Mother’s Day is right around the corner and there’s no better way to say “I love you” than to make her a handmade gift – these are the presents moms like to keep forever.

Let’s face it, your mom is your hero so why not honor her by creating a special gift that you know she will look at every single day since it’s right there on her keychain! While you can purchase something at the store or make her delicious desserts, nothing can beat a handmade gift specifically designed and written just for her!

This is the absolute best craft you can make for your mom for Mother’s Day – plus…it is easy and inexpensive and so much fun to make! It’s a great way to send mom a personalized message.

If you’re unsure what to give your mom (or any special person in your life) this year, make her something! This project is a handwritten mini note that she can keep forever – plus…the whole process is easy and low mess!

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Here’s how to make your own shrinky dinks notebook paper keychain for Mother’s Day:

Step 1: Cut your 8.5x 11 Shrink dink plastic paper into quarters (this way you can make 4 keychains)!

shrinky dink key chain DIY mothers day gift

Step 2: Using your ruler, mark 1” from the top of the shrink paper (mark on both sides so that your lines are straight and parallel. for best results make sure you are on a flat, smooth surface) ) and draw a line across using your light blue fine point sharpie. You can also use colored pencils if that is easier.

use permanent markers to draw lines on shrinking plastic sheets

Step 3: Mark off every ½” and draw horizontal lines

use permanent markers to draw lines on DIY shrinky dinks

Step 4: Using a popsicle stick as a measuring tool, mark off a vertical line on the left side using your red sharpie.

use permanent markers to draw lines on the shrinky dinks sheet

Step 5: Write a heartfelt note and draw a picture. You can use Sharpie markers, permanent markers, or colored pencils. Do not use crayons.

use permanent markers to write a message on your DIY shrinky dink key chain mothers day gift

Step 6. Using a hole puncher, punch 3 holes. This is a fun way to make it look like real looseleaf paper.

punch a hole in the shrinky dinks sheet for the key chain ring

Step 7. Place shrinky dinks onto a baking tray or cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Pre-heat your oven (or toaster oven) to 325 degrees and bake for 1-2 minutes. During the shrinking process the shrink paper will curl and warp. Do not worry! This is totally normal! After it curls, the plastic film will eventually flatten.

place shrinky dinks on a baking sheet
watch the shrinking process in the oven
bake your shrinky dink at 325 degrees

Step 8: Add a key ring. You can also make other shrinky dink charms and add them to your key ring. You can have your kids write their names in their own handwriting and attach those as well!

add a key ring to your diy mothers day shrinky dink craft

Step 9: Wrap it up and give it as a gift to mom! She will absolutely love it.

easy mothers day gift idea shrinky dink keychains

Also…it is Mother’s Day for the Grandmothers out there, too!

Grandma’s in particular happen to really love this project (I know this first hand since my kid made one for my mom a few years ago)! Again…make it quick and make it easy and make your mom happy on her special day!

Other Ideas for DIY Shrinky Dinks:

Shrinky Dink Earrings

Shrinky Dink Zipper Pull

Shrinky Dink Jewelry

Want more Mother’s Day crafts? You’ll love these ideas! Want more giftable art projects? Check out my fish-in-a-bag soap DIY tutorial! These make great gifts!