The Odd Life of Timothy Green Shrink Charms

Print your own set of “charming” leaves and turn them into bracelets, hair pins, or zipper pulls for your friends and family!

Time: 30 minutes

What You’ll Need

  • Printed charms
  • White or clear shrink paper for Inkjet printers
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Jewelry accessories
  • Clear nail polish
  • Cardboard or spatula

How To Make It

  1. Print the charms on shrink paper and cut them out.
  2. To use your charm as a bracelet or necklace pendant, you need to punch the holes in the stems before you bake them.
  3. Follow the baking instructions on the shrink paper package to bake the charms in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Watch the shrink plastic dance and curl! Do not allow children to use the oven.
  4. If the charm is still slightly curled when it is finished baking, use a piece of cardboard or a spatula to flatten it completely.
  5. Apply a couple coats of clear nail polish to seal the ink on the charm and make it water-resistant. Let the nail polish dry.
  6. Add the charms to whatever you’d like! You can use jump rings and jewelry chain to create a charm bracelet or necklace, or attach them to a cell phone charm strap or zipper pulls. You can also glue charms to barrettes and hair pins.
Posted 9 years Ago
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