Who remembers doing shrinky dinks when you were young? I know I do! They are such a fun and easy craft, and baking them almost feels like magic when you are kid. Well, we have been revisiting the magic of shrinky dinks in the studio, and today we are sharing these printable characters that you can use to make shrink film charms. Use these as a fun activity to do with your kids while they are out of school, or pass them on to your babysitter to keep your kids occupied while you are at work!
Our shrink film charms include four animal characters: a bunny, monkey, bear, and tiger. There are also different designs for each of these characters. To make shrink film charms, you will first need to buy shrink film. Find the link for the exact shrink film that we used in the Shop this Project section! Load this paper into your inkjet printer and print the PDF directly onto the shrink film. Next, color in the designs as you like. You can use any coloring utensil for this, but we specifically used Copic markers. In our first batch of shrink film charms, we tried to use really vibrant colors. Mistake!! This made the shrinky dinks way too dark. For our second batch, we used very light pastel colors and they turned out beautifully. Lesson learned! Baking the charms will make the color much darker.
Once you color in your designs, cut them out leaving a small border. In order to turn them into charms, you will also need to punch a hole at the top of each design. Stick a jump ring through this hole to easily attach a keyring or necklace. Because the design shrinks so much (a little over 50%), make sure you use at least a quarter-inch circle punch. When you are ready to pop them in the oven, follow the baking instructions for your specific shrink film. We baked ours for about three minutes and voila! While they are cooling, place a book or weighted object on top of the shrinky dinks to flatten them. Browse some of our other kids crafts for more fun activities, like our stick puppets or our summer coloring book pages. And stay tuned for more shrinky dink templates in the future! Cheers ~ Lia