This fun craft will have you feeling nostalgic for the 80’s! Learn how to make DIY Sloth Pins using Shrinky Dinks! Includes a free template for the sloth, flowers and leaves along with step by step photos and instructions! A super fun kids crafts that adults will enjoy too! Let’s make flare pins!
Hey friends! Today I’m bringing you a super cute (and easy) craft project that makes me feel all nostalgic for my childhood! I grew up in the 80’s and two things that were super popular when I was a kid were shrinky dinks and flare pins! I remember meticulously coloring in the shrinky dinks from my Rainbow Brite Shrinky Dink kit, laying them on a cookie sheet, having my mom pop them in the oven, and watching them shrink down to tiny brightly colored charms through the window of the oven.
Like many awesome things from the 80’s, shrinky dinks are now back in a big way! I’m currently writing a craft book that will be published in the fall and I have 2 shrinky dink projects in the book. Today I thought I’d put a “slothsome” twist on one of the projects from my book and make some adorable DIY sloth pins that you can recreate at home!
This project is super fun to make. Kids will have a great time tracing and coloring in the sloth and then watching their creation shrink down in the oven.
I created this sloth image that you can use as your template. (This image is for personal use only). I’m providing you with the image mirror imaged since you color what will become the back of your DIY sloth pin.
Free Template for Personal Use Only
Ready to learn how to make DIY Sloth Pins? Read on!
DIY Sloth Pins Made With Shrinky Dinks
-My sloth template (or freehand your own)
-Shrinky Dinks Sheets (I love these Frosted Shrinky Dinks for this project because it helps to camouflage the pin back )
-Scissors (These are my Fiskars sparkle scissors)
-Colored Pencils and/or markers (I love combining both for my pins)
-A black pen
-A cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper
-E6000 glue or other jewelry glue (I love buying these small tubes of E6000. I find that they are easier to work with and don’t dry up on me)
Step 1: Right click my template above and save it to your computer. Print it using your printer.
Step 2: Trace your sloth, flowers and leaves on your shrinky dink sheet and color in. You will want to trace and color on the frosted side of the shrinky dink page. Keep in mind that your colors will darken and intensify when your shrinky dink shrinks!
Step 3: Cut your shapes out of the shrinky dink sheet.
Step 4: Follow the instructions on the shrinky dink packaging for shrinking your design. (If you’re a child make sure you have parent supervision for this part.)
Step 5: Put a small dot of E6000 glue on the round part of each pin back and press firmly onto the back of your shrinky dink designs. Leave to dry overnight.
Pin your DIY Sloth Pins to your favorite shirt or jacket and get ready to rock that slothsome 80’s look!
Tell me… Have you ever crafted using Shrinky Dinks? Do you love sloths as much as I do?
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