DIY Harry Potter Series – Shrinky Dink Pins

A wonderful and fun DIY to do with kids or by yourself… Shrinky Dink Pins, but with a HP theme to it.

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You will need:

  1. Shrinky dink sheets (any craft store will have them; usually they are 6-8 sheets in a packet)
  2. Safety Pins (I got mine at Michaels; Safety Pins – Michaels)
  3. Thin black sharpie and scissors
  4. Assorted acrylic paints
  5. A baking pan and foil

What you do:

  • First decide what characters you’d like as pins. I started with Dobby the elf, Hedwig and a golden snitch. Find some clear images online and use them as a reference to draw on the shrinky dink sheet. Let the sharpie dry.
    • Make sure you choose images that are slightly bigger than normal, since they will shrink to about 1/4th the original size. IMG_0324
  • Paint the designs (gold and silver for the snitch, white and silver for hedwig etc) and let everything dry. Add a layer of mod podge to seal the paint before baking.
  • Cut out the designs from the sheet and lay them paint side up on a baking tray lined with foil. Untitled
  • Pre-heat your oven to 340-350 deg.
  • Place the tray in the oven and leave for 5-6 min. Make sure your images have shrunk before pulling out the tray. Some ovens require longer time or higher temps.
  • Once the images have cooled, turn them over and use hot glue to attach a pin to each for fastening.IMG_0336
  • Optional: Paint the hot glue white to blend it with the paper.

I made a total of 5 HP themed pins and 2 for Game of Thrones – a Jon Snow silhouette and a dragon on an egg. Love how they turned out 😀

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