As each year passes and my children get older, I am constantly reminded that it goes by FAST. The school years bring less and less artwork and stories to remind me of each child at that age. Schedules are mandates rather than maybes and the days whiz by with screeching tires in different sports’ parking lots with sandwiches and apple slices (or fast food-let’s be honest) are hucked from row to row. I wanted to capture a glimpse of my kids each year for the Christmas tree to remind me of who they used to be.
So…the Shrinky Dinks that played such a part of my youth made a re-appearance.
I bought a pack of Shrinky Dink paper and cut each sheet in half. Each kid was given two sheets to create their self-portrait masterpieces. My only rule was that it had to be of them and representative of their lives that year. It was amazing to see what my kids came up with. I took my single hole puncher and put a hole in either upper corner to put string in for hanging on the tree later (you could do one in the center and use a metal hook) and put them in the oven per the package instructions.
Listening to my kids ooh and ahh as they watched their faces shrink down was just as fun as when I watched my own creations turn into miniature pieces of art.
- Shrinky Dinks (I recommend the Frosted Puff and Ready Style)
- Hole Puncher
- String/ Ornament hanger
- Oven , pre-heated to …..
Below you can view last year’s final creations-this year is yet to come!
Music Played: Darius Rucker – Home for Christmas
Drink of Choice: Hot chocolate with Marshmallows for the entire crew!