$5 and BELOW – Charm Bracelet Collection #1

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Last week i asked for comments and ideas for printable downloads and so many of you came through big time! One reader named Felicia suggested shrink film charms to make a child’s charm bracelet. It was such a great idea, i actually couldn’t wait to get started with my first color-able collection! i’m thinking i’ll create 6 collections in all and post them sporadically over the next few months. That way, you can add to your bracelet little by little.

You can buy inkjet shrink film in 8×10 sheets in tons of places online and then just print the graphic directly onto it. Here is the official Shrinky Dink® brand’s version.

Or, if you prefer, you can just buy standard 8×10 blank sheets (not inkjet compatible) and use a lightbox to trace the charm designs onto the translucent film. i’ve had some types that are more translucent than others, and you may not even need a lightbox : )

i’ve designed these for use as bracelet charms to collect, swap and share. The 3.5″ starting size of each graphic will shrink down to about 1/3 its size creating a 1″ charm. A  1/4″ hole punch (used BEFORE baking) will shrink down to the perfect size to thread a jump ring, ribbon or cord through. The possibilities are endless!!

So have fun creating lots of Shrinky Love and please post photos of your creations on my Facebook page.

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- if you purchase the shrink film, directions will be included. Directions are also readily available online and as a downloadable PDF here. : )

Shrinky Love for Valentine’s Day – a downloadable project

Hi gang!!

i am all about the love….and i like to watch it curl up and shrink inside my oven!

Here is a fun project that will allow your kids to make some Valentine’s Day trinkets with just a little help from a grown-up and a free download from yours truly!

valentine's day shrink projectDid you know you can buy Shrink film for your inkjet printer? It is seriously so much fun. i have a 100 pak in one of my office drawers and whenever Cooper is particularly bored, all i have to do is hand him a sheet to perk him up! Sometimes we go freeform and i merely draw a nice large “boundary” shape for him so he can fill it with color and doodles. The images will shrink to about 1/3 of their size and 9x the thickness when done, so working on a larger scale is necessary…and perfect for even little hands!

You can buy inkjet shrink film in tons of places online. Here is the official Shrinky Dink® brand’s version. Or, if you prefer, you can just buy standard blank sheets and use a lightbox to trace your preferred design onto the translucent film. i’ve had some types that are more translucent than others, and you may not even need a lightbox : )

Anyway, if you’d like to download a nice quality version of my freebie design above for your kids to color, cut and shrink!, just click the image. i’ve designed these with pendants or small keychains in mind and the 1/4″ hole punch will work to thread a jump keyring or ribbon or cord through. These could also be used as bookmarks by threading several strands of yarn through the hole to form a “tassle” just the right length to sit in the spine of a book. The possibilities are endless!!

Have fun creating lots of Shrinky Love!

- if you purchase the shrink film, direction will be included. They are also available online and as a downloadable PDF here. : )