Shrinky Dink Snowflake Ornaments with Cricut Explore

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These cute Shrinky Dink Snowflake Ornaments are SUPER cute and easy to make with your Cricut machine! Whip up a whole bunch of them in about 15 minutes – they make a great homemade gift idea or an adorable present topper! 

Shrinky dink snowflake ornaments and string
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A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to my newest cutting machine, the Cricut Explore Air, and I showed you how to create Easy Christmas Tea Towels (which makes a great gift idea!). Today I’m going to show you how to use the Cricut with a less conventional material to create these awesome and adorable snowflake Christmas ornaments in around 15 minutes!

snowflake svg file in cricut design space

To start, I opened up The Cricut Design Space and started a new project. The Cricut Design Space Image Library includes over 60,000+ images that you can choose from, so it’s easy to start designing your  project in no time at all! I select several snowflake designs and a Christmas tree tag that I wanted to work with, and the software inserted them into a new project document for me.

Supplies Used to Make Shrinky Dink Snowflakes:

cricut explore air dial settings

One of my favorite features of the Explore Air is the dial settings (you don’t have to worry about manually changing the blade depth or remembering which depth matches up to each material!). With the Cricut Explore Air, you simply turn the dial to select the material that you are working with, and the machine takes care of the rest – easy peasy! For this project, I set the dial to “poster board” because the shrink plastic is the same thickness.

cutting shrink plastic with cricut

The shrink plastic starts out translucent, but after shrinking becomes opaque white. The plastic shrinks by about 50%, so I made all of my snowflakes around 4-6 inches before shrinking (this meant that I was able to fit 2-3 snowflakes per 8.5 x 11 sheet of plastic).

cut snowflakes from shrinky dink plastic

The poster board setting was perfect for this thickness of the shrink plastic, and everything cut cleanly and evenly with the deep cut blade.

shrinky dink ornaments on tray

Place the plastic snowflakes onto a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 2-4 minutes at 325 degrees. The plastic will shrivel and curl up as it melts, but don’t worry – it will flatten itself back out!

Note: If you do have any pieces of plastic that curl up and stick to themselves, carefully use a toothpick to push things back into place immediately after removing from the oven. 

Shrinky dink Christmas ornaments

As you can see by the quarter that I put in there for scale, the snowflakes are MUCH smaller than they originally were, and now they’re bright white!

shrinky dink Christmas tree next to quarter for size

I couldn’t resist shrinking the leftover Christmas tree and heart-shaped pieces that were the “negative space” – they’re so cute!

snowflake shrinky dink ornaments for Christmas

I added some lengths of red and gold twine to the snowflake ornaments, and they were ready to hang. SO quick and easy!

If you like this idea, don’t forget to pin it!

quick and easy diy shrinky dink snowflake ornaments

2 Comments

  1. Thank you. I think I will add a little glitter after shrinking. Each year my kids get a new ornament for their trees. This will be an easy one to do.

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