So I got the idea for this craft because I wanted to figure out how to make a name tag for myself for when I am coordinating weddings. I was looking for different DIY methods and came upon a blast from my past: Shrinky Dinks. I did not know Shrinky Dinks were still a thing, but they are, and they are even more awesome than I remembered! Of course, I have yet to make my name tag for my, you know job, but I did find time to make some fun Disney and Harry Potter pins! These were all super easy to make and they came out so cute!
Here’s what you need to make the pins: Shrinky Dink printable paper, pins and backs, E6000 glue, and nail polish.
First, print off your chosen designs on the Shrinky Dink paper. I did two different versions of pins. Some of the designs are full color, and the Rebel Alliance sign is just the outline. Remember that the designs are going to shrink to about half their size, so you want to print them out to be about twice as big as you want the final product to be.
Cut out the designs as close as possible to the lines. You may need to use an Xacto knife or a small pair of scissors to get in the tight places.
Lay the shapes out on a baking sheet that is covered in wax paper. Cover the shapes with an additional piece of wax paper and then bake in your oven according to the directions on the package.
Once the Shrinky Dinks are done baking and have cooled, use the E6000 glue to attach the pins to the back of the shapes. For the full color pieces, this is the final step.
For the outlined pieces (like the Rebel Alliance symbol), use the nail polish to paint the pieces, Make sure to do thin coats and use a top coat to seal the color when the polish is dry.
There are so many possibilities with these pins! In addition to my adorable Disney food pins, I made some super cute Star Wars themed pins, and made my own Hufflepuff badge.
I can’t to wear all of my new pins out and about and I am excited to come up with more ideas for new designs! What other kinds of pins should I make?
Here are some supplies I used to make this project (affiliate links):