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Valentine Gift: A Real Charmer

A Real Charmer

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

This key-chain valentine seems to defy the laws of physics: as it shrinks, the love just seems to grow.


  • Colored pencils
  • Shrinkable Plastic sheet
  • Hole punch
  • Metal spatula
  • Card stock
  • Key chain
  • Scissors


  1. Following the directions on the package, use colored pencils to draw a design on a Shrinkable Plastic sheet ($5 for 10 sheets in craft stores). Cut it out. (Ours was about 3 inches wide before baking.)
  2. Punch a 1/2-inch hole at the top (to do so, we made 4 slightly overlapping holes with a standard-size hole punch), as that will shrink too.
  3. Bake as directed. If the charms curl, flatten them with a metal spatula as soon as you remove them from the oven; if necessary, reheat them briefly and flatten them again.
  4. Write your message on a small piece of card stock, punch a hole in it, and thread it onto a key chain with your charm. (You can buy ball chain at hardware stores. Simply cut it into 4-inch lengths with old scissors and add connectors.)