St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon and to celebrate, we are having a week long rainbow craft-a-thon here on The Treetopia Blog. Watch out for my Treetopia Colorburst Wreath here on Friday! Today’s DIY is all about unicorns, coloring books, jean jackets, and duh – rainbows.
This project was inspired by Hello Happiness: An Adult Coloring Book to Live Your Happily Ever After by artist Kim Geiser. I’m giving away a copy over on my blog jenniferperkins.com. Immediately, I thought these uplifting quotes and adorable graphics needed to be brought outside the pages, and shared with the world! Always one to improve my pin game, a brooch seemed the way to go.
Making coloring book pages wearable is easier than you might think (this is also making me think of making them into Christmas tree ornaments). The first thing I did was print out a few of my favorite images from Hello Happiness. I placed the printed sheets of paper underneath a piece of Shrinky Dinks paper, then outlined the design using a Sharpie marker. From there, all that was left was the fun part – coloring. Most shrink plastics recommend using map pencils.
The next step is cutting out your design. Remember, if you want your pin larger or smaller, adjust the size print you make to trace. Now is the time to punch a hole, if you plan to make your Shrinky Dinks into a backpack charm or necklace.
Follow the manufacturers instructions for ‘cooking’ your Shrinky Dinks. I made mine in a toaster oven on a sheet of tinfoil. Once your design has cooled, you can either add a clear protective coat or back it in craft felt.
Add a pin back and this bad boy is ready for your jean jacket. So easy and so cute. Hello Happiness has so many fun designs you are going to want to make enough flair for all your friends and family.
Backpack charms more your speed? Stop by my blog for more. Please keep stopping by this week as I’ll be sharing something fun and rainbow themed every day, as we get closer and closer to St. Patrick’s Day.by