Making Shrink Plastic Gift Embellishments

With Christmas just a few short days away, it’s time to get those gifts wrapped!

This year I really wanted to make it a “handcrafted holidays” as much as possible, so it seemed only fitting that I create my own wrapping paper design and gift embellishments as well. I know that this is a busy time of year for many people, but I wanted to take a few minutes and share a quick post with my lovely followers on how you can create your own pretties to tie onto gifts and platters of baked goodies.

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The other day I shared a holly leaf stamp that I carved, that’s what I’ll be using today. You can use any of your favorite stamps. keep in mind that this doesn’t have to just be for Christmas. You can just as easily create pretty gift embellishments for any occasion using your different stamps.

2014-12-13 08.48.482014-12-20 21.51.14You can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

Using StazOn ink I stamped the holly all over the rough side of the shrink plastic then used some Dina Wakley acrylic in Ruby and an eraser to stamp the berries.

Allow the paint to dry. You may be tempted to speed up the  drying by using your heat tool. I don’t recommend that as you can inadvertently start to shrink your plastic.

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2014-12-20 22.13.53Once the paint is dry, trim around your stamped images with scissors, making sure to leave enough room to punch a hole so you can thread some ribbon through.

Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

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You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

You’ll find that the colors are much more vivid now and that your plastic has thickened considerably. Your embellishments will cool in a few seconds, but as always, be careful when handling hot plastic,

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Thanks for reading & Happy Holidays!

 

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