These Shrink Plastic DIY Name Tags Will Make All Your Dinner Parties Extraspecial
Shrink plastic. Aka Shrinky Dinks. Aka puraban (in Japanese). Do you know about this stuff? I was a really crafty kid, and I somehow missed this miracle product. I understand that it was big in the '80s, and I guess I was probably a little too young to know about it. It seems to be making a comeback, though! I was at a Japanese craft store a few weeks ago with a friend who explained the concept to me, and I almost died of excitement (it's huge here in Japan). You buy clear sheets of thin plastic and draw your own designs on them with permanent marker. Cut out the shape and bake the plastic in an oven for about 45 seconds. The plastic shrinks to create a much smaller, much thicker, and sturdier piece of plastic with your design on it (in miniature, with more concentrated color). They also sell the plastic sheets in different colors and patterns that you can cut shapes out of.
All I could think of were the possibilities. Jewelry! Magnets! Hair clips! Pins! Where to start? I actually didn't even try to make anything for about two weeks because I couldn't decide where to begin. I've been hooked on calligraphy, so I thought it would be fun to write out names on different shapes to create shrink plastic tags. I loved them so much that I turned them into tied napkin rings for my next dinner party, but they could also be gift tags, drink markers, or even jewelry. Now I'm addicted, and I've created a Pinterest board full of inspiration.