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June 18, 2014

Easy DIY Polaroid Photo Keychain

I spotted this cute little Father's Day craft in Disney's Family Fun magazine a few weeks ago and decided to make it for Keith as a part of Owen's gift to him for Father's Day. I'm really not very crafty, although I try to be, but I was pretty pleased with the outcome of this little craft!

There are so many different people who you could make this trinket for... you could use a team / class photo to make this for coaches or teachers, make one for your grandparents... or even do something totally type A and overly organized and have a different key chain for every key you have with a corresponding picture of the item on the key chain.

Anyway here is our little Father's Day craftyness...

Here is what you will need:
1. First crop a photograph to 5 square inches. I cropped my image into a square using iPhoto and then inserted it into a Word file where I was able to size it down to a 5x5 square.

2. Lighten the image as needed. Colors will get darker during baking, so it's best to pick a picture with a light background.

3. Print your photo on a sheet of Shrinky Dinks.

4. Trim the photo, leaving a 1-inch border at the bottom and a 1/2-inch border at the top and both sides.

5. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions for the best way to print your photos based on the printer you have and how to adjust the ink and color levels (if needed).

6. Using your hole punch, punch a hole in the top left corner of the picture.

7. Place picture on a foil line baking sheet and then into a preheated 275-300 degree oven. It feels really strange putting a picture of your child in an oven. Some part of my motherly instinct didn't feel right about this part!

8. Set the timer for 3-5 minutes and watch as your picture shrinks! After the paper lays flat (it might curl a bit during the baking) let it bake for about 30 seconds more before removing from the oven. Remove paper from the tray and press flat with a pad of paper to keep it flat while it cools (approx. 15 seconds).

9. Attach key ring and you're done!


Unknown said...

This is awesome! I am totally going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

Laura @ Everyday Confetti

hello erin said...

no way. its like magic that it shrank that much. seriously MAGIC.

E Hayes said...

wow, that crazy! What a fun product!

Laureen said...

Shrinky dinks..?! That is too funny. Did you feel like Charlie and the Choc Factory? What an adorable key chain. :)

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

What a fun idea!!! I love the way you packaged it up as well!

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

This is so coo. Thanks for sharing!

Nat{natyouraveragegirl} said...

cute idea!!! you're so crafty!