|A Spring-tastic Shrink Plastic Frame|
What does spring mean to me? That's the question of the week posed by Iron Crafter Spring Contest. Well, sort of. Technically, it's "Spring." Period. But I did have to ask myself that question. Turns out, spring means flowers, butterflies, and my daughter running barefoot through the grass. Who knew? It also means the return of flip-flops, but I couldn't figure out a way to tastefully throw them into the mix. Anyway, I made this magnetic floral photo frame from one of my favorite things - Shrinky Dinks shrink plastic.
- Shrink plastic - white
- Permanent markers
- E6000 (or your favorite strong glue)
- Tape (optional)
- Scissors (small and very sharp)
- Sand paper
Start out with a whole sheet of white shrink plastic. Sand it. This creates a better surface for the markers, otherwise your design could flake off. (Don't ask how I know this.) Draw your design using permanent markers, leaving a blank space in the center.
|Color the plastic.|
Cut out the blank space using very sharp scissors. I poked a hole to fit the scissors into first. Be very careful at this stage. Before it's shrunk, the plastic is brittle and can break. (Again, don't ask how I know.) If you have a very sharp craft knife, that might work instead of scissors. Mine just scored the surface. I then tried a box cutter. The scissors worked out best for me.
|Cut out the center.|
Shrink it according to the directions on the package. You may want to keep a pair of tongs nearby. My frame completely turned in around itself and needed to be untangled. I was a very nervous crafter for a minute or two over that.
|Assemble the frame.|
Cut the photo to fit the frame and glue it to the back of the frame. Glue the magnets to the upper corners. The magnets I used were so strong they kept traveling towards each other, so I had to hold them in place with a bit of tape until the glue dried.
Once it's dry, it's finished.
|Finished and on the refrigerator.|
So, that's how I see spring. Bare feet and all.