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Shrunken Heads Lapel Pin for Father's Day!

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Here's a simple and fun Father's day project for the kids to do.
And this is my 50th Instructable, so I feel like a little CELEBRATION!!!

Shrunken Heads lapel Pin (necklace, earrings keychain or magnets!)
Hilarious little heads turned into quirky jewelry!  :)

You'll need some excited kids or you'll need to be really excited yourself!
(I'll admit, I was so excited, the kids didn't get to help at all...they just watched them bake in the oven...)

Other supplies:
Shrink plastic
Computer/printer
photos/editing software
scissors
oven
baking sheet
Your choice of: pin back, lapel pin, jump ring, keychain, magnets, earring hooks...etc.
 
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Step 1: Head Shot!

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First we got some headshots of each of the kids. 
We used photoshop and the lasso tool to select just the heads. 
You could use free software like pixlr.

Create a page that is the same size as your shrink plastic and arrange the heads accordingly.
I overlapped my 3 kiddo's heads for the lapel pin.

Step 2: Print on Plastic!

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Then we printed out a copy on regular print paper.
I could judge the size and make sure the images fit on the plastic.

Then printed them out on shrinky dink or shrink plastic...
(wow...can you say dust?)
Print so the ink prints on the rough side of the plastic...the color will stick to the rough side.

Step 3: Cut it out!

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Then cut them out.
Leave a place for a large hole if you are making
a necklace, earrings or a keychain...or something else that needs to hook on...

The hole needs to be slightly larger than a large hole punch...so I did it about 4 times make a subtle clover shape.

Step 4: Shrink those Heads!

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Place them rough side up on a cookie sheet...bake at 350* for
1 to 5 minutes...you gotta watch them close because it goes fast!

They will curl up like a bowl...but don't panic!

They will reflatten...that means they are ready!  Pull them out of the oven and let them cool about 5 minutes.

Here's the before and after so you can see how much it shrinks!
(they say about 200% shrinkage)
Lay-Cat9 months ago
Cool idea but I was scared by the title it reminded me of the shrunken head that those voodoo magicians made...scaryyyy.but real cute
DTninjagirl10 months ago
cute idea
HollyMann10 months ago
Cute! As a kid my friend and her mom and I did a project - using regular wrappers (candy, chip bags, etc.) to draw on with perm. marker than shrink down - it was fun! Is shrink plastic different from the shrinky dink stuff?
doodlecraft (author)  HollyMann10 months ago
I think any plastic labeled with a #6 printed on them will shrink in the oven. Lots of take-out containers and stuff from grocery stores are in #6...you'll have to be on the look out through your plastics...you probably have some that will work! :) I've never used wrappers though...I'll have to give that a go! :)
Thank you! That's good to know!!!
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