DIY Shrinky Dink Buttons
Hi everyone, it’s Andrea from The Cottage Market. Hope everyone is doing wonderfully! Today I have a Super EASY and Super QUICK DIY Shrinky Dink Project for you. You are going to feel like you are 7 years old kid again…really! Today we are playing with Printable Shrinky Dink Film and we are making Shrinky Dink buttons!
By the way…just think of the possibilities for your Shrinky Dink Designs …you could make buttons for anything in any style, and any color, with the endless amount of images that await you here at The Graphics Fairy. I chose a very classic scroll image from HERE …for our sample today but you can go wild and I have a feeling you will! Now it is time for you to see how EASY this DIY crafts idea is!
Did you use this stuff when you were a kid? Remember how much fun it was? I remember feeling like it was a magic substance. Haha! It’s even better now that we all have printers at home and can print our own designs on it. It really takes it to a whole new level.
- Hole Punch
- Inkjet Printable Shrinky Dinks Film (I used white and frosted) (Michaels carries it too usually)
- Inkjet printer
- Toaster oven
Instructions for DIY Shrinky Dink Buttons:
When you print these on the Shrinky Dink Film you will have to make them the size stated on the Shrinky Dink Instructions …your original image has to be almost 2 1/2 times the size of your final product…hence…”shrinky”! Once you size your items and print them…of course it is time to cut them! (heads up…let them DRY!)
Now all you have to do is punch the holes with the hole puncher, where you want them on your button! I did a two hole buttons…you can do 4 if you like. Remember, the size of the punch is fine…it will SHRINK to the right size!
Now it is time to move your pieces over to the Toaster Oven where you will follow the manufacturers directions. I have a few things to tell you though…it takes much less time to bake than they say. Mine shrank and flipped in about 60 seconds. I did mine individually so I could take it out immediately and make sure it was flat…it is worth doing that so you have a quality product in the end. Just keep repeating until you have the amount you would like! Oh yes and make sure that toaster oven baking tray is clean and that you have good ventilation!
It is really that easy my friends! You can use this premise to make jewelry, and other plastic pieces, in all different shapes and sizes…there are so many possibilities and so many images to work with! But if you need original and unique buttons…this is surely a great way of making them!
Notice the difference in the photo above, between the two kinds of plastic. You can see the white Opaque style on the left and the clear ones on the right. Keep that in mind when you are buying this product, if you have a personal preference.
If you’re interested in learning how to make Shrinky Dink Jewelry, you might also like a beautiful Shrinky Dink Paris Charm Bracelet Project HERE. This is a more complex project that will really show you how much you can do with this product!
Sure hope you enjoy this little DIY and that you make Shrinky Dink Buttons at your house! I think these would make such a cute handmade gift. See you again soon and in case you would like to visit me…
I hang out at The Cottage Market…would love to see you there!