DIY: Shrink Plastic Pins

So here it is, my first DIY video! I had lots of fun messing around with these little shrink plastic pins so thought I’d do up a quick little tutorial for anyone who’d like to follow along. It’s a fairly cheap and easy craft activity, and is really only limited to your imagination. Let me know what you think and what other videos (DIY or not) you’d like to see from me.

Here are some tips I discovered but didn’t mention in the above video but still may be useful.

  • You can also print directly onto the shrink plastic using an ordinary office printer. Just be sure the ink is fully dry before attempting to cut out the shapes or baking them, as the ink may smudge.  This will also have a more professional look to it, I haven’t attempted it myself yet though I would like to try!
  • Use can use metallic permanent markers as well, just as long as they are permanent
  • If you are using transparent shrink wrap, you will be able to see any glue or backings that you attach to your pin so you can add a thin layer of paint to the backs once the shrink plastic has been baked to prevent this.
  • You can also turn these into pendants, earrings, key chains or anything else your imagination can think up!
  • I found that good quality colouring pencils can work the best, however pencil may not work on some shrink plastics
  • Always read the shrink wrap package and follow the directions. Each shrink plastic is different and bakes at different times, so what worked for me may be different for you.
  • Please do not leave these unattended! Set a timer if you can be forgetful ♡

2 thoughts on “DIY: Shrink Plastic Pins

  • Reply Beatrice September 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I love it! So easy to follow you have inspired me to make some 🙂 Thank you Little Alien :))

    • Reply Shantel September 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed 🙂

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