Salutations, lovely readers!
This one’s for all the obsessive fangirls (and guys) out there. DIY lapel pins! Made out of that one craft supply we all loved as kids and now think is useless, but isn’t.
Which craft supply?
I’ll tell you after this special announcement.
Diamond is launching her personal blog this week! All you Marvel-loving people out there who actually know what they’re talking about (unlike me, whose response when you ask if I’ve seen Endgame is to ask, ‘ what game?’) go check it out because she’s a huge fan.
For those of you who don’t already know Diamond, she’s a supremely awesome and supportive stuffed animal blogger. If you haven’t already, go check out her stuffed animal blog and her shiny new personal blog, I Have 12 Percent Of A Plan!
Did you go check it out and ooh over her glorious galaxy design?
Back to the pins! I had this idea a while ago, but hadn’t gotten a chance to test it until Diamond asked me to be part of her blog tour. Since I had been planning on making these pins fangirl themed, and since Diamond is a huge Marvel and Star Wars fan (like me), doing them as a promotional for her blog seemed like the perfect opening.
So, what are they made of?
Shrinky Dinks! The magical plastic that required adult supervision if you were under the age of eight because ovens.
So, to make these, you’ll of course need said Shrinky Dinks. Fun fact, if you don’t have any on hand, check your recycling because Shrinky Dinks are actually just No. 6 plastic, which is frequently used in food containers.
You’ll also need acrylic paint, hot glue, and pin backs.
Trace your shapes or images onto the shrinky dinks, then cut them out.
Use watered down acrylic paints. If you use with unthinned paint, then it will crack and peel when it bakes. Plus, you can get a cool watercolor effect, and who doesn’t like that?
Bake at 350F for 2-4 minutes or until your desired shrinkitude. Let them cool before picking them up, otherwise they will fold and it will be sad. Very sad. I made this mistake twice.
Finally, when you’re done, hot glue your shapes onto the pin backs, and pin them onto everything you own!
Make sure to check out both of Diamond’s blogs and give her a follow!