DIY typography pendants

Calgary-based jewelry designer Lindsay Saunders started Cinder & Sage Designs in 2009. Making jewelry for herself and friends started as a hobby, but soon developed into a successful business. A love of everything old and rustic is evident in her vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry. Her travels in Europe and Southeast Asia have also inspired many of her pieces, including her lockets and Travel Junkie necklace.

Her jewelry has been featured as part of the official gifts at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards, in the fashion capsule accessory bar at the 2012 TIFF, and in numerous magazines, including  LOULOU.

We’re excited to have Lindsay as a guest blogger to share how to make your own typography pendant necklace.

The best part of being a maker is the creative freedom I have every day. It’s so fulfilling to work for myself and take my product line in whatever direction I want it to go.


  • A printout of the word you’d like on your pendant, using Lust Script. Make sure to print it out 250 to 300% larger than the size you’d like the finished pendant to be because they shrink a lot when you bake them.
  • Shrinky Dink plastic sheet. (You can buy a pack of these from most craft stores.)
  • Sharpie marker
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape or masking tape
  • Kraft paper
  • Standard hole punch
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jump rings and chain
  • Lust Script by Neil Summerour 

STEP ONE: Cut a piece of the Shrinky Dink plastic and place it over what you want to trace. Tape it in place so it won’t move around, and trace with a Sharpie. Color in the letters with either your Sharpie, colorful markers, or pencil crayons.

STEP TWO: Using the hole punch, punch holes where you’d like the loops for your chain to go. Cut around the word, leaving a small border. Be sure to go around your hole punches. 

STEP THREE: Place your plastic pieces onto the Kraft paper (fold one corner of the paper to make getting it off the warm baking pan easier). Place into a 325-degree-Fahrenheit preheated oven (or toaster oven) for approximately two minutes. Watch them shrink, curl up, and flatten out again. Once they’ve flattened out, give them another 30 seconds, then remove them from the oven. 

STEP FOUR: If the pendants didn’t flatten out enough in the oven, you can gently press them with a pad of paper or spatula while they’re still warm.


STEP FIVE: Attach your jump rings and chain, and admire your awesome handmade necklace!.

Fairgoods is an online shop that sells type and fun gifts that use that type.


  1. The holla necklace is fantastic! I will be making one for sure!

  2. So cool! I love shrinky dinks, even ones from to-go boxes. I’ll definitely be making some of these up for Christmas gifts!

  3. So cute and pretty! Love your typography too 🙂

  4. Do you know what brand of shrinky dink you used? I like that it’s white. The only ones I have found by me are clear. Thanks! 🙂

  5. @Ingrid, the brand is "The brand is "Shrinky Dinks" and the inkjet sheets are white.

    Would love to see how yours turn out!

  6. Cool thank you 🙂


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