|House ornaments made with Shrinky Dinks|
Yes, I said "Shrinky Dinks" (or "shrink-a-dinks" as my son says). Remember that clearish plastic that you colored and baked in the oven and it turned into hard plastic drawings of cartoon rabbits and stuff? Remember?? Here is a link the the "magical world of Shrinky Dinks" if you don't.
Anyway, I don't know what gave me this idea, but I thought it would be fun to draw my house on shrinky dink plastic. And since it was the holidays, I added some bedazzling and glitter to make it look like a holiday house. And that is as close to a holiday decorated house outside as I'll get because we don't have any electricity hook-ups. See, though, I can dream of what it would look like all lit up....
I liked it! and I got so excited about how it looked, that I created some for some friends. You can do this too (and pretty quickly) even if you're not a superstar artist--trust me, I'm not either. The plastic film is translucent so you can put it over a picture of the house you're using and basically trace it. Hint: if you don't have a photo of the house, google map it and you can see the house with the satellite filter. It's not creepy if you're doing this as a gift and not as a stalker.
Here is the basic low-down, with my commentary and suggestions as usual:
|1-Picture of a house to trace--this is actually too big.|
|Color with pencils on the "furry side"|
|Trim the excess plastic. But remember that hole! This was one I'd forgotten to do :o(|
|I like the lights on the tree in this one!|
5. Let the glue/glitter dry overnight and you're ready to wrap!