DIY Photo Tie Tacks
You may have seen this teaser on Instagram this morning. Well, here’s the follow up!
I don’t know exactly why it is, but Father’s Day makes me think of ties. Now, when I was growing up, that was a totally useless association since my dad hardly ever wore ties, but for my kids’ dad (you know, my hubby!), the association is perfect. My handsome man wears ties five days a week. So getting a tie would be just fine. And what would be just finer for my tie-wearing man are tie tacks made just for him!
So these are basically glorified shrinky dinks. But glorified they certainly are. I followed the tutorial I found here, but I’m going to give you a quick run down and add some tips that I found out through trial and error.
DIY Photo Tie Tacks
What You’ll Need
Tie Tacks (I got mine from my craft store in the jewelry section)
Shrinky Dink Inkjet Paper (I used clear)
First, the photos. Take lots of them so you can score at least one good one. Then edit them. I found that I had to lighten up my photos drastically to make them look good once shrunken. See, whatever you print, inkwise, will still be on there when it gets smaller. So the ink gets more concentrated. So to not end up with black tie tacks (which I made at first), you need incredibly light photos. Check out my original versus the one that actually worked for me.
Also, be aware of size. My square photo started at 2 1/2 inches and ended up at 3/4 inch. My husband said he would have preferred them to be a little smaller, so just scale them to how you like. It may take a little trial and error, though.
And when you go to make these, make sure you’re not doing it on an extremely humid and hot day like I was (since we have no central air). I won’t even tell you how many pictures looked so beautiful right after they were printed only to be come runny messes in the time I waited for the ink to dry. It was incredibly frustrating and sad. So do it in a cool room. Save you tears.
Once the ink is dry, you are going to cut them out carefully. I found that straight edges were so much easier to cut, but also so much easier to get a wonky line once they were shrunken. So just play with it and pray. That’s what I did. In the end, I was able to get some good one.
Then bake. I highly recommend watching them shrink through your oven window. It was kinda frightening to see them shrivel but also really cool, too. Don’t miss out on this part. Also, it’ll help you not to overbake and thus burn your beautiful creations.
Then you glue the tack on the back. I also made some keychains, but just keep in mind that you need to punch a hole before you bake.
And there you have it! A cute and useful keepsake gift for the dad in your life.