Maddness! What is your secret-or rather, what technique are you following? The included directions are clearly not working for us…

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