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Shrinky Dink Enamel Pins

Colorful Design, Quick Crafts

overview

we’re always collecting cute pins for our bags, backpacks and hats, so we decided to try making our own!
the key to this DIY version is a combination of Shrinky-Dink film and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

10 minutes

maker checklist

  • Shrinky Dink film in clear or white
  • pencil, Sharpies, scissors
  • Rustoleum glossy spray (optional)
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • toothpick
  • tie-tacs or pin backs
  • super glue or hot glue gun

instructions

1

create your pin designs! sketch your drawings on a sheet of Shrinky-Dink film. start in pencil; outline with black Sharpie, and fill in with colorful Sharpies. 

tip!

start big! these shrink to 1/3 their original size. and use light, bright colors. they darken significantly when baked because the film shrinks and the color molecules crowd together.

2

cut them out. rough-cut the shape first, then cut closely along the edge.

tip!

turn the film, not the scissors, and go slowly for a clean line.

3

bake them in the oven according to the package directions. place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. watch as they curl, shrink and flatten out right before your very eyes! remove the tray carefully, and let cool.

tip!

if your designs are not perfectly flat when you remove them from the oven, place another sheet of parchment on top and press flat with a spatula while they are still warm. it does the trick!

4

seal with Rustoleum spray, once cool, so the colors don’t run in the next step. make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area!

5

fill with the design with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. apply it slowly to the surface and let it spread into shape.

tip!

tip! pop any air bubbles with a toothpick.

6

dry completely! this may take a day. don’t rush to the final step after you’ve gone to so much work.

7

affix a tie-tack or pin back with hot glue or super glue.