Monday, February 17, 2014

How to Make Your Little Ones Artwork into a Keepsake

I actually stumbled upon this craft on accident, and I am so thrilled that I did, so I HAD to share it with you all! I think it would make the perfect gift.

PJ and I were working on some Mother's/Father's Day gifts when he decided that he wanted to do it himself. So I asked him if he just wanted to draw instead. While I was finishing up the project we started, he tried to get my attention. Cue the "mommy, mommy, mom, mom, mom." I looked over at him and he exclaimed: "I drew a smiley!". I had never seen him actually draw a smiley face before, so I knew I had to capture it!
We were working with shrink plastic/film so I knew exactly what I could do!

All you need is your little ones artwork
A sharpie
Shrink film (I found mine on amazon)
I placed a sheet of shrink film over PJ's artwork and just traced over it, trying to copy the exact lines he made and the ways his hands moved.

I then cut out around the design. I knew I wanted it to be a keychain so I hole punched the design BEFORE I baked it. I lined my cookie sheet with parchment paper so that my shapes wouldn't stick and I also put parchment paper over them so they wouldn't stick together while they were shrinking.

I baked my shapes according to the directions and this is how they turned out! I think it is so stinking cute! I gave this set to my parents and it was an instant treasure! 

Since I ended up with 50 sheets of shrink plastic my mind is already spinning on what I can make! I'm thinking earrings, jewelry, keychains, gift tags, Christmas Ornaments...the sky is the limit!

What would you make if you had over 50 sheets of shrink plastic?


  1. How neat!! I'm pinning this to remember in the future. I have seen sites where you can send off artwork and have it made into something, but I've never seen a DIY version. Those keychains are precious!! :) I would love for you to share this idea (if you'd like) on my blog link party, Sweet Tooth Tuesdays. It's not just for recipes, but also crafts and DIY projects. This is so cool!

  2. I so appreciate the pin! I've seen the sites too but they're always so expensive! I was really excited when I stumbled upon this! I'll definitely be by to link up!

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