Create Shrink-Art Gift Tags for Christmas

Create these unique gift tags with black-and-white images, a computer, and shrink film. Silver foil, ribbons, and beads enhance their visual charm.

What You Need:

  • Grafix shrink film sheets: Inkjet Opaque
  • Computer and printer
  • Permanent black inkpad
  • Clear acrylic stamps: assorted holiday greetings
  • Standard hole punch
  • 1/4-inch-wide foil tape
  • Black permanent marker
  • Glass beads: red and white
  • 2 to 3 silver metal head pins for each ornament
  • Pliers: round-nose and chain-nose
  • Flush cutters
  • Large silver metal jump rings
  • Silver metal connectors
  • 1/2-inch-wide sheer white ribbons

How to Make It:

  1. Preparing the image: Select a black-and-white holiday floral image to print onto the shrink film. Import the image into a photo-editing software program and change the color by adjusting the hue saturation. The color will intensify when shrunk, so the lighter the better. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to print the image directly onto the shrink film. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a rectangle on the plastic image, keeping in mind it will shrink to 30 percent of its original size; cut out the rectangle. Ink your stamp and press it directly onto the rectangle. Punch a hole in the center top of the rectangle. Shrink the ornament in a toaster oven or conventional oven, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Finish the package tag: Cover the edges of the rectangle with foil tape. Burnish to remove any air bubbles. Personalize the tag by writing names with the black permanent marker. String a glass bead onto each head pin. Shape each head pin into a loop with the round-nose pliers, and trim the excess wire with the flush cutters. Use the chain-nose pliers to open the jump ring, and then loop it through the punched hole. String the beaded head pins and connector onto the jump ring before firmly closing it. Loop a 7-inch length of ribbon through the center of the connector or add another jump ring to the connector and loop ribbon through the last jump ring; knot ribbon ends together.

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