DIY Arthur Shrink Plastic Name Tags

Apr 28, 2014

Remember shrink plastic? It's still around! 

With summer camp season nearly upon us (and back-to-school not too far after that), we decided to make a sweet little Arthur name tag. Get your kids involved in the tracing and the painting, and you can make a whole batch at once to adorn anything and everything.

What you need:
  • shrink plastic (available at craft retailers)
  • permanent black marker
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • something to trace (we used this Arthur logo)
  • acrylic paints
  • paper bag (or tin foil)
  • access to a toaster oven


Your package of shrink plastic will contain instructions specific to the type you have bought, so refer to those instructions for details on steps, oven temperature and what kind of paints/markers you can use. The basic steps involve tracing your pattern in permanent marker, painting or colouring in your design, cutting it out and then baking it for a short time in a toaster oven. Don't forget to punch your holes before painting or colouring!

Shrink plastic shrinks to about 1/3 of its original size, so we made our name tag 6 7/8-inches wide and 3 1/2-inches high. When shrunk, this translated to 2 5/8-inches wide and 1 1/2-inches high. 
Here's the sized image of Arthur that we used, and the name was printed out in 60 pt font.

Here's what the front looked like before baking:

And here's what the back looked like:

Now, using thread, string or ribbon, secure your child's name tag to whatever they'd like! 

You can skip punching holes and turn these into magnets or pins, too!



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