DIY Shrink Plastic Barrettes: a Step by Step Tutorial

These DIY Shrink Plastic Barrettes are sponsored by Silhouette. All opinions are ours alone.

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Here at the PLG we have certainly gone a little barrette crazy over the last year, not only because they are the cutest accessory, but because they are so easy to DIY! The possibilities for what you can attach to a barrette form are endless and today's method might be my favorite. We're making barrettes out of shrink plastic!

If you haven't used shrink plastic before, you are sure to have your mind blown. We have made several shrink plastic projects and it still feels like magic every time! Plus, we used Silhouette Translucent Shrink Plastic Sheets that you can run through your printer (which means you can put any design imaginable on your barrette) and then cut them with our Silhouette Cameo so they are perfect every time! Then, just pop them in the oven, watch them shrink and you've got the perfect barrette for any outfit! We apologize in advance for any addiction to shrink plastic this post may cause. Consider this your warning — it's SO fun. Here's what you need:

Supplies needed to make your own DIY Shrink Plastic Barrettes

Translucent shrink plastic sheets

Color printer

Silhouette CAMEO

Alligator clips

Super glue

White permanent vinyl (optional)

How to make your own DIY Shrink Plastic Barrettes

Step 1: Arrange your patterns in Silhouette Studio. We found all of these adorable patterns in the Silhouette Store. Place rounded rectangles around each pattern for cutting and add registration marks.

Step 2: Print your design on the shrink plastic, then move it over to your CAMEO and send to cut.

Step 3: Follow the directions on the shrink plastic packaging to bake and shrink the plastic.

Step 4: If desired, apply white permanent vinyl to the back side of the plastic to make the colors pop. We used the glossy side for the front and the matte side for the back.

Step 5: Use super glue to attach alligator clips to the back of each clip. Let dry completely.

Can you even believe how cute these are? And think of the possibilities – you could do any pattern, any color, and any shape! And they could not be easier to make.

Happy making!

xo, Sam

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