Over the weekend my daughter and I made a super cute Easter craft: Easter Shrink Film Charms. This project was quick and easy. And it uses one of my new favorite things….Shrink Film!
To get started, you will need a few things:
Shrink Film (I got mine from JoAnn’s), permanent markers, colored pencils, scissors, hole punch, fine grit sandpaper (220 or higher), baking sheet, and parchment paper.
Now that you have your supplies, you can get started.
You will basically just draw your design on the Shrink Film. If you are using permanent marker, you won’t need to prep it at all. But if you plan to use colored pencils, you will have to sand the surface lightly, and wipe away the dust. You can print an image and trace it if you want a more polished look. Or you can totally just free-hand like my daughter did. We did some with only permanent marker, and some outlined in permanent marker but filled in with colored pencil. Those were my favorite…they looked a little like stained glass.
Look at this girl….so cute and crafty.
So when you have your images drawn, you will punch a hole (or two) and cut out. Just decide how you will attach your charms before you punch your holes. I made some with one hole at the top, and others with a hole on either side.
Now you are ready to bake. You will want to sandwich your Shrink Film between two pieces of parchment on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 2-3 minutes. If the charms have warped at all when you take them out of the oven you can just quickly flatten them with a spatula. They should only take about a minute to cool and harden.
Once they’re cooled, you can get creative and add them to a friendship bracelet, loom band bracelet, or necklace.
My daughter and I added our charms to loom band bracelets and friendship bracelets. We also have some extra charms that she wants to add to a necklace.
I LOVE how they turned out… and we probably worked on these for an hour or less, from start to finish.
Who doesn’t love a quick and affordable craft that you can make by yourself or with your kids?
Hope you all get a chance to try these Easter crafts! For more projects using Shrink Film check me out at Haley’s Daily Blog.