After we shared our first shrinky dink project with these adorable DIY animal charms, we knew we had to explore more shrinky dink possibilities! Because you can print them straight from your inkjet printer, they are so easy and convenient to craft. This time, we designed these shrinky dink name tags and fun monster characters that kids can use to decorate their backpacks, school supplies, or other treasures around the house.
For this project, we played around with both clear shrink film and white shrink film and found that white shrink film worked much better with our colors. Download the PDF for the designs below and print them directly onto your shrink film. As you can see, the collection includes a variety of monsters, kitten faces, and name tags.
To customize the name tags, you will need to download the free font Slaberlin. Once you edit your shrinky dink name tags, print them with your desktop printer. We used one of our go-to inkjet Canon printers, the PIXMA MG6820 Wireless Printer. As I mentioned, we used white shrink film. But feel free to play around with white and clear shrink film to see what you prefer!
When the designs are printed, you will notice that the color is very light. This is intentional! We set the color at 50% opacity for this printable because the color tends to become much darker after baking the shrinky dinks.
Cut out the printed designs and use a 1/4-inch hole punch to create a hole at the top of the design. Follow the instructions on your specific shrink film to bake your shrinky dink name tags and illustrations. Generally, you should not place the shrink film directly onto the metal baking sheet. This means that you should also avoid using tin foil. We baked ours on a piece of parchment paper.
After they come out of the oven, you can stick a book over the shrinky dinks while they are cooling so that they will stay flat. To turn the shrinky dink name tags into keychains, we picked up some basic ball chain keychains from our local jewelry store.
We originally envisioned these shrinky dink name tags as the perfect backpack decor for your elementary schooler, but feel free to use these designs in any way that you like. And stay tuned for the beyond adorable DIY monster backpacks that we will be sharing soon!
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PIXMA MG 6820 Printer | White Shrink FilmSave
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I can’t find the link to download for your images to make the name tags
Am I just not seeing it here?
There are 2 buttons at the bottom of the post that say “click, download & print”, just above all the comments 🙂
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I just wanted to weigh in here in case anyone has the same problem that I did. Editing the names was not working for me with safari on my MAC. maybe it’s just me? Any other MAC users here that can confirm this? So I switched browsers to Chrome and it worked perfect. Thank you so much Lia for this. The sweet kitties are so adorable!
Hi Rosemary, I’m so glad you like this project! Our instructions sheet in the PDF suggest downloading the PDF to your computer, vs. editing in a web browser, as it doesn’t always work properly. But I’m glad you were able to edit it in Chrome!
Do you put the strinky dink in a regular oven an what is the temperature and for how long?
We followed the instructions on the film we bought (since brands vary), which was 300-350 degrees for 2-3mins (when the film starts to flatten out again).
Adorable tags! I am having trouble when I edit the names in the file, it prints off alignment. The top 1/4 of the name is cut off. What am I doing wrong?
It sounds like you might not have the correct font downloaded, so the PDF picks a placeholder font that doesn’t quite fit the format. Make sure you have the PDF downloaded to your computer, as well as the font Slaberlin that is linked in the post.
I know I’m not going to like the results if I try to cut these out by hand so I’d like to get my Cricut to do it instead. I can’t seem to figure out how to save the file in order to get it into Design Space. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated . . .
Unfortunately, with how our files are set up you cannot do a print & cut on Cricut. I do recommend cutting them by hand because even if the edges are wonky, by the time it shrinks down it isn’t really noticeable!
Sounds good, I’m about ready to give it a go. One more question . . . my daughter only wants the white kitty with the glasses to attach to her backpack, is there a way for me to isolate that image so I don’t waste my shrink film?
So sorry I don’t have an easy solution how to isolate the image. But maybe you could create all four kitties and your daughter could give them to her friends? 🙂
I ADORE this idea, I can’t believe you can run Shrinky Dink through a printer now! Heavenly! I’ve already made the keychain name tags but I’m having the hardest time finding ballchain keychain pieces to use. I’ve tried the usual places, Ebay, Amazon etc., with no luck. The ones they have all seem too large…Can you recommend a source for them? Also did you use 1.2mm, 1.5mm, or another size ballchain for them? Thank you!
They size we used is just below 2mm, and we got the chain by the yard at a local jewelry store. I would suggest looking at Michael’s or other craft stores that sell jewelry supplies. You can also use just a jumpring connected to a key ring if you can’t find the right size of ballchain.
Though larger than I wanted, I did find ball chain and end pieces at Home Depot in the lamp department. I simply punched the holes larger on the Shrinky dink material for the chain to fit through.
Oh great! I’m glad you found something that would work 🙂
no idea where to get this shrink foil in Germany. I decided to print the motifs onto iron-on-foil (to sew them on felt) alternatively print on 240 weight Card paper.
I wish it was available everywhere– this material is really too cool!
Google helped 🙂 I found a shop
Talk about adorable and quirky cute. Noticed other commenters asked about using Cricut or Silhouette to cut shrink dink film, great idea and question. Will try what you suggested to see how it will work.
Can hardly wait to see what holiday tags will be like. Knowing you and team will be awesome.
Happy week Lia andteam
Aww thank you! We are excited to start on holiday designs 🙂
I love all your ideas.
Thank you! 🙂
What a great idea for an adorable personalized gift. May I ask where you got the cool metallic water bottle? Love the colors and they perfectly complement the Shrinky Dink name tags. I would love to do the exact same thing for their school water bottles. Thank you Lia for this adorable project. Another beautiful design/idea…you hit it out of the park with each posting. Beyond excited to find your blog. Member for life! 🙂
Thank you Loann, that means a lot to me! The water bottles are from Amazon, aren’t they great? Find them here.
Thank you so much Lia! Love that you reply to your readers. xo
You’re welcome! I love reading comments and answering questions– my readers mean a lot to me 🙂
I love your designs. Hanging the tags with the ball chain keeps you from having to write on the object you want to personalize. How fun! I make a lot of these tags but have since bought a Cricut and was wondering if the machine will cut this film? If so, what setting? I always hand cut mine but if the Cricut will cut it…great! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Judy 🙂 We haven’t tested this on the Cricut but imagine it would cut nicely! I would try the Light Cardstock setting at first.
Would love to see some Christmasy wrapping tag designs. Never too late to start preparing!
Agreed! That’s on our list 🙂
Can you cut out the pieces using the Cricut or Silhouette?
We haven’t tested it here yet, but imagine it would cut nicely!
Love this project! Hoping you will do some holiday tags as well!!!
Thank you! It’s on our list 🙂