This is a quick and easy craft to personalize your scissors. I use a scissor charm to mark my scissors before taking them to a friend’s house or a quilt retreat. They would also be fun gifts for the quilting fairy to leave for each of your guild mates for your next quilt retreat.
I do suggest using Sharpie markers. The packaging for the Shrinky Dinks said to use an alcohol-based marker so I used my Staedtler markers. The ink wouldn’t go on smoothly, balled up in the oven, and wiped off a few hours later. After this I made a trip to see my mom who owns more than just black sharpies.
- Shrinky Dinks
- Cell Phone Straps
- Jump Rings
- Hole Punch
- Jump Ring Tool (Optional)
Use your markers to draw the picture you would like for your charm on the Shrinky Dink plastic. 1”-1.5” is a good range to shoot for, you don’t want your charms too be too big once they shrink. The colors do change a little in the oven. Filling in a design with a dark color makes the charm really dark and hides detail. It may be better to leave the dark colors for the outline and details. You can also try drawing on both sides of the plastic, this will give it an interesting 3D look.
I bought clear Shrinky Dinks so I was able to trace images onto the plastic. I may be crafty but I am not an artist so this helped. You can also buy Shrinky Dink sheets that can go through your printer. This would be a great option if you want to make a lot of them at once. Printable Shrinky Dinks sheets were significantly more expensive so I just drew my own pictures.
Once you are happy with your design, cut around your picture and use your hole punch to punch a hole in the charm. You do not need to cut super close to the picture, the extra space will shrink down anyway.
Bake your charms in the oven according to the instructions on the package. I baked the charms on a cookie sheet with parchment paper under them. Bake them until they shrink down and flatten out. This took about 3 mins at 325°.
Once your charms have cooled you can add the cell phone strap. Take a jump ring and open it by twisting the two pieces of metal away to either side. You do not want to open the ring by pulling the metal apart, this weakens the metal.
Thread the jump ring through both the hole in your charm and the jump ring attached to your cell phone strap. Twist the jump ring back into place to close the opening.
Now when someone grabs your scissors, they’ll know whose they are. “What is this scissor charm, it looks like a walking carpet?” “That’s a Wookie Judith, those must be Loryn’s scissors.”
I would love to see how your project turns out. Post pictures to Instagram #boutsofspontaneouscrafting