Kids Camp: Keychain Art

School’s out, and the kids are looking for something fun to do. Why not gather up your myStamp BOX stamps and make some fun keychains? Here’s what to do:

1. Die cut a piece of shrink plastic to any shape you like. Just remember to choose a larger shape than your finished project – it is called SHRINK plastic after all!

2. Choose your favorite myStamp BOX stamps and stamp your design using a permanent ink such as StazOn (by Tsukineko, one of our preferred product partners). Be sure to stamp onto the side that is slightly rougher. This project is a great way to help kids learn how to preplan spacing and how to stamp words or names with repeat letters (such as the two t’s in Matthew). Crafting is fun AND educational!

3. Here are my boys with their stamped, die cut shrink plastic pieces.

4. Here comes the fun! Follow the instructions on the package for how to heat and shrink your plastic pieces. I like to use my embossing heat tool and heat-proof craft mat right on my scrap desk to speed things along. The kids started squealing in panic when their precious pieces of art started to curl and twist. After a few seconds they straightened back out perfectly fine. *CAUTION: Shrink plastic is VERY HOT! Please do not allow children to touch the hot plastic.

5. Here’s a quick look at the original dies we used to cut the plastic and their finished, shrunken size. Sometimes the comparison helps you realize just how much they shrink!

6. I love to use Alcohol Inks to color my plastic pieces. These inks are formulated for non-porous materials and provide vibrant, rich colors. A word of caution however – they can provide those same vibrant (and fairly permanent!) colors to your clothes and carpeting, so watch the kiddos when they are working over your craft mat.

7. Once the pieces are colored and dry, use a Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole for easy hanging. This tool cuts through the plastic like butter – even my six year old could do it!

8. For a final step add a generous coat of Glossy Accents to the top. Use a pin to pop any air bubbles that form, and allow it to dry overnight. No touching!

Here’s a peek at the finished charms. I added a simple loop of ball chain so the kids could add their tags to backpacks for summer camp, lunch bags, even longer chains to use as dog tags. You could use these charms on diaper bags for babysitting playgroups or the travel bags you take on vacation. It’s fun to craft with your kids – I hope this project helps you fill some rainy summer days with stamping fun.

Supplies: Repeat After Me, Lots of Dots, and Back to the Basics mystampBOX stamps; StazOn ink; Shrink Plastic; Adirondack Alcohol Inks; Ranger Glossy Accents; Spellbinders dies; We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile; embossing heat tool.

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Comments

  1. Jaine says:

    Wow how cute. I love that you got your kids working, this is a fab project for the kids to do. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Janet Zeppa says:

    What an awesome project!!

  3. Allison Cope says:

    Awesome Jolene! Love it that the kids made them themselves! Awesome!

  4. Sue Sykes says:

    These are awesome, Jolene!! I have a pack of shrink plastic around here somewhere… I’ll have to break it out for a fun summer project!

  5. Agata says:

    Wow! That’s awesome! :)

  6. taci says:

    I love this project! where can I find shrink wrap though? These would make AWESOME mommy necklaces!!

  7. Bettina says:

    Taci, you can get this at most craft and scrapbooking stores. Ask for Shrink Plastic sheets. Good luck!

  8. Adeline says:

    These are so pretty :) May I know what your kids used to dye them? Did they use brushes, use the bottles directly on the surface, or something else? Thanks.

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