Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to be the part of a Sizzix Blog Hop to celebrate The 50’s, a groovy new collection of Sizzix dies created by the talented Jen Long!
Grab a soda pop, put on your blue suede shoes, and get ready to rock and roll with this fun project!
I love all of these 50’s dies SO much, and I was having a really hard time deciding which ones to use…
So I decided to use a LOT of them to make a cute Shrinky Dinks Charms Bracelet! Did you know that you can use your Sizzix dies on shrink plastic? The size of the cut dies were just perfect for shrinking and turning into cute little plastic charms. This is a craft project that is great for adults and kids alike.
I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty magical watching those thin paper dies twist and turn in the oven, only to end up perfectly flat when completely baked. Keep reading for the simple directions!
1950’s Shrinky Dinks Charms Bracelet
- Various The 50’s Sizzix dies by Jen Long. I used the retro sunglasses, electric guitar, camera, saddle shoes, vintage car & radio, and rock n’ roll sundae sets.
- Sizzix Big Shot, Vagabond, Big Kick, or Big Shot Pro die cut machine
- Shrink plastic (available at most craft stores)
- Permanent markers (I used Sharpies)
- Hole punch
- Clear sealer
- Chain (for the bracelet)
- Jump rings
- Jewelery clasps
Die cut your desired shapes out of the shrink plastic using your 1950’s dies and your die cut machine.
Once you have your shapes, use the Sharpies to color them in. Just remember that the colors will get darker once they are baked! Punch a hole in the top of the dies, so that you will have a hole for your jump ring to attach to the bracelet.
Preheat the oven. Bake your 50’s die cuts according to the directions on the back of the package. I only baked two or three charms at once. While the charms are baking, you might freak out when they start to twist and turn. I know I did my first few times! It’s okay, I promise it will look good at the end.
Bake for the recommended baking time, and carefully remove from the oven. Use a spatula to press down on the top of the charms and make sure that they are perfectly flat. Let cool.
Spray or brush on a clear sealer to protect the color of the charms.
Using pliers, open some jump rings by pulling them apart sideways. Use the jump rings to attach the 50’s charms to the charm bracelet. If you don’t have a charm bracelet already, it’s easy to make one! Just buy some silver chain (from the craft store), and add a jump ring with a clasp at the end. If I can do it, so can you!
Isn’t this bracelet fun? I love how easy it was to make with these amazing dies! I have a fun 50’s sock hop party that I’ll be going to this week, and I can’t wait to show off my new 1950’s Shrinky Dink charm bracelet!
Now my girls are begging me for one… 😉