DIY Shrinky Dink Buttons

It’s been really neat learning about all the incredible stuff you can do with shrink plastic, but one of my very favorite ideas is making your own buttons.  They can actually be sewn onto clothing and will hold up quite nicely.  An awesome way to add personality to your clothes or accessories or to take your handmade sewing projects to the next DIY level!

How to Make Shrinky Dink Buttons

What you need to make shrinky dink buttons:

  • Shrink plastic (frosted)
  • 1 1/2″ circle punch (I used a 2″ punch but think 1 1/2″ would work better)
  • Permanent markers
  • Hole punch
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or cut up paper bag

If you’re not such a good artist (as you can tell from the photo above, I’m not), you might want to check out the awesome free templates that are available on Scissors.Paper.Wok.  So very cool.

Place them on the parchment paper/paper bag on a cookie sheet, and bake according to the directions on the shrink plastic package.


What I Learned the Hard Way:  Like I said, I would use a 1 1/2″ punch next time, as I think they would shrink more uniformly than mine did.

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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