Lauren is one of my go-to girls for anything creative (she worked with me on Sweet Lemon Mag & created those lovely custom watercolors for my blog), so I knew she'd come up with something DIY-worthy for the holidays.
Her inspiration came from Anthropologie's ceramic gift tags, where she got the idea to whip up a batch of her own using a favorite childhood medium, shrink film (remember Shrinky Dinks?). These tags would be so fun to make (hello, blast from the past!) and are completely customizable – the perfect finishing touch for all of your pretty presents. Here's the how-to, with tips from Lauren ...
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Pen or Pencil
- Permanent Markers, Acrylic Paints, or Colored Pencils
- Parchment Paper
- Hole Punch
- Baking Sheet & Oven
ILLUSTRATE your tags on the Shrink Film paper. I recommend starting with pencil, and then filling in with permanent markers, acrylic paints, or colored pencil. Crafty tips: Make it big! Your end result will be 20% of the original size. If you choose to use colored pencil on White shrink paper, you will need to sand the surface first.
CUT OUT your designs carefully. I recommend a small sharp set of scissors for better precision.
BAKE at 325 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Use a non-stick baking sheet and cover the tags with parchment paper. The tags will curl while shrinking. You’ll know they’re done when they’ve flattened out.
FINISH the tags off with a bit of twine or ribbon. If they are still curled over slightly after you remove them from the oven, quickly flatten them out using a spatula.