Can you believe I made these toppers from shrink plastic? I’ve never played with shrink plastic before, but now I’m hooked! The best part about these toppers, is that they are reusable. You could keep them forever, reusing them time and time again. My husband actually thought I had bought these toppers because the plastic looks THAT good. It’s crazy cool that a sheet of something that seems like paper can turn magically into plastic. I also loved watching the designs shrink down to size in the oven. Making these was really quite fun, and I’m already brainstorming about what I can make next with shrink plastic. But for now, here are the details on how to make these really cute shrink plastic cupcake toppers.
- Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®
- Silhouette Cutting Mat
- Silhouette Cutting Blade
- Silhouette Shrink Plastic Sheets – White
- Ink Jet Printer
- Super Glue
- Plastic Toothpicks
- Design ID #218598
Step One: Prepare the Designs
1. Locate the Halloween Stickers design (Design ID #218598) in your Silhouette Studio® library and open it. Size the designs about 3 times bigger than you want the finished products to be. I wanted my toppers just over an inch in size, so I sized all my designs to about 3.5 inches tall.
2. Turn on the registration marks by going to the Page Setup panel and selecting your type of registration marks (you’ll probably choose Type 1 unless you are using an older Silhouette machine). Make sure the designs fit within the registration marks and don’t overlap the crosshatched areas or else your designs may not cut correctly. Then print the design to your home printer.
3. Cut the design. Since you’ve printed your design with registration marks, your design will be cut out perfectly. (Raise your hand if you LOVE Print & Cut! My hand is definitely raised.)
Step Two: Bake the Shrink Plastic
1. Bake the design according to the Silhouette Shrink Plastic directions.
2. When you pull the shrink plastic out of the oven, make sure to press the plastic down with a flat tool to make sure the design stays flat as it cools. (Tip: It may be a good idea to cook one shrink plastic piece at a time so that you have time to flatten each piece before it cools.)
Step Three: Assemble the Project
1. Super glue white plastic toothpicks to the backs of the shrink plastic toppers. The white plastic toothpicks take these toppers to the next level and really them look store bought.
2. Stick these beauties into your next spookily delicious dessert!