Friday, January 31, 2014

Loom Band Bracelets w/ Shrinky Dink Charms- Seahawks Edition

I live in Idaho.
Right across the river from Washington.
Due to geography, and the lack of cool stuff in Idaho....
we cheer for Seattle sports teams.
So...we are more than proud of the Seahawks.

Today I am going to mix my Seahawks pride, the loom band trend, and my love for Shrinky Dinks.

Seahawks Bracelets with Shrinky Dink Charms


Fun, quick, and easy.

Let's gather what we need to make the charms-
matte Shrink Film (does NOT have to be inkjet printable)
fine grit sand paper- 300 or so
scissors, hole punch
inkjet printer
image to print (Seahawks logos, etc.)

So to start with, you will need some images to print. I think for bracelet charms, anywhere from 2 to 3 inches is a good size. I just found the Seahawks logo online and spruced it up a bit using PicMonkey. You could also just copy and paste some images into Word. Anything you like will work. (And if you don't want to rebel against the rules of Shrink Film, you can even use Sharpies and trace the image.)

Here are the images I used.


Once your images are ready, you will want to prep your Shrink Film.
Sand the entire surface of one side of your Shrink Film. Using a paper towel, wipe off all the dust.
Next, you will print you images onto the sanded side of the Shrink Film.
*Make sure to do a test run on paper.
*Make sure to use your printers lowest setting, like fast and economical. You want the least amount of ink you can get. 


Once printed, let the ink dry for about 5 minutes or so. This stuff is not meant to be printed on, so this step is important to prevent smearing.
Next, trim around the images, making sure to leave room for the holes to be punched.
Punch your holes.

Now, you will bake. 
Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, and you will sandwich your Shrink Film in between the two layers of parchment on top of a cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350, for 2-3 minutes. The parchment should help the film to stay flat while baking. 
Remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes. 
The charms should be thick and hard.


Now, lets move onto the Loom Band Bracelets. 
I used a tutorial from Kimbo at A Girl and A Glue Gun. (BTW, one of the most hilarious bloggers around)
I basically did the fishtail one....but rather than using fingers like she did I used 2 pencils. 
She has a great step-by-step photo tutorial that you can follow. 
The only difference is the way you will start and finish, so I took a few pictures to help.

I gathered my Seahawks colored loom bands, 2 pencils, my charms, and some plastic hooks for the end.
To start, take one band and put it through the hole in the charm. 
Now, with the charm in the middle, put the other ends onto the pencils.
Now, put two more  bands, and start the follow the steps, like shown at the link above. 
Keep in mind, this will be half of the bracelet, so no need to make it too long. 


Once you finish this half, just leave it on the pencils, and slide the whole thing towards the other ends of the pencils.
Put a band through the other hole on the charm, wrap ends around pencils, and repeat the steps you did on the other side.

Once you have an even amount on both sides, you will pull the 2nd to the last band on each end over, leaving just one band on each end.
Starting with one side, put a plastic hook (closure) through the loops. 
Repeat with the other end.
Hook the two closures together and you are DONE!



Wow, what a wordy tutorial for such an easy process.

You can also just punch one hole (like I did with the heart one) and start it the same way. Rather than doing 2 sides, just do your whole bracelet on one side and then instead of using the plastic closure you can just loop the last band around the heart. Kinda like a button closure.


These are a cheap, fun and easy project that anyone can make. 
Even procrastinators like me, who are doing this 2 days before the big game.

Also, consider using different images and make any kind of charm you like. It would be a great kid craft, or even party favor.

I would like to thank Kim at A Girl and A Glue Gun for giving me permission to link back to her tutorial.
Now my post is only 5 miles long instead of 10.

8 comments:

  1. adore! i linked it up on my facebook...going live sat at 2!!! such a cute idea! love shrinky dinks!

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    1. Thanks! And I really do think you are hilarious. I remember a post you did about wierd MLS listings...I was dying. I'm not quite sure why it hit me the way it did but I got a really good laugh out of it.

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  2. Such a fun idea! My girls love shrinky dinks and the are way into the rubber band bracelets. Although we were rooting for the Broncos - this is so cute!

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    1. Wellllll...I don't endorse making Shrinky Dinks for the Broncos....JUST KIDDING. You could make these for ANYTHING. The Broncos, your highschool team, birthday parties....whatever! That is what is great about them...the possibilities are literally limitless! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  3. I was so impressed with these bracelet the first time I saw them. They are much cooler than the plain rubberband bracelets!

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  4. Wow!! This loom band bracelets looks really awesome and very attractive. Actually I like loom bands and their bracelet too. I prefer to wear in such bracelet for any tradition. Thanks :)

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  5. Great post--and this is coming from a Vikings fan! Any recommendations on shrink wrap purchasing? I got mine from this local shrink wrap supplier, open to suggestions though.

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