Shrink-it Bookmarks

from week of 8/16/98

Design and Instructions by Diana Trupiano

This is a new twist on an old idea. Using the Shrink-it makes a very sturdy bookmark, that will last for years. These were all made with opaque Shrink-it, but clear can be used for a more stained glass look.


Pattern (see below)

Aleene's Shrink-it plastic in clear or opaque

Colored Pencils, Aleene's Premium Coat Acrylic Paints, Permanent Markers or Paint Pens

Permanent marker in black, sharp point

Fine sand paper

Decorative edged scissors

Decorative hole punch

Round hole punches in varrying sizes

Regular scissors

Baby powder


Glitter, ribbons, etc. to decorate


  1. Lay Shrink-it sheet over pattern, trace and cut out. Use decorative scissors only on solid end, if desired.

  2. Sand any area to be colored with pencil or paint. Color in design, if desired, or wait until after shrinking to paint.

  3. Add lettering with permanent pen, on end design or center tongue.

  4. Heat oven or toaster oven to 265. Sprinkle a generous amount of baby powder on an oven safe tray. Lay shrink-it cut out on powder. Put in oven.

  5. Wait until item is shrunk and completely flat before removing from oven. This may take a few minutes. Be patient! Oven temperatures vary, and it may take longer than you think. The cut out must be completely flat! Let cool completely before handling.

  6. Wipe off all powder.

  7. Decorate as desired, with paint, glitter, ribbons, etc.

The bookmarks pictured were finished as follows:

Apple and Rainbow Heart - Colored pencil, applied prior to baking.

Book Worm - Permanent marker on opaque Shrink-it, prior to baking.

Scalloped Heart - Opaque Shrink-it, cut with scalloped scissors and hole punched around edge and in center, prior to baking. Ribbon threaded through center holes after baking.

Star - Painted after baking with Aleene's Acrylic in Gold, and accented with a silver paint pen.

**All lettering was done PRIOR to baking, with a black permanent marker.

As always, to print these patterns in correct size, you must have your display set to the Windows95 default setting of 96 ppi (pixels per inch).


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