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So I pulled out my shrink plastic to make some jewelry pieces.
Here’s some tips, how tos, and things I noticed during my experiments.

Shrink Plastics Used:
White= Aleen’e Shrink-It opaque  {old supplies given to me}
Clear= PolyShrink artist’s grade shrink plastic {bought lucky squirrel/amazon}

Permanent Marker {Sharpie} on Shrink Plastic:
colors easily.
I allowed them to air dry to avoid smearing while coloring the other side {those that i used colored pencil with}.
Don’t have to sand the plastic to use permanent markers.
the colors intensify in a strong way, nonpastel markers get very dark.
   {I don’t have any pastel or mettalic markers yet, will update if/when I test those}.

Colored Pencil on Shrink Plastic:
Have to sand the plastic in a crosshatch pattern before using colored pencils.
Colors easily.
the colors intensify in a nice way, you can achieve pastel {ie. lighter colors}.
colored pencils and permanent marker {especially black} look well together.

Acrylic Paint on Shrink Plastic:
Using straight acrylic paint {I painted on about 2 coats} on shrink plastic produces powdered paint {it cracks and peel} and leaves a light ‘colored pencil-like’ effect.
I was able to salvage some of these pieces by dusting away the excess paint, with a paper towel lightly.
It can scratch off, so it needs to be sealed.

*I read that watered down acrylic paint is usable on shrink plastic.
I can agree to this- the metalic silver paint I used {scalloped oblonged circle} was very watery in the bottle; I used 2 light coats because i wanted a lighter color.
This piece turned out well.

Shrink Plastic:
All my circles I’ve done have become oblong- if you have any ideas please share in the comments.
Perfect for creating unique pieces of miniture artwork.
I enjoy this media and will continue with it.

When you sand one side of the clear shrink plastic {to use colored pencils} the scratches create a ‘fog’ effect after shrinking.
So if you want a crystal clear look- don’t sand >which means don’t use the colored pencils for that piece.

When cutting with the cuticle nail scissors beware to not to close them fully because the plastic will crack- which makes a sharp area once shrunk.


How to for Shrink Plastic

1. gather supplies:
shrink plastic, sandpaper, colored pencils, acrylic paints, water, permanent markers {most alcohol based markers should work- packaging should list some to use}
scissors {cuticle nail scissors work best}
your designs to trace, or else free hand it

2. If you’re going to use colored pencils or paint, you need to sand one side of the plastic in a cross hatch {left to right, then up to down} pattern with about a 400 grit sandpaper.

3. trace, draw, color

4. cut out your designs. punch holes where needed {for jewelry a single-hole punch works fine for jumprings}.
 If you need a bigger hole I’d work it into the design, draw it, and cut it.

My Shrinks for April 2014 before/in progressImage


My shrinks after shrinking in the oven



What have you done with shrink plastic {aka Shrinky Dinks}?
Share your adventures with this medium in the comments!

I had decided on a specific color scheme for my holiday decor.
So I went searching through my stuff for decor i could use.
I found this snowflake garland that just seemed too bland, the color didn’t appeal to me. So I decided to paint the garland so it would work with my color scheme.

Options for upcycling Christmas decor:

1. spray paint then coat with spray polyurethane
(I didn’t have any suitable spray paint colors on hand, and wanted to keep my costs low so I went with option 2.)

2. paint with acrylic paint and coat with modpodge

I looked through my acrylic paints and chose these.

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Step one- paint each snow flake on one side, and wait for them all to dry. Depending on how thick your paint coat is this could take a few hours.

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Step two- coat the same side with mod podge, and wait for that to dry.

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Step three- turn it over and paint the other side, wait for it to dry.

Step four- coat the same side with mod podge, and wait for that to dry.

Now your done!

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This is a perfect project to do if you can’t find decor in the perfect color that you want.
There is a wider range of acrylic paints than spray paints, but spray painting would have been quicker.

A cool pin that would be helpful if you’re spray painting the ornaments

Here’s a tutorial for cute heart shaped crayon valentines.
These make perfect handmade valentines for the kiddos to pass out at school- no sugar, bright colors, and fun!

First to make the heart shaped crayons:
You will need to gather all the old crayons in the house… if your house is anything like mine, that won’t be a problem. You can also purchase new crayons as well. I will have to admit, the new crayons were easier to remove the labels from. I used an X-ACTO knife to make a slit down the length of the crayon to easily remove the labels. The older crayons took a little more coaxing.

Once you’ve removed all of the labels, break the crayons into small pieces. The smaller the better…

I also found that separating them into color families made for the best looking crayons, but that is completely up to you!

You will need to use a heart shaped silicon baking mold to melt your crayons in. I found mine at Michaels in the baking section and it worked like a dream. I decided that we wanted our crayons to be a little glittery so we added about 1/2 a teaspoon of silver glitter to the bottom of the baking mold. Then we filled the baking mold with the crayons about 1/3 full. The mold I used was pretty deep so depending on what you use you will have to play around with this.

Place in your oven that has been pre-heated to 300 degrees and baked for 15 minutes. The crayons will become completely liquefied so be careful when you pull them out of the oven. Carefully place them on the counter to cool. You want to make sure that you don’t move them around too much and mix the colors more than you want. Wait for about 20 minutes or until the crayon is solid again and then gently remove it from the mold and let cool completely.

I made 57 hearts with the Wilton Mini Heart Mold using approximately 200 crayons.

Original Post shows how to make the cards as well:

I bought this laminator:

Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901) had a one-day sale for $16.99 + free shipping.

It comes with 2 pouches- which means two tries.
The pouches are like 2 pieces of paper attached at one end. You place you item between the layers, making sure you have a 1/8″ edge all the way around. Be careful of dust and hair that can get caught in between as well. It won’t damage anything but it’ll always be there.

1. You plug in the machine. Let it heat up about 5 minutes or so. You’ll know it’s ready when the ready light comes on. The first time I used mine there was a smell form the heating element- not horrible but you could smell it heating up.

2. Once ready begin feeding your pouch closed end first! Don’t force it in the machine will start moving the pouch through.
If it gets jammed or it’s crooked – use the release lever and pull through. I have not had this happen yet.

3. The pouch will come out all sealed and pretty.

4. If you did multiple items in your pouch like I did- you can cut them out individually. BE SURE TO LEAVE AN EDGE AROUND THE ITEMS! If you cut directly next to you item then the laminating will peel off.

Overall this is a great addition to any craftroom and I’m sure I will come up with plenty of ideas for using it!

Here’s a link to the Scotch brand laminating pouches

Scotch(TM) Thermal Laminating Pouches, 9 Inches x 11.4 Inches, 20 Pouches (TP3854-20)

Here’s a link to a cheaper brand that a commenter said worked just as well- I have yet to try them.

Universal® Clear Laminating Pouches, 3mm, 9 x 11-1/2, 100/box


Here’s a great way to update that old beanie hat this winter!
Its a simple tutorial on adding a faux fur pom pom I found on Honestly WTF blog.

A finished example

Gather Supplies:
a beanie
a faux fur or handmade yarn pom pom
embroidery thread
embroidery needle

Step 1: Thread the needle with about 25 inches of embroidery thread. Double knot the end of the thread.

Step 2: Find the center of the pom pom and pierce the needle through it. Push the needle through the top of the beanie and pull the thread tight.

Step 3: Pull the needle back through the top of the beanie and thread the needle through the pom pom in the same spot.

Step 4: Push the needle back through the beanie. Stitch through the beanie in the inside, going back and forth a few times.

Step 5: Tie a double or triple knot to secure the thread.

All done!!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

Been wanting to get in the holiday spirit so I thought this tutorial I found would jolly up the blog 🙂

Cinnamon Star Ornaments by cranberrry2001 on

Makes 12 to 15 ornaments.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours or 1 to 2 days drying time

3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cinnamon

LinkSupplies needed:
Cookie cutters
Drinking straw
Colorful ribbon

1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)

3. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.

Here’s the original link to the tutorial.

Today’s tutorial of interest comes from
I’ve come across a few different versions of these baby blocks.
Although I adore wooden baby blocks for the nostalgia and look.
I think fabric baby blocks are a great idea as well!

You can use any fabric that coordinates with your baby’s nursery!