Day 8 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
The goal for these 24 days is to give you ideas for hand-crafted Christmas decorations for your tree and home. Come back each day to try the next craft. 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
Materials and Supplies
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For each set of 6 snowflakes you will need:
- 1 sheet of shrink plastic such as Shrinky Dinks® – Each sheet will make 6 snowflakes (Back on Day 2, I give you more information about shrink plastics, including its history!)
- Pattern (available in my Resource Library)
- String (for hanging)
Cutting the Snowflakes
If you are cutting with a craft machine, upload the .SVG file to your design software.
You can cut the shrink plastic by hand but it can be a little tedious. It is faster and easier with a craft machine. If you don’t have one, see if a friend will cut your snowflakes on their craft machine.
Custom Material Settings for Craft Machines
For my Cricut Maker, there is no setting specifically for shrink plastics (polystyrene). I created a custom material after some trial and error with my machine and the shrink plastic I bought. The settings are shown below but you may need to adjust for your own machine and the specific shrink plastic you bought.
- Cut Pressure: 350
- Multicut: On – 3 Passes
- Blade: Deep Point Blade
Before I eject the mat from my Cricut, I test-lift a corner to be sure the cuts worked. If it doesn’t release everything in that corner I lifted, I let it cut again. I have only had to re-cut when a blade was getting dull. Otherwise, the settings above work for my machine.
Shrinking and Hanging
Lay the plastic snowflakes on parchment paper on your baking trays. I sometimes have issues with the plastic sticking to my baking sheets. Now that I use parchment paper, I never have this issue.
Shrink according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
After they have cooled, tie a string through the hole and hang on your tree, on a wreath, on garland, etc. Shrink plastic items are cute as earrings, gift tags, wine charms, and many more uses. Have some fun!
I used my shrink plastic snowflakes on this garland I placed on the fireplace mantle. Yes, those LED stars are from Day 6 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting. 🙂
Remember to come back each day for a new project in the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!