Ever notice how instagram’s photos are square? You can’t put them in frames without having empty space. I thought of an idea to make Instagram Polaroid Keychain frames using shrinkee dink paper. I had some paper left over from my cuff links project that I used. On the directions for shrinkee dink paper, it says to create your project 1/3rd larger than the size you want it to end up. Using my silhouette, I made a polaroid template out of cardstock (I didn’t want to dull my blade, shrinkee dink paper is quite hard or else I would have just put the shrinkee dink paper right in my Cameo).
In order for this to be a real working frame that you can insert and change out pictures in, you have to create 3 layers. The first (left) is the top layer. The second (middle) will be the middle layer- on side is cut off, this is where you can slide your Instragram photo in and out. The last layer (right) is a solid backing so your photo stays in the frame. Once my template was cut out in carstock, I taped it to my shrinkee dink paper, and used an X-acto knife to cut them out.
According to the directions on the shrinkee dink paper, pre-heat your oven to 325*. I learned from my custom cuff links project that you have to heat them on a brown paper bag and not directly on a cookie sheet. I also learned that your brown paper bag has to be crinkle free or your shrinkee dinks will form to ever crease. I do not have any brown paper bags with me, so I used a cereal box and it worked just as great if not better!
A word from the “wise” … Check on your shrinkee dinks frequently while in the oven. The directions say to bake for 1-3 minutes. Do not panic if you check on your shrinkee dinks and they are starting to shrivel. They are supposed to. You will know they are done if they have shriveled and then lay flat. You will be tempted to pull them out and try to flatten them. Resist! Once they have laid flat, bake for an addition 30 seconds before pulling them out. In my experience of shrinkee dink-ing, it take 60 seconds for them to shrivel, 15 more to lay flat, and then I add 30 seconds more after that as directed. I played with mine as soon as I pulled them out, and so some of my corners are wavy. Do not touch until they have cooled. Please learn from my mistakes 🙂
Using E-6000 glue, I glued the pieces together. I bought charm clamps at Hobby Lobby for another project that was never completed. I don’t remember how much they were but I’d guess $3 for a baggie of 6 or so. I slipped the clasp onto my frame and let the glue dry (E-6000 suggests 24 hours to dry completely). Insert your desired picture, and change it out as frequent as you want!
You can see where my waves are and that makes me sad. I repeat, do not touch your shrinkee dinks until they have cooled. Other than my wavy edges, I’m super happy with it. This is a great idea for kids’ backpacks or lunch sacks too!