Handmade Holidays 2014: instagram shrinky dink magnets


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Welcome to day 2 of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

This past year I’ve become a total instagram junkie. It’s my first thing in the morning internet app. What better way to wake up than looking at pretty pictures while drinking coffee? It’s also fun to share photos that don’t have a place on this blog. And this past year I’ve shared a lot. So I thought it would be fun to turn some of these pics into holiday gifts.

 I love these instagram magnets because they can be so personal and thoughtful, the supplies are easy to find in your local craft store, and they take less than an hour to make. If your holidays are as hectic as mine, fast is a big plus!

instagram magnets

instagram shrinky dink magnets


  • shrinky dink paper for ink jet printers
  • instagram account or photos from another source
  • scissors
  • baking sheet for oven
  • parchment paper
  • stick-able magnets

instagram magnets

  First, you need to get the photos from your instagram feed.  There’s lots of ways to do this. Here’s two:

 1. You may already have them in the camera roll of your smartphone.  In the instagram app, click on your profile (bottom right bottom that looks like an old radio). In your profile, click the little blue sun/wheel in the top right corner. Scroll down to “save original photos” and switch button to on.

2. If you haven’t been saving them using your instagram app, you can save them with your computer. Go to the instagram page, log in, and click on “view profile”. Once your photos come up, click on the one you want to save. Right (control for mac) click on “view background image”. Right (control) click again, rename your file and save to your desktop.

  Open your saved image in photoshop if you have it, or you can get picmonkey, which is a free photo editor. (I use a mac, and had to first open my image in preview, then save as a jpeg to open it in photoshop).

Once baked, your magnets will be  slightly bigger than one third of the printed size. I size my photos to 5.25 inches square in photoshop (do this in Image>Image Size), so they’ll be just about 2 inches square baked. Sounds good. That way I can also fit 2 photos per sheet of paper. I also increased my resolution in Image Size to 300 dpi.

instagram magnets

 I added a border to some of my photos. To do this in photoshop, Select>All. Then Select>Modify>Border> 30 pixels. Paint in your border (I used black).

*IMPORTANT* Once your photo is ready, you need to lighten it or they will be too dark when shrunk! I did this by going to Image>Adjust>Brightness and bringing it to between 75 and 100, depending on the photo. You want it to look washed out but still show details.

Once you have all your images ready, print them onto your shrink paper.  Set your printer to high quality printing, photo paper (matte if possible) and best print mode. Trim the paper to your photo borders.

instagram magnets

Place parchment paper on baking sheet and put trimmed photo on top of parchment paper. Put into a 275-°300 oven for 3-5 minutes. Watch your photos! When they have curled and re-flattened, give them 30 more seconds, then take out of the oven and smooth the top with a clean piece of paper til cool. Let cool completely then stick magnet to the back. Done!

instagram magnets

TIPS: the shrinky dink paper I used can be printed on both sides, and when cooked becomes opaque, so if you change your mind about a print, just print on the other side.

A few of my magnets curled up in the oven and refused to go flat, so buy more paper than you think you need, just in case.

Oven temperature seemed to be a big factor in how well these shrunk.  The sweet spot for my oven was 290°.  So do a little experimenting one magnet at a time.

Some of my magnets cooked into rhombuses instead of perfect squares.

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??
Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!


Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies 

Neat and Tangled 

ICE Resin   ‎

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main 

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin – Jen Cushman   ‎

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Graphic 45 – Andrew Roberts

Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

Cori Warner – The Flying C

Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer 

Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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