Round up the kids for this fun shrink plastic art. Colorful Pocket Pals from Tiffany Windsor are sure to become a hit in your household. Get the kids to help decorate these adorable little friends. Customize each pal to your liking and unleash your creativity.
- Shrink plastic – opaque (shrinks to white) 8-1/2″ x 11″
- Fine sandpaper
- Fine-tip permanent black marker
- Colored pencils
- 1/4″ diameter hole punch
- Square piece of cardboard (3″)
- Heat gun (or toaster oven, or kitchen oven) and heat resistant surface
- Thoroughly sand the entire surface of one side of shrink plastic, both vertically and horizontally so that colored pencils will adhere.
- Using permanent marker, trace pattern on sanded side. (Note: the marker ink may run slightly on the sanded surface. Do not worry, it will look better after shrinking.)
- Use colored pencils to color design. Remember that colors will be more intense after shrinking.
- Cut out design. Cut arms along broken lines on pattern. Punch holes on girl’s head where indicated. If desired, add more holes along hairline for fuller hair.
- Place designs on heat resistant surface and bake in oven according to package directions. (Watch video to see how Tiffany uses a heat gun to shrink the Pocket Pals).
- When completely shrunk, remove design from oven. (If desired, wear a pair of cotton gloves to protect hands while handling the hot plastic in this next step.)
- To shape arms before design cools, lay design on flat surface. Lift arms and slip cardboard between arms and body. Let design cool completely. Remove cardboard.
- For girl’s hair, cut 4″ lengths of yarn. Knot 1 yarn length through each hole. For pony tail, gather all yarn lengths at top of head. Wrap and know another piece of yarn around all lengths to secure.
For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to Make Shrink Plastic Pocket Pals.