DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets – Great Rainy Day Weekend Kids’ Craft Project

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I was recently inspired by some lovely, handmade shrink film jewelry I discovered through Painting Bliss blog. It in turn led to my son and I crafting our own DIY shrinky dinks magnets for the fridge!

Ashlie Blake, author of Painting Bliss blog (since defunct) is also the designer behind the lovely necklace pictured above. She makes a variety of beautiful, shrink film necklaces and earrings that I have just fallen in love with. I am really hoping she decides to put these beauties up for sale in her Etsy shop.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

In the meantime, I was so inspired by Ashlie’s work, I decided to pull out some shrinky dinks paper I have had stashed away and give my son a little weekend project. He used this concept to make me some new refrigerator magnets.

Because I love dragonflies, he made me a dragonfly in a jar magnet. (He also crafted a butterfly magnet for my fridge and a bracelet for his girlfriend by punching holes in the shrinky dinks paper before shrinking then stringing together on string.)

If you were a child of the 80s then you may remember just how awesome shrinky dinks were. Well, they still are. Except rather than coloring in pre-printed designs, now you get to design your own!

This is a terrific kids project and adults love making shrinky dinks too! There are so many applications from jewelry and magnets to mobiles and herb markers!

DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets

Here’s what you need:

Frosted Ruff & Ready Shrinky Dinks Paper
Colored Pencils
Imagination
Oven
Brown Paper
Cookie Sheet
Scissors
E6000 Glue
Rare Earth Magnets

Here’s what you do:

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

1. Either trace an image you like or design your own image and draw it onto the rough side of a shrinky dinks plastic sheet using colored pencils. Regular colored pencils work fine, but if you want a really rich color, opt for PrismaColor pencils. They’re pricey, but they’re good!

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

2. Color your image in completely. Don’t be afraid to press hard. The richer the color on the plastic, the more vivid your final piece. You can outline the edges with a permanent black marker for a bolder look if you like.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

3. Cut your image out of the shrinky dinks plastic with scissors.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

4. Place the shrinky dinks image on brown paper – I used a brown paper bag – on a cookie sheet.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

5. Bake the shrinky dinks in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-3 minutes. If the edges curl badly, you can quickly flatten them down with a spatula or chopstick.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

6. Remove your shrunken art from the oven and allow to cool for a minute. Then remove your shrinky dinks from the paper and pan.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

7. To turn your shrink dinks into DIY shrinky dinks magnets, simply glue a rare earth magnet onto the back with some E6000 glue. Allow to dry.

Easy DIY Shrinky Dinks Magnets! A simple fun rainy day kids craft project. Learn how to craft your own DIY shrinky dinks magnets to decorate your fridge! This is a great kids craft project and it's perfect for a rainy weekend!

8. Then stick your new DIY shrinky dinks magnets on the fridge or other magnetic surface to enjoy! These are not only fun for everyday, but also make great gifts from the kids for Mother’s Day!

For more kids craft projects and ideas, be sure to check out my Kids Craft Projects board on Pinterest.

DIY Legwarmers – A Fashion Statement for Fall

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I loved legwarmers in the 80s not because they were a fashion statement, but because they kept my legs extra warm when playing outside in the snow. I was a kid then though, and by the time the 90s and high school hit, they’d gone out of style. Fortunately, they’ve come back with a sexy creative DIY twist from some very talented handmade gurus in styles you’d never be too embarrassed to wear. Plus, they’re a snap to make yourself from upcycled clothing!
Upcycled Woman’s Clothing Leg Warmers from cutrag
I found these super fun and funky, eco-friendly upcycled legwarmers today at cutrag on etsy. Made from recycled and vintage clothing, these legwarmers would look great with a skirt and boots and are the perfect trend for fall and the upcoming winter season! And, if you’re the crafty sort, you can make your own diy legwarmers from old shirts and sweaters yourself with either a sewing machine or just a needle and thread. Here are a few creative ideas on the web for making your own handmade legwarmers.
DIY Leg Warmers from Promise Tangeman
How to Make Legwarmers or Boot Socks from Made By Lex
DIY Reconstruction: Sweater Into Legwarmers from Crochet Clouds
You can also make legwarmers out of socks with holes in the toes or any thrift store socks you find that have a pattern you love.
Do you love legwarmers? And have you made a pair of your own yet? If so, what type of material did you use?

DIY Steampunk Inspired Sweater Spats – Upcycle a Little Fresh Fall Fashion

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With the buzz of fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner, I was psyched to find this simple diy project for crafting your own upcycled sweater spats!

These wildly stylish steampunk inspired DIY spats are made by recycling that thrift store sweater – or any sweater hidden in the back of your closet that just doesn’t fit properly any more. The embroidered skull design makes them a great pair for a Halloween costume, but you can substitute the skulls for any embroidery design or even a patch and wear these through the fall and winter seasons. You can find the full tutorial for this project over at Urban Threads.
Looking for more upcycled diy clothing? Then be sure to check out the tutorial for a long sleeve embellished t-shirt with multi-layered flowers from make it and love it. It’s also perfect for the fall fashion season. Also be sure to check out my Fashion Forward DIY Board on Pinterest!

15 Fabulous DIY Purses for Fall

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Fall is creeping up. What better way to celebrate a seasonal change than to craft a new seasonal accessory? Here are a few of my favorite projects for making DIY purses for fall! This collection of 15 fabulous DIY purses and pouches are perfect for fall – or any season you happen to be falling for!

Cute Japanese Coin Purse from the Purl bee

Craft a cute coin purse from your fabric fall fabric! The Japanese Coin Purse tutorial from the Purl bee shows you how to make this handmade coin purse with ease. Plus it’s small enough you can make it with or without a sewing machine!

Reversible Purse from Martha Stewart

This DIY Reversible Purse from Martha Stewart will fit any season! Make it functional for two seasons by using a spring colored fabric on one side and an autumn patterned fabric on the other!

The Grandview Bag Tutorial from The Boy Trifecta

I love this ruffled purse for fall from The Boy Trifecta. It’s feminine and chic and would go perfectly with your favorite fall outfit. Or go simple with boot cut jeans, a turtleneck, and leather boots. The bag makes the outfit every time.

Art Supply Pouch Tutorial from Whip Up

These Art Supply Pouches from Whip Up make going back to school more stylish than ever. Craft your own for your kids or yourself for stylish craft supply organization that will make your friends jealous.

Plenty of Pockets Tote from Sew4Home

The perfect tote for fall with plenty of pockets, this Plenty of Pockets Tote from Sew4Home makes keeping up with your devices and reading material a snap! It’s terrific for the office or going back to school.

And a few other diy purse craft projects I’ve fallen in love with:

1. Simple Drawstring Coin Purse: A Tutorial

2. Fully Lined Zippered Pouch Box: Pattern and Tutorial

3. The Pleated Pouch Tutorial with Pattern

4. Tutorial: How to Sew a Zippered Pouch

5. Cut-Out Vinyl Pouch

6. Pop-Open Little Purse

7. Book Bag Craft

8. P.S. I Made This…Clutch with a Sharpie

9. DIY: Purse Organizer

10. DIY Color Block Purse

For more great DIY fashion accessory and clothing ideas you can make to wear or compliment your wardrobe, be sure to follow my Fashion Forward DIY Board on Pinterest!