How to Print Onto Shrink Plastic

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Shrink plastic might be found in the kids section of the craft store, but that doesn't mean that only kids can enjoy using it for craft projects. Use shrink plastic with your inkjet printer to print and shrink family pictures, your favourite quotes or even digitally created scrapbook pages. Turn these printed documents into jewellery, key chains or even a mobile for baby's room. Don't leave your kids out of the fun. Help them create gifts for loved ones with inkjet shrink plastic.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Create the image or word document you want to print on the shrink plastic. Make the size of the document about three times as large as you want the shrunken piece to be.

  2. 2

    Test print the document on regular printer paper. Make any necessary adjustments and test print again. Keep adjusting and printing until you are happy with the result.

  3. 3

    Remove the printer paper from the printer and load the printer with a shrink plastic sheet. Load the sheet so the image will print on the rough side, not the smooth side. Print the document once again, this time onto the shrink plastic. Let the piece of plastic sit there for five to 10 minutes to allow time for the ink to dry completely before touching it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can safely test if the ink is dry on the plastic sheet by covering a small area with a scrap of paper and lightly pressing. Lift the paper straight up and check to see if any ink transferred onto the paper.
  • Print pictures of family and friends onto shrink plastic to use in jewellery making.
  • Remember that the colour of the image will intensify considerably during the shrinking process.

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