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Shrinking Treasures

Craft enthusiast Sara Bir shows how to shrink artwork into custom-made trinkets.

Craft enthusiast Sara Bir shares a technique that uses shrinking craft materials to save artwork and pictures.


  1. Enlarge the image you want to shrink on a copier.

  2. Lay the shrinking sheet over the artwork, with the shiny side down, then trace the picture with a permanent marker or colored pencil on the matte side of the sheet. Color in the image.

  3. Place a sheet of paper on a cookie sheet and set the image on the paper (the paper helps protect the image.) Bake at 325 degrees for one to three minutes. The material will curl up a bit, but that is OK. It will unfurl as it cools. You may need to help flatten it out a bit.

The finished product can be used to make refrigerator magnets, keychains, necklaces and Christmas ornaments. This is a great way to save kids’ artwork. Be sure to use simple shapes when cutting out the image before baking because the material is brittle.

If you are using words in the design, they will end up reversed on the sheet of paper. To avoid this, trace the words on a sheet of paper using a permanent marker, and the images will bleed through. Turn the paper over and trace the reverse side onto the shrinking sheet.

If you want to hang the image, use a hole punch and make the hole before baking the image.

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