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How to make custom retro-shrunken plastic Christmas decorations?

Howdy all you crafty crafters,

Have you wanted to give a gift that people will cherish and are made to be personal to that particular person?


Here is a simple project my family made in the 1970's that your whole family can enjoy with keepsakes that will inspire memories for generations.


First you’ll need a few items:

   - Clean #6 Plastic
   - Sharpie (or other) Permanent Markers
   - Scissors
   - Aluminum Foil
   - Oven and Tongs or Oven Mitt

Here are the simple steps to get started:



1) Draw your desired image or text on your plastic canvas using permanent markers. The total image will shrink to about a third of its original size, and five or six times its original thickness.


2) Cut any excess plastic away to make your decoration custom shaped.


3) *Parent Alert! - Pre-heat your oven to 350°.

4)  Cover a baking sheet with foil. I’ve used wax paper and parchment paper and had good results.


5) Place your decorations in the foil covered sheet, then use the tongs/oven mitt to place the foil on the bottom rack.

6) For the first minute your decoration will curl up, then flatten itself out. If you have an oven door through which you can see, then just keep an eye on it. If your door is solid, open it just after 90 seconds. Total time for a large piece (5-6” starting size) will be about 3 1/2 minutes.

7) Using the tongs or oven mitt, remove the tray. At this point, it’s still pliable, so if you want to flatten it more, or add waves or bend the corners, do so CAREFULLY within the first ten seconds.


8) Now, you are done. It’s still cut-able, sand-able, drill-able, glue-able, and plenty more. Attach it to your Christmas decorations, jewelry, pet name tag, a luggage label or whatever you can think of.



Here is a one I made just for fun. When you make yours why not post so we all can get appreciate your hard work.



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Coach Dave

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Posted 2016-12-13T00:20:45+0000  by Dave_HD_OC Dave_HD_OC