Monday, June 08, 2015

shrink plastic ring bowls

Shrink plastic will always be once of my favorite materials to create with because there are so many different ways to use it! It is also a really fun supply for all crafters, especially kids. Watching that plastic shrink down never gets old! Today I am sharing a simple project that is a fun project for any age.

I recently had the idea to create simple ring bowl. I love tiny little bowls. I have them all around the house and use them to hold change, rings, jewelry and small treasures. 

I started by drawing drawing a circle in the middle of a 8.5" x 11" piece of shrink plastic. 

TIP: When working with shrink plastic you have to keep in mind that your designs will shrink about 50% so I created a flower big enough to shrink down to a small bowl. I created a circle large enough to fit onto the width of my sheet.

Next I drew a flower, cut it out and added details.

Following the directions provided, I baked baked my design in the oven

TIP: I've found that when I am creating larger items from shrink plastic they have a tendency to curl up in the oven. I like to place my design on a piece of parchment paper and lay another piece on top to keep things from folding and curling up. 

Once my flower had shrunk down, I quickly removed it from the oven it with a pair of tongs. 

At this stage the plastic is very hot and pliable which means you are able to bend it. 

I set the flower onto the top of a glass to give my design a small curve and to form it into a bowl. At this stage you have to work fast because you only have seconds to bend the plastic before it hardens.

The end result is a pretty little bowl perfect for tiny treasures!


Looking for more shrink plastic inspiration?

1. statement necklace  2. rings  3. earrings  4. graphic bangles  5. chunky ring  6. heart pins

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