Have you heard of zentangle? It’s kinda like doodling but with a bit of structure and patterns (that’s a totally un-official definition that I just made up). I’ve seen some really complicated and impressive zentangle projects around Pinterest lately. There might be very specific rules about *how* to zentangle, but I wanted to create a beginner level project that has the feel of zentangle without the tediousness of it.
Ever a fan of Shrinky Dink and instant gratification projects, I put together these cute little keychains in about 20 minutes. You could also use them as zipper pulls, necklace pendants or wine glass charms!
- Shrinky Dink (or other shrink plastic)- about $1 per sheet
- permanent marker- on hand
- hole punch- on hand
- key ring- on hand
- oven and baking sheet- on hand
- electronic cutting machine- totally optional
Total: $1 and up
- Create desired shape of shrink plastic. Remember that your project will shrink about 45% once you bake it. You can either use a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine or trace the letter/shape and cut by hand.
- Punch a hole in the shape. This is where the keyring/necklace will go.
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
- Draw zentangle pattern using permanent marker. You can be as complicated or simple in your doodling as you’d like. Use several colors for an even more interesting appearance!
- Place shrink plastic on a baking sheet. You may want to put a piece of parchment or foil or cardboard underneath, though this is optional.
- Bake shrink plastic for 3-5 minutes. Keep your eye on the project the entire time. Don’t freak out when it starts to curl up- I promise it’ll sort itself out! Once it has finished shrinking and uncurling, remove it from the oven. You may want to put a glass on top of the plastic for just a minute as it cools down if it’s still a bit curved. The glass will flatten it out entirely.
- Attach keyring/necklace.
Get the kids in on the zentagle fun and let them create their own designs! These would be so cute dangling from backpacks or lunch bags too!