Custom Shrink Paper Buttons!

I was surfing the other day and came across this tutorial on Scissors Paper Wok.

I immediately thought this was a perfect idea for making custom buttons to match my mini albums. So I found some Shrinky Dink paper (frosted) at Michaels and decided to give it a whirl!

I punched a circle using a 2" circle punch, and then punched the holes with a standard size hole punch. I traced over parts of a stamp I have, then colored the image in with my Copic markers. (You should use alcohol based markers, or you can use colored pencils as well). I used my heat tool (Martha Stewart's heat gun for embossing powder), and got great results. I did have to try twice, however, because the first time it folded in on itself because I forgot to use something to gently hold it flat. (It's easier in the oven, apparently, to keep the items flat but I would rather be able to make one-off buttons as needed).

Here, you can see the comparison between the cut out and the finished button. It goes from a flat, larger piece of plastic to a small, thick, hard plastic "button." The finished piece is approximately 7/8" in diameter and 1/16" thick.


  1. That is beyond clever. I love it.

  2. Thanks for the description and the picture.... seeing the comparison of before and after is super.

  3. I saw the same tutorial, I just ordered my punch and markers and I can't wait to get started, I love shrinky dinks and I love buttons, it seems like a match made in heaven!
    Your design is very cute!

  4. I haven't done these since I was a kid! I guess I didn't realize I could still purchase the paper! Thanks for reminding me of something so fun to do.

  5. from what I have read, you can also use some of the plaatic containers such as the ones strawberries come in. There is a certain number to
    look for- I think it is 6. you could google it. but you just jave to sand it to get the rough finish. imagine- free shrinky dink plastic!!