Juicy markers on shrink plastic are a super fun craft for kids of all ages. Even better for little ones who need help writing their name or practicing their cursive or lettering. Once the piece is finished, they can proudly show it off as a work of wearable art.
What you’ll need
- 1 sheet of shrink plastic (I like the frosted kind)
- Colored markers, including black
- High gloss water-based varnish, brush
- Embossing gun or toaster oven
- Hole punch
- Necklace chain, jump rings, jewelry pliers
Helpful Tip:Right after the plastic flattens, place a heavy book on top to flatten it more. Read the manufacturer’s directions for melting the plastic in the toaster oven or traditional oven.
How to make it
- Work on the frosted side, if both sides are shiny, you can use a bit of sandpaper to rough it up. Use a pencil to draw your design, then trace over it with a black marker. You can also freestyle if you want. Keep in mind that the plastic will shrink about 75%, so keep your letters far apart and your design simple to see.
- Color in your designs with different colors of markers. Cut out around your design. Use the hole punch to create holes where you want to connect your necklace chain.
- Use a pencil to hold the piece in place and use the embossing heat gun to wave over the plastic until it begins to curl. It will shrink and eventually flatten out.
- On the frosted side, coat with a layer of water-based brush-on high gloss varnish. Let dry, add a second coat, let dry and add a third.
- And there you have it! Add the jump rings through the holes you punched, then add the necklace chain.