How to Make Love Anthem Shrink Plastic Pins

by Justine P

Wear your favorite love ballads and heartbreak anthems this Valentine's Day with DIY shrink plastic pins!


  • white shrink plastic
  • 320 grit sandpaper (any light grit)
  • thin black Sharpie
  • scissors
  • colored pencils
  • thin piece of cardboard (or parchment paper))
  • toaster oven
  • jewelry pins
  • E6000 glue
  • optional: bobby pins
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your materials.

    Step 2

    Lightly use abrasive paper to evenly roughen up the surface of the shrink plastic. This will allow the colored pencil pigment to stick to the plastic.

    Step 3

    Draw or trace a heart on your sanded shrink plastic with a thin black Sharpie. Most shrink plastic will shrink up to 50% but make a practice piece to experiment with sizing.

    Step 4

    Cut out your heart shape with scissors.

    Step 5

    Color in your heart with colored pencils. Keep in mind that the colors will become darker once your piece has shrunk.

    Step 6

    Use a thin black Sharpie to add desired love song titles or lyrics to your heart.

    Step 7

    Repeat steps 2-7.

    Step 8

    Put your hearts on medium cardboard or parchment paper and into a toaster oven at 325°F for 1-2 minutes.

    Step 9

    Step 10

    Remove shrink plastic pieces from the toaster oven and let your creations cool.

    Step 11

    Gather your jewelry pins, E6000 glue, and shrink plastic pieces to assemble your pins.

    Step 12

    Apply a small amount of E6000 to the back of a pin.

    Step 13

    Place and press the pin onto the back of your shrink plastic piece to secure it.

    Step 14

    Let your pins dry for at least a few hours.

    Step 15

    Wear your pins everywhere!