St. Patrick's Day Shrink Charms

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St. Patrick's Day Shrink Charms
Ages school-age

Show your St. Patrick's Day style with cute shrink charms perfect for jewelry. You may end up creating a lucky bracelet!

Download St. Patrick's Day Shrink Charms Template

What you'll need

  • Printed charms
  • White or clear shrink paper for inkjet printers (you can purchase this at art/craft supply stores or online)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Jewelry accessories

How to make it

  1. Print out the charms on shrink paper and cut out each charm.

  2. To use your charm as a bracelet or necklace pendant, you need to punch the hole where indicated before you bake it. If you want to attach the charm to a barrette or pin, simply cut under the hole to remove it.

  3. Follow the baking instructions on the shrink paper package to bake the charms in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Watch the shrink plastic dance and curl! Do not allow children to use the oven.

  4. If the charm is still slightly curled when it is finished baking, use a piece of cardboard or a spatula to flatten it completely.

  5. Apply a couple coats of clear nail polish to seal the ink on the charm and make it water-resistant. Let it dry.

  6. Add the charm to whatever you'd like! You can use jump rings and jewelry chain to create a charm bracelet or necklace, or attach it to a cell phone charm strap to decorate your phone or zipper pulls. You can also glue them to barretts and hair pins.

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