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Monday, June 23, 2014

Shrink Plastic Refrigerator Magnet Frames | Family Economics

By Cathe Holden


I have more fun playing with shrink plastic as an adult than I ever did as a kid. There are several types now available on the market that can be found in craft stores and online, including inkjet printable shrink plastic sheets to simple shrink plastic sheets that are transparent with a frosted side for tracing images, letters, and other designs. For my latest project, I wanted to craft completely freestyle. No straight-cut edges, no tracing, just freeform shapes and doodled art to create fun and whimsical refrigerator magnet frames. These frames are just right for displaying children’s school photos, a favorite quote, a note, or a reminder.

•    Scissors
•    Craft knife and cutting surface
•    One sheet of 8-x10-inch shrink plastic film
•    Fine point permanent marker (black)
•    Color Pencil(s)
•    Toaster oven or oven
•    Brown paper grocery bag
•    One sheet of card stock
•    Craft magnet
•    Adhesive: i.e. Hot glue, plastic/paper adhesive, glue dots, etc.


1.    Divide the shrink plastic sheet into quarters. Then, using scissors, cut out each quartered piece into a shape such as a wonky square, an arched shape, a circle or a simple square.

2.    Using the craft knife, trim out an inner shape leaving about a ½-inch to 5/8-inch frame border to decorate.

3.    On the frosted side of the plastic, use the fine point black marker to doodle designs around each frame.

4.    Using a white (or any other color) pencil, color in and around the doodle, careful not to color over the marker lines.

color in the doodle 

5.    Following the manufacturer instructions for the shrink plastic, bake your frames individually to shrink.

6.    Once shrunk, trace around the inner frame opening to card stock and cut out that cardstock piece just outside the line. This will create a template for cutting out your photo or other item being framed.

create a template 

7.    Trace around outer area of the frame using your craft knife to make a frame back piece. Glue the backing piece to the frame at the outer edge of the bottom and sides only, leaving an area at the top for sliding in the photo or paper.

8.    Adhere a craft magnet to the back of the cardstock backing.

9.    Trim photos or other paper piece to template size. Once all glue is dried, slide photo or paper down and into the frames and display on your refrigerator, filing cabinet or other magnetic surface.

displaying your art 

What image or item will you include in your frame?

Photos courtesy of Cathe Holden.

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On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Mama D wrote

This is a wonderful project

On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, CookieZenmilk wrote

great tutorial, very creative. love the simplicity of the artwork. thanks for sharing.


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