That’s right. These swoon-worthy ring dishes were printed. And it gets better; because no, this project does not require a 3-D printer.
This just in…shrink plastic projects (or shrinky dinks) have grown up & have gotten way better than key chains or zipper pulls.
Now that we can print on shrink plastic paper, it opens up the creative options to projects that look far more designer than those we used to know.
Once you choose your image, this project takes around 15 minutes start to finish. And since it’s already November, I can officially suggest that these would make excellent personalized Christmas gifts, or stocking stuffers they’ll actually want to keep!
Printable shrink plastic paper (you can find it at many craft stores or online here) shrinky dink sells a few varieties at craft stores. If you’re only planning on making the leaf or a drawn design dish, you can buy solid white shrink plastic paper.
Access to a printer
Small bowl (for shaping your dish)
Metallic paint pen (optional)
Decide on your image. Feel free to print my acorn, find a favorite flower you captured in a photo, or design your own!
Print your image onto your shrink plastic paper.
Or draw an image. I drew my leaf directly onto the paper.
Print the leaf template here if you’d like to use it as a guide.
If you printed the acorn, you can color your dish with colored pencils before baking or leave it black & white like I did.
Cut around the image.
Place on a sheet of parchment & onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 200 degrees fahrenheit for around 3 minutes (check your paper for specific instructions).
When your plastic has shrunk – it will curl up and then flatten – remove it from the oven and (wearing an oven mitt) place it directly into a small bowl. Press down to shape. I pulled the sides of my leaf up a little as well.
If you’re not happy with the shape, put it back in the oven, and keep an eye on your plastic as it flattens again.
Once your dish is shaped, it is already cool enough to decorate.
I used a metallic paint pen and splattered the ink, then lined the edge with gold.
These would be beautiful with a monogram too, and could even serve as gorgeous take-home place settings!
I was so happy with how these turned out. Ten minutes to make such beautiful luxe-looking dishes? These are certainly stuffing some stockings this year.