DIY Fingerprint Necklace

Gillian Navarro, Staff Photographer

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re like me, finding gifts for Mom is tough. Luckily, YouTube is a great place to find DIY ideas for any occasion. Moms love anything hand-made and this cute thumbprint necklace makes a perfect gift. For under 20 dollars, you can purchase your supplies to make this unique necklace.


  •      Bakeable Clay (preferably silver)
  •      Wax Paper
  •      Pen (to make a hole and to roll the clay)
  •      Jump Ring (attaches the clay pendant to the necklace)
  •      Circular, or any shape, Template (looks like a mini cookie cutter)
  •      Necklace
  •      Pliers


The first thing you will need to do is preheat your oven to 275 degrees. While waiting for your oven to heat up, tear off a piece of clay and roll it into a ball. Next, place the clay between two pieces of wax paper and roll it out to make it flat. Be careful not to make it too thin. Next, take your template and pop out your clay. Make a hole at the top of your flat clay using your pen for the jump ring. Then place your thumb on the clay and press hard enough to see the print. Be careful not to press it too lightly. Put the clay in the oven and bake. It’s suggested to check the directions on the packaging of the clay for baking directions. After baking, take it out of the oven and let it cool. It’s optional to spray it with clear enamel to help preserve it and give off some shine. Next, put the jump ring through the hole and close it using your pliers. String through the necklace and you’re done! Your unique necklace is now ready to be gifted and worn by mom.


Thanks to Erin Pinkston on YouTube for the wonderful, unique idea, check out her video here: and her website here: