My two youngest kids, Julia and Jackson, are not quite a year apart in age. They both have June birthdays, the 11th and the 22nd. They are actually the same age for 10 days every year! Call me lazy, but they have had a joint birthday party each year. It just makes sense. They are totally best friends, so it's not that hard to find a theme that they can both agree on. Last year it was Star Wars, which was somewhat of a compromise for my daughter. So this year, my son had to make the compromise. What did we choose? LALALOOPSY! Yes, a boy/girl Lalaloopsy party. A little bit of a stretch, but my son loves his sister, and he also loves Lalaloopsy.
Okay, on to the difficult task of making a Lalaloopsy party gender neutral. So naturally, I went to Pinterest. I found some cute ideas....Lalaloopsy Candy Tags and Lalaloopsy Frisbee Favors, both super cute, but I needed more. Even though Lalaloopsy makes boy dolls, most boys would find any doll too girly. And there will be boys like that at the party, starting with my oldest son. If you are not familiar with Lalaloopsy dolls, they all come with a pet, and the pets are not near as girly as the dolls. So I knew I wanted to incorporate the pets.
Now that brings me to.....Lalaloopsy Shrink Film Charms!
So lets start with the images you will need...
For the pets, I knew I’d need something to trace. So I found some coloring pages, that had a Lalaloopsy doll with their pet, I saved the image to my computer. Because I needed just a picture of the pet, I needed to get rid of the doll and make the pet bigger. So I called one of my nearest and dearest friends....PICMONKEY!
I went to Picmonkey and clicked edit photo. I chose a blank 5x7 I have saved to my computer. (Leave me a comment if you need help with this.)
Once I had my blank photo, I needed to resize it so it would be square (step 1). Now that I have a square, I need to add my Lalaloopsy picture that I saved to my computer (step 2 and step 3).
Now I have my picture, and since I only want the pet I need to make the overlay A LOT bigger (step 4).
After you have the picture you want to use for your Shrink Film charm, save to your computer and print. I just opened mine in Windows Live Photo Gallery and printed as a 5x7. That way I was able to get 2 per page. The Shrink film is supposed to shrink to 20% of it's original size, so keep that in mind when choosing your size.
Next, you will need to gather your supplies (step 5), and lay you Shrink Film over your image (step 6).
After you get your image ready, start tracing....and tracing (step 7). Once you have your images traced, punch a hole and cut out the image leaving a 1/4 inch around the edge (step 8).
Now you can line your baking sheet with parchment paper and set your oven according to the instructions on your Shrink Film package. Lay your cut Shrink Film on your parchment and
bake (step 9). Remove from oven and let cool. Now you are ready to make your adorable charms into necklaces, bracelets, keychains, or whatever your heart desires (step 10).
Now you have your DIY Lalaloopsy party favors, that can be loved by boys and girls alike! And you didn't have to spend a fortune- I made 24 charms and spent less than $10.
You could really use this method to make party favors for any theme. Your only limit is your own imagination. It is also a great craft for kids. My 7 year old made himself a keychain with Bowser (from Mario) on it. Hope you try this out for your next kids party! Not only was it easy peasy, but also FUN!