Guest Post: Shrinky Dink Keychain

I am thrilled to have Aly from Artisan des Arts return as a guest blogger this week! If you missed her previous post, you can find it here

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: photo of yourself, shrinky dink paper, thin black sharpie, colored sharpies

DIY Shrinky DInk Keychain | The Crafted Life

Instructions:

1. Take a photo of yourself or your keychain subject, as if you are hanging on. Try to stand on your tip toes, so that it appears as if you are dangling.

 2. Print your photo out, and place it under a sheet of Shrinky Dink paper. Carefully trace your photo, focusing only on key details (since it will be shrinking so much, too many details will look muddy.)

3. Flip your Shrinky Dink paper over, and color in your drawing using colored Sharpies. It’s important that you turn it over, because if you color on the same side you traced the outline on, the colored Sharpie will go over top of the black lines, and they will disappear. This also keeps everything much cleaner when coloring in the facial details.

4. Cut out your Shrinky Dink, as close as you can without cutting your black lines. Leave a large clear space around the hand, big enough to punch a hole into.

5. Punch a hole near the hand.

6. Bake according to Shrinky Dink packaging, usually 2-3 minutes at 325 degrees. Make sure to flatten your Shrinky Dink out as soon as you remove it from the oven, so it doesn’t curl up.

7. Attach a key ring to it and give it to someone you love! 

More from Aly-

Over at my blog, I post tons of art projects, as well as DIY’s. My husband and I are currently renovating our kitchen by ourselves, making as much as we can by hand and buying cheap anything else that we may need. We recently DIYed our butcher block countertops from scratch, using old office doors that we purchased for $60.

xo, aly

Heart Garland

Time: 45 minutes, including dry time
Materials: watercolor paper, heart punchfood coloringtwinetape

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

1. Brush water onto your watercolor paper, the more the better. Then, before the water dries, add your food color drops. A few drops go a long way.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

2. Let dry.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

3. Once dry, use the heart punch to make your cutouts.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

4. Measure the amount of twine you’ll need so your garland will be centered.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

5. Tape your hearts to your twine.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life
6. Hang up and enjoy!

See how I did it on Vine:

Tea Bags

Time: 1.5 hours for 15 bags
Materials: Loose leaf tea, coffee filters, sewing machine, paper/scissors

DIY Tea Bags | The Crafted Life

DIY Tea Bags | The Crafted Life
1. Cut two identical rectangles from the coffee filters.

DIY Tea Bags | The Crafted Life
2. Stitch three sides then fill the bag with tea (1 tsp should be enough— make sure your tea has space to expand)

DIY Tea Bags | The Crafted Life
3. Sew the final side, fold string/yarn in and staple.

DIY Tea Bags | The Crafted Life

*project inspired by A Beautiful Mess