When we first moved to Seattle, I bought Dexter a Seattle Seahawks baseball cap. It was the cutest little hat. I, of course, posted a picture of him wearing it on Facebook, because something that cute needs to be shared. My father-in-law, a die hard Michigan fan, of course jumped my case telling me his grandson couldn't be seen wearing a Seahawks hat. My retort was, "I didn't know you liked baseball."
You can imagine his total HORROR with me when I said that. He then informed me that the Seahawks were not a baseball team, but a football team.
My answer to that was, "Well, then why is it on a BASEBALL cap?"
I had a point...right?
Anyway, since then, I have been well informed on sports teams and team names in Seattle. Last February when the Seahawks went to the Superbowl, the crazy amount of team spirit filled our city. Buildings hung huge 12s from the sides and lights were changed from plain white to blue and green. Seahawks gear was sold out everywhere and you could tell why, everyone you walked by was wearing something Hawks related. Heck, I even fell into the spirit and bought the kids shirts and made necklaces and earrings to support our team. It was hard not to catch the fever.
So with football season just around the corner, I knew I needed to start early on supporting our team.
Shrinky Dink plastic
Scissors or a Silhouette
For months now, I have been playing around with shrinky dinks, you know that plastic that you color and make fun shapes and then put them in the oven and they shrink down to like 60% of their original size? Well, I've been not only playing with it to make my own fun things, but I have figured out a way to use shrinky dink materials in my Silhouette.
The settings on your machine should be 9 for blade depth and I also did a double cut on it. It still doesn't cut all the way through, BUT it cuts almost all the way through and shrinky dink plastic is thin enough that you can carefully pop it out.
Yea you heard me correctly...I put shrinky dink sheets in my Silhouette and make charms and shapes to use as necklace charms and key chains. Did I just blow your mind? I hope so, because I have been working on this for months and when I finally got the perfect combination it blew my mind.
In the case of these super cool Seahawks charms, I found a picture of a shirt and traced it. Then I made it into a few different sizes because I wasn't sure what size I wanted my final product to be. I also tried running the shrinky dink material through my printer so that I could just do a print and cut, but I was having difficulties getting my printer to like the size of my shrinky dink sheets.
Instead I ended up just tracing a 12 onto the shrinky dink paper and coloring them in with a sharpie. I tried using a white sheet and the frosted and I have decided that using the frosted is not only more appealing as you all told me on Facebook, but it's also easier to use, meaning the sharpies work better on the rough side of the frosted sheets.
So, once I had my shirts cut out, I colored 12s on them and then put them in the oven. Even as an adult I find the act of watching shrinky dinks in the oven to be so much fun! Watch it, you'll agree!
Which ones do you like more? The frosted or the white?
To make your own shrinky dink earrings, you can download this free shape!