Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments - Day 7: "Vintage" Shrink Plastic Ornaments

Ever since we made this shrink plastic bracelet for Mother's Day, I've been dying to try it out on tree ornaments. 

I knew I wanted Abe to do the decorating, so I cut out some vintage-style glass ornament shapes and let him do the rest.

If you want to use them, you can download my vintage ornament shapes here. Just trace them onto Shrinky Dink film or #6 plastic with a black Sharpie...

...then decorate however you wish with colored pencils or permanent markers. 

Abe was excited to use mommy's "special markers" - this time I made sure to put down some paper so we didn't end up with a permanently decorated table!

Surprisingly he kept most of his coloring inside the lines!

After awhile though, he got tired of decorating ornaments and started drawing "trains and firetrucks" on the paper instead. I sort of wished he would draw them on the plastic, although I'm sure I'll hang onto our paper table cover as it's now a piece of art.

I cut out the ornaments, used a standard hole punch to make a hole at the top of each one, and stuck them in the oven (find the directions here).

A few minutes later I had some super cute, although fairly tiny, ornaments.

See how much they shrunk! If you want larger ornaments, feel free to enlarge the templates. I was limited by the size of the containers I was using, but you might be able to make them a little bigger if you're using real Shrinky Dink film which comes in sheets.

Even though they're smaller than I was hoping for, they make a cute garland and would be adorable on a tiny tree!

Anyone else making Christmas ornaments with their kids? Reusing take out containers to make shrink art? It's just as fun now as it was when I was a kid! Looking for more ornaments you can make with your kids? We have lots more baby-made and baby-safe ornaments right here.


  1. Hi Michelle.
    When I found your blog I searched for you on bloglovin, but couldn't find you here, but thought I could remeber to stop by. But al those things you and Abaham have been doing! So now I have subcribed to the email form. You are so cool. Love your shrink ornaments, I have also been working on shrink plastic, didn't knew you could make with other plastic than shrink sheets! Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day

    1. Thanks! I am listed on Bloglovin if that's easier for you to follow. Try searching under "Rust & Sunshine" or just type in my blog address.