Thursday, December 13, 2012

kid's shrinky dink ornaments

Some of our all-time favorite projects are ones we have made with our kids and this one was no exception…
(and if you’ve never played with shrink film – this is a must!!)

• plain paper
• Shrink film (found at Jo-Ann’s)
• very fine sand paper
• markers or colored pencils
• fine tip sharpie
• hole punch
• twine, string or ribbon 

• cut your paper and shrink film in half, so they are 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
• lightly sand the shrink film in diagonal strokes.
• have the kiddos sketch their pictures on to the plain paper.
• when they’re happy with their drawing, place the sanded shrink film on top and trace or color the picture on to there. and then go over the lines with the sharpie.
• if you want to trace a picture (from your favorite book or movie case) you can just place the shrink film over it and trace away.

• have the kids write their name and the year on their artwork. (you’ll be glad you did)
• punch a hole at the top of the film.
• now comes the cool part… bake the shrink film. you can follow the directions on the package. we found that baking at 320 degrees worked best.
• cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the shrink film on top.
• keep an eye on the sheets. they’ll curl up and then slowly flatten back out. as soon as they flatten back out, remove them from the oven and, if needed, flatten some more with a spatula.
• once they have cooled, string your twine through the hole and they’re ready to hang.

these just make me smile!!

(this post was recently shared on design dazzle)


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  1. I love this idea! I want to try it with my grandkids. Thank you!

  2. oh cool idea. I think I still have shrinky stuff left.

  3. Love shrink film, and this idea is cool. My son (5) colored key rings for many family members this year and when I pulled them out of the oven he said "Mommy, why didn't I just color them after you shrink them? It would be quicker."

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  5. Great idea! I'm going to try it this weekend!

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  7. hmmm... why the paper? Cant you just draw directly on the shirnk wrap the first time?

  8. I'm wondering the same thing, Gina. I remember doing Shrinky Dinks as a kid...I thought maybe I had forgotton something! I love this idea. I'd love to do this with my boys.

  9. Love the drawings! I love kids art and this is a great idea for ornaments