DIY Thumbprint Necklace

Christmas is right around the corner so I wanted to share a one of a kind gift you can make: A Thumbprint necklace. I made one with my daughter a few weeks ago and it was a fun project to  do together. Even better, I now have a way to preserve her fingerprint and wear it whenever I want. Below is a video tutorial; I go through all the steps to make one at home. Now, on to the supplies & instructions…


Supplies Needed:

  • Bakeable Clay (I used silver)-You can find at  craft store for less than $3
  • Wax Paper
  • Pen (to make hole, roll clay)
  • Jump Ring
  • Circular Template-Use anything circular, you don’t have to buy it
  • Necklace
  • Pliers


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  • Break off a piece of the clay
  • Place piece of wax paper on the top and bottom of the ball of clay
  • Roll out to make flat. Make sure you don’t roll too thin
  • Punch out a pendant design using template
  • Make a hole at the top of the pendant for the jump ring
  • Press child’s thumbprint into the clay, using a bit of pressure to make sure you get the imprint
  • Put in oven & bake. The brand I used suggested baking for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch. (Check the directions on the packaging of the clay you get, different brands may differ)
  • Take out of oven & give plenty of time to cool
  • *Optional-I didn’t mention this in the video, but I sprayed mine with clear enamel to help preserve it & give it some shine
  • Put jump ring through the hole & close
  • Then just string your necklace through it

Here are a few modifications if you don’t have all the materials I listed:

  • If you don’t have jump rings, just make the hole large enough so that you can run some ribbon, leather cording etc through it. 
  • While I found bakeable clay to be the easiest (it was already the color I wanted & I didn’t have to make any dough) I have seen these made out of salt dough. If you choose to make one out of salt dough but want it to look more like a silver/gold pendant, then you can spray with some metallic spray paint. To further preserve & give a shine, spray on some clear enamel.
  • Don’t have a template? I just used a circle punch I happened to have at home, but you can use anything circular….just use your imagination.

Pretty cool right? Get ready to look like an all-star this holiday for making one of these :)




Linked On:

MakingTheWorldCuterTheBetterMom, TodaysCreativeBlog,NotJustAHousewife, ChefInTraining, KatheWithAnE



12 Comments on DIY Thumbprint Necklace

  1. Paula Parrish
    May 6, 2013 at 7:54 am (5 years ago)

    I am sure that the little ones would love this project. Great Idea! ;o)

  2. Jennifer
    May 6, 2013 at 8:58 am (5 years ago)

    This is really a cute idea!! I love it. Thanks for stopping by with the Moms Monday Mingle!

    • Momasaurus
      May 6, 2013 at 10:35 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Sam, glad you like it. I’m now following you, looking forward to future posts :) ERin

  3. krystie
    May 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Great idea!

  4. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
    May 7, 2013 at 9:32 am (5 years ago)

    What a cute idea! Love your Blog!

  5. Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds
    May 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm (5 years ago)

    What an awesome project! Thanks for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME! Sharing on FB in a little bit. xoxo

  6. Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds
    May 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Featuring your project tomorrow at ITS PARTY TIME, thank you so much for linking up. xoxo

  7. Jennifer Juniper
    May 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I need to rewind to when my boys had tiny little fingers and make this project!

  8. Mrs.AOK
    October 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

    This is perfect!! I have to do this– these would make perfect holiday or mother’s day gifts! Thanks for sharing via Mommy Monday Blog Hop! I will be pinning this to our board.

  9. whatsupfagans
    October 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Awesome! I’ve been seen these necklaces all over the place and on giveaways! Good to know how to DIY and save some $$!

  10. Shelly-Minettesmaze
    May 5, 2014 at 11:27 am (4 years ago)

    Awesome idea!! I’m pinning this to our DIY Sunday Showcase Talent board! Thanks for sharing with us!!!