How to make shrinky dink charms!!
this is a bit of a long post, so I’m putting it under the cut
first of all, go to your local craft store and buy the shrinky dink refill sheets. you can get clear, opaque, or solid white
they come in packs of 20 sheets for $5-$6
(i’m going to be using the clear)
draw your design on paper (doesn’t have to be lined, but w/e)
this is the design you will be using to create multiple charms so you don’t have to re-draw it differently each time and you get a consistent product!
trace over it with sharpies!
i wouldn’t recommend using oil based paint markers or acrylic paint, as they will come out weird in the oven
get some small-grain sand paper and sand until it looks like this
make sure you sand it really well!!!
go back over it with sharpie
color!! do not use cheap-ass crayola colored pencils. the color won’t lay down correctly. i highly recommend using prismacolor colored pencils
i know that they can get quite expensive, but it’s worth it
also, don’t use crayons
hole punch where you want the hole for the strap to be, and then cut out with some relatively sharp scissors
pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit (or the equivalent in your country i don’t feel like doing math), and bake for exactly three minutes, no more!! it will shrink down and look like the charm on the right when done~
on the side with the drawing, coat with a single thin coat of gloss mod podge and let completely dry!
after the charm is completely dry, put one of these little finding thingies on it
you can find these in the walmart jewelry section at $2 for 250 or something
attach a cellphone strap
you can buy these on etsy in a wide variety of colors for very little money
i highly recommend getting the straps with the lobster clasps for easy attachment!
ta da!! you’ve successfully made shrinky dink charms!
store in a plastic jewelry case, with them arranged so the side with the mod podge isn’t touching the charm next to it’s similar side (i.e front to back)
~congrats u made it through this long-ass tutorial high five~