Friday, December 20, 2013

Shrinky Dink Photo Ornament heard that right.
Shrinky Dink and photo in the same sentence.
And if you are is NOT inkjet printable Shrink Film.
Yeah, because I am a rebel like that.

So here is how this all started.
I agreed to help make some Shrink Film ornaments for bunch of kids from the church, about 65. Well I started by tracing the design onto the Shrink Film with Sharpie, but realized it was going to take forever and a day. The package of Shrink Film says that you can use rubber stamps. It also says that it is NOT inkjet printable. But whatev.
So I decided to test it out, and guess what?
It worked!

So this is what you do:
Start by finding an image that you want to use. I used a photo of my new baby niece, Brooklyn.
I changed it to black and white using Picmonkey, and then did a little more editing. I added a banner and some text, and then cropped it down to a square.

Next, use your 300-400 grit sandpaper to sand one side of your Shrink Film.

Wipe all the dust off of the film and then print your image onto it.
*Also, use the fast/economical setting on your printer. The lowest quality your printer has. You want the least amount of ink possible, so it doesn't smear.

Set your  printed Shrink Film aside to dry for a few minutes while your oven preheats. You want it to be between 300 and 350 degrees. I used 350.

When your oven is preheated, cut out your image and punch a hole or two for the ribbon.

Place your Shrink Film onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment, and then cover the Shrink Film with parchment.

Bake for 2-3 minutes, until the Shrink Film has shrunk down to about 1/3 to 1/5 of the original size. Remove from oven and let cool.
*If the Shrink Film is curled or anything when it comes out, just flatten it with a spatula and put it back into the oven for another minute. It is very forgiving.

Once cooled, string with your favorite ribbon or baker's twine. Beautiful.

Isn't this baby GORGEOUS! If you could see her steely blue eyes you'd die!

Oh, and P.S.
I bought my Shrink Film at Joann's. $6 for 6 sheets. I used 1/2 sheet for this ornament. Not a bad deal.
You can also buy it in bulk from Amazon.


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