So I guess shrinking plastic is an oldie but a goodie craft, but I myself have never used it let alone heard of it until Silhouette created their own brand of Shrink Plastic Sheets. I guess I’ve been living under a rock or something because this stuff is amazing!
- Silhouette CAMEO®
- Silhouette Shrink Plastic Sheets (white)
- Metal Baking Sheet
- Wax Paper
- Embroidery Hoop
- Various Yarns And Trims
- Hot Glue Gun
First off, I had to choose my designs for my boho baby mobile and lucky for me Silhouette Studio® has thousands of beautiful “Print & Cut” files. So to keep with the hippie vibe I picked a cute feather by American Crafts (Design ID #183178) and of course some adorable cactus tags by Amy Robison (Design ID #181693).
Remember these will shrink significantly ,so you want them to be large so it’s okay to use multiple sheets to spread out the designs. Don’t forget to turn on your registration marks before you print the sheets on your printer.
If you’re new to the “Print & Cut” feature you can also click here for a step by step instructions.
Once you have your shrink plastic sheets printed, place it onto your cutting mat, and load it onto your Silhouette CAMEO®.
Shrink plastic should be on your material list on your Cut Settings and if you don’t see it then it’s time to update your software. I also ‘Double Cut’ my design. (Actually, I double cut every project I run through my Silhouette machine, just to make sure.)
The instructions say to preheat your oven at 325 degrees. Although it doesn’t say you have to put wax paper on your baking pan, it was my personal preference. It really does not take long for them to shrink so make sure you stay and watch so you don’t burn your design. You can find all the baking instructions on the Silhouette Shrink Plastic package.
Once it shrinks down to size, the graphics are much sharper and the colors are more vibrant. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.