Inkjet shrink film is the fastest craft material in the West! It is so fun and easy to use. First, there is curiousity. Hmmm, I wonder if I could use that Canadian Maple Leaf Plaid ornament to make some shrink film earrings.
It is such a relief to know you can print on EITHER side…because if there is a choice, I would do it wrong the first time. My photo software makes it easy to resize the jpeg and since the shrink film reduces by 50%, it is easy to know how big the image needs to be to start!
I made these earrings in 1/2 hour and I love how they turned out.
Step One: Set oven temp to 350 degrees.
Step Two: Print out maple leaves to 3″ tall.
Step Three: Cut the maple leaves out and use a full size punch to make holes in the top and the bottom.
Step Four: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or vellum (I use vellum because I have stacks of it) Place the two shrink film pieces face up.
Step Five: Put the maple leaves in the oven and watch them shrink in about two minutes. (I place a piece of vellum on top because the tips can curl into the center, but usually the tips fall back as it shrinks)
Step Six: I have a metal spatula handy to firmly flatten the pieces (if they aren’t completely flat) as soon as I take them out of the oven. The pieces cool quickly and you can turn them into earrings in a jiffy. The print doesn’t come out perfectly, but I like things to have a little personality.
Step Seven: Add earring findings for a fun perfect for winter pair of earrings!
Click and Print:
Hope you have fun making these jaunty little earrings!