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Shrinky Dink Father’s Day Gifts

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about easy-to-make gifts for Dads. This one is really funny and can be personalized with photos of your family members. Using a Shrinky Dink Kit, we turned Moses and Roman into miniature pins and keychains. The boys loved making this craft with me and makes a fun little present.

Materials: Shrinky Dink Kit, Photo of Your Child, Super Glue, Tie Tack Backings and Keychain Key Rings

Step 1: Size the photos on your computer.  You want it to be about 200% bigger than the size you’d like your Shrinky Dink to be.
Step 2: Print the images directly onto the plastic Shrinky Dink sheets.
Step 3: Cut out the images. Leave a little bit of paper at the top to punch a hole through for the keychains.
Step 4: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Step 5: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out your Shrinky Dinks.
Step 6: Bake for 3-5 minutes.
Step 7: Let cool.
Step 8: Super glue on the tie tack backings and attach the key rings.

Photography by  Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood

  1. Natasha

    May 24, 2013

    The information on Amazon says the images will shrink to 50% (half) their original size. So I’m confused, because your instructions say to make the original image 50% bigger than desired size. Shouldn’t it be 200% (double) desired size? Or are the Amazon details incorrect??

  2. Jeanette Nyberg

    May 24, 2013

    These are completely adorable- we’re gonna be all over this craft this weekend.

  3. Natalie / Half Asleep Studio

    May 24, 2013

    This is so funny and cute! I kind of just want to put little pictures of me and our dogs on my boyfriend’s keychains without telling him & see what happens when he discovers them, haha.

  4. {plum}

    May 24, 2013

    you, Ms. Jordan Ferney, are a shrinky dink genius.

    i’m stealing this from you, which brings to mind the fact that if it weren’t for you Ferneys, Father’s Day would be a bust! I’m lucky enough to have made the Commission Project cut!

    Thank you Ferney Family!!!!!

  5. Michelle @ Fully Belly, Worn Soles

    May 24, 2013

    Such a cute and affordable gift idea!

  6. Corinna

    May 24, 2013

    I LOVE this idea. I teach elementary students with autism, and we were looking for an awesome Father’s Day gift to make that wasn’t too babyish or cutesy. This is perfect! And, as a parent, I think this is something I’d really like to get as a gift!!!

  7. Anne

    May 24, 2013

    These are amazing! My husband is totally getting miniature doggy tie pins for his birthday.

  8. Alessandra

    May 24, 2013

    This is absolutely adorable!!!

  9. Becky Loose From The Zoo

    May 24, 2013

    these are SO cute!!! i absolutely love this idea! so many possibilities!


  10. giulia

    May 24, 2013

    i’d love to get this as a gift. it’s not cheesy, just plain awesome. so funny!

  11. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS

    May 24, 2013

    these are funny!

  12. Alicia

    May 24, 2013

    omg, these are so fun! can’t wait to try it! :)

  13. Ron Clay

    May 24, 2013

    My dad doesn’t wear ties or carry very many keys, but he does wear hats. The pins would be great for him to wear on his hats. Thanks for the idea.

  14. Cristina

    May 24, 2013

    these are hi-larious! I’m with Natalie – I have no children, but may make a mini-me keychain for my husband…and, maybe a mini-husband keychain for me!

  15. Cristina

    May 24, 2013

    these are hi-larious! I’m with Natalie – I have no children, but may make a mini-me keychain for my husband…and maybe a mini-husband for me!

  16. leah.

    May 24, 2013

    such a sweet idea, and i know my husband would love having a mini chloe to carry on his keychain or wear on a sweater. thanks for the amazing tutorial!


    May 25, 2013

    These are awesome! Love this idea! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of the Shrinky Dink Kit, lol. I’m going to make some to put on the hubby’s cork board at the office. :)

  18. Rebecca at thisfineday

    May 25, 2013

    This is such a creative and new idea! I love it and I love it can be used so many different ways. Thanks for the idea :-)

  19. AimeeHeff

    May 25, 2013

    I am a non-commenter but long time reader.
    And generally my skills are with people not crafts, but I wanted to say thank you for this fun idea.

    We did shrinky dinks all the time when I was little in the 80’s. I am excited to do this project for Father’s Day. We are really low-key about holidays in the Heffernan household but this wouldn’t be breaking any of our low-key rules.

    Just thanks!

    Your team at Oh Happy Day is super creative and I am continually amazed at the fun ideas you guys are giving us all.

  20. Emily

    May 26, 2013

    What an awesome idea! I love the keychain. I remember playing with shrinky dinks as a kid. I had no idea they still existed.


  21. Meghan

    May 26, 2013

    Honey, I shrunk the kids…into a tie tack!

    This would work beautifully as two kids faces for cuff links, and then the dog for a key chain!

  22. meg

    May 27, 2013

    What a CUTE idea!!
    So awesome!

  23. Savanah

    May 28, 2013

    This is possibly the cutest idea I’ve seen in my entire life <3

  24. Lox

    May 28, 2013

    Last year for father’s day, I did something similar by cutting out my son’s silhouette and laminating it. Punched a hole in the top, looped with a ribbon and we had a nice bookmark for dad. It’s so cute!

  25. Melanie

    May 29, 2013

    Great idea! Which is better: inkjet or laser jet?

  26. Lisa D.

    May 30, 2013

    cute! i made a shrinky dink Tardis necklace for my niece last christmas and was trying to think of other things to do with it, its fun and my two girls LOVE watching it curl and go crazy in the oven. When i saw this a light bulb kinda went off… wouldnt these be great for game pieces?! I can only imagine how insanely happy my 4 year old will be to play candyland with her own little ‘sofia’ game piece.

  27. Helena (microbio)

    May 30, 2013

    This is so fun and easy to make, thank you for this wonderful tutorial :)

  28. Kevin

    May 30, 2013

    This is a really cool idea!

  29. Denise

    May 31, 2013

    I have the same question as Melanie – which printer is better to use? I have a photo ink jet, but have access to a color laser printer.

  30. Paulette Leto

    May 31, 2013

    I think my dad would have loved this when I was a kid. I don’t think it would work on keys for him, as his keys get knocked around in his pocket a lot, but as a tie pin? It would have been awesome. Wish I had known about this when I was little!

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