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Easy Shrinky Dink Keychain with Coloring Pages

What do you do when your coloring page is done? Make something! Here’s a tutorial to turn those pages into Shrinky Dink keychains!

Easy Shrinky Dink Keychain with Coloring Pages

Adult coloring is a huge trend right now. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do. I really enjoy it, but I feel the same way about it as I do with puzzles. You spend all of that time on it, and then what?

I decided that I was going to make something new out of one of my masterpieces and came up with these fun Shrinky Dink keychains. They are a great way to use those coloring pages.

DIY Shrinky Dink Keychain

DIY Shrinky Dink Keychain

Supplies needed:

  • Inkjet printable shrink film (Shrinky Dinks)
  • Colored pencils
  • Finished coloring page – I used some free printable coloring pages found here and here, but you can also use any pages from your favorite coloring book. You can find more free coloring pages here.
  • Scanner and printer
  • Parchment paper
  • Acrylic sealer (optional)
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (optional)
  • Ball chain and connector
Shrinky Dink keychain supplies

You are going to need a little bit of technical knowledge so you can scan, resize, and change the saturation (color) of your image. I will try to walk you through it.

You should be able to do this with any image editing program, but I’ll show you how to do it using a free program called Paint.NET. Scan in your coloring page, open it, and go to adjustments – Hue/Saturation.

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Change the lightness to 50 to make the colors more washed out. When you shrink the image, the colors will darken, so you want to start lighter.

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If you trust yourself to resize the image in your photo editing program, go ahead and do that. You want it to be about 3-4 inches wide.

If not, go ahead and save it as a JPEG image. When you go to print it, you can select 3.5 x 5 and print up to four on a page.

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Depending on your printer, the colors will turn out a little different than what you colored. My blues came out much darker than what I colored, but it still looked okay.

What do you do when your coloring page is done? Make something! Here's a tutorial to turn those pages into Shrinky Dink keychains!

Cut around the outside of the design, leaving a small part on top to punch a hole.

What do you do when your coloring page is done? Make something! Here's a tutorial to turn those pages into Shrinky Dink keychains!

Punch a hole in the top of the design. When it shrinks, the hole won’t be large enough for the chain to go through. Make it larger by punching partial holes around the original hole.

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and put the design on top of it. Put another piece of parchment paper on top of the design. Preheat the oven and bake according to the package instructions.

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Use a spatula to make sure the shape stays flat until it cools a little.

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Now, you can be done at this point with the design, but I decided to add a coat of Dimensional Magic to it. Seal the ink with a spray acrylic sealer first and let it dry.

What do you do when your coloring page is done? Make something! Here's a tutorial to turn those pages into Shrinky Dink keychains!

Squeeze a coat of Dimensional Magic all over the top of the design, avoiding the hole. This stuff is pretty cool. It adds a raised, clear coat over the top of the surface.

The bottle says to let it dry for three hours, but I would let it set at least overnight before handling.

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Cut a piece of ball chain and thread it through the hole to finish off the keychain.

Shrinky Dinks keychain

Now I get to look at the pretty design that I colored and have a little reminder on my keys that “Today is going to be awesome!”

Yield: 2 keychains

Shrinky Dink Keychain

DIY Shrinky Dink Keychain

Learn to make Shrinky Dink keychains using finished coloring pages! This is easy enough for kids and fun for adults.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

Tools

  • Scanner and printer
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Scan a finished coloring page into your computer in full color.
  2. Either resize the image to approximately 3 - 4 inches wide using a photo editing program, or save it as a JPEG and print to the correct size.
  3. Cut around the outside of the design, leaving a small part on top to punch a hole.
  4. Punch a hole in the top of the design. When it shrinks, the hole won’t be large enough for the chain to go through. Make it larger by punching partial holes around the original hole.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and put the design on top of it. Put another piece of parchment paper on top of the design. Preheat the oven and bake according to the package instructions.
  6. Use a spatula to make sure the shape stays flat until it cools a little.
  7. Seal the ink with a spray acrylic sealer and let it dry.
  8. Squeeze a coat of Dimensional Magic all over the top of the design, avoiding the hole. Let dry 12 hours or until completely clear.
  9. Cut a piece of ball chain and thread it through the hole to finish off the keychain.

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I love my Shrinky Dink keychains, and am already thinking about how I could make more with additional designs.

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Liz berg

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Since you use Lisa Congdon's work in this example don't you feel it would be appropriate to give her acknowledgement in your first sentence or two?

Amy

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Lisa's work isn't featured here - the artist is Valentina Harper and she's given credit at the end of the post.

yamini

Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Great idea! Now I'm gonna have to order a colour book first. Any recommendations? :)

Amy

Wednesday 30th of March 2016

Yes! Here are a few: https://diycandy.com/2015/11/top-20-adult-coloring-books/ https://diycandy.com/2016/01/10-animal-coloring-books-for-grown-ups/

Enjoy!

dOROTHY

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

wHAT NEAT IDEAS! i WILL BE TRYING SEVERAL OF THEM.