by Sharon Tidwell

Slip a stamped piece of Polyshrink into a glass ball ornament and create a beautiful decor item.


  • Markers and/or Ink Pads

  • Shrinky Dink brand paper (frosted rough & ready used here)

  • Thread

  • Image Stamp

  • Glue Dots

  • 1/8” Circle Punch

  • Paper Piercing Tool

  • Glass Ornament

  • Preheated oven (325 degrees)


  1. Step 1

    Color directly on stamp with markers.

  2. Step 2

    Huff (breathe on image to re-moisten ink) and stamp onto the rough side of shrink plastic.

    Stamp an outline image, then apply color.

  3. Step 3

    Trim image as needed. Here, paper was precut using the Cricut Storybook cartridge.

    Punch a hole at the top center of the piece.

  4. Step 4

    Slip a piece of thread through the punched hole and tie.

    Cut the thread short at the image, and leave the other end long so it can dangle out of the ornament.

  5. Step 5

    Carefully roll the shrink plastic, shiny side in, being careful not to crack the plastic.

    Slide the tube into the glass ornament.

  6. Step 6

    Use glue dots to adhere the string of the images to the bulb, so they dangle.

  7. Step 6

    Rest the ornament on a cookie sheet and bake for about 3 minutes at 325 degrees.

    The image will shrink, curl, then flatten. When it has flattened, it is ready. Let cool.

  8. Step 7

    Add embellishments and finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Wonderment. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I not sure what shrink plastic is? Where can you buy it?
carolyn  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 4:36 PM
yup!!! my sisser is one very talented mom!
very impressed with this one!
Gypsy2000  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 5:29 PM

How cool is that! Miss Tutorial! You'll have to do a 'hands on' for us! What a cute idea -

Barb  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 6:30 PM
OMG! I LOVE this!!! I am so doing a class with this technique! Thanks for being so brilliant!
Randi  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 6:54 PM
This is an act of genius! What a GREAT idea.
Karla Reader  |  Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 7:57 AM
What a fresh approach for the ornaments! Love this idea for our ornament swap with the family!
Juanita Davis  |  Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM
What a grea idea, can't wait to try it. Thank you. Love SonShine
SonShine  |  Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 11:28 PM

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