Thursday, November 29, 2012

Amazing Santa List Project..must see!!

Hello Pixie Pals!!
I am so excited to share this Santa List Project with you.  I have been making these Santa lists for YEARS with my now teenagers and am LOVING it just as much with my sweet little 6 year old.  It really is a great way to preserve the memories and capture the thoughts of your little ones during the Christmas Season.
What it is, is a  "Shrinky Dink" Christmas Letter!!!

Supplies needed:
Shrinky Dink/Shrink Film type paper.
Scissors
Black Permanent marker
Ribbon or Twine
Hole Punch
Cookie Sheet
Parchment paper
Oven
and last but not least your child's Christmas list.:)

I used my 6 year old little boys list.
I sat down and created his list with him as parents usually do. 
Of course it always so fun to see the random, thoughtful and unexpected items they ask for.
I got a chuckle out of the Game for his sister, thought it was sweet to ask for something for someone else!! Anyway...back to the project.
Take your Shrinky Dink/Shrink Film type paper.
I used Grafix Shrink Film..here is where I purchased it. LINK
You only use ONE sheet for the list, so the cost is very inexpensive.  You can save the Shrink Film in your Christmas boxes and pull out a new sheet every year for the next list.:)
Over the past 10 years I have been doing this, I have found that the Grafix shrink Paper words MUCH better than the SHRINKY Dink paper.  IMHO;)
TRACE YOUR LETTER
Lay your Shrink Film on the list.
One sheet of film fits a regular piece of paper perfectly.
Take your marker and just trace the letter the BEST YOU CAN. 
Try to capture all their silly and fun writing qualities as you trace the letter.
Once it is all traced just lift it right off the "real" Santa letter....
You are now finished using the "paper Santa letter" as your guide. So you can stick that one in the mail and get it off to Santa ASAP.
REMEMBER...I ALWAYS PUT THE YEAR ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SHRINK FILM SO WE CAN DOCUMENT WHEN THAT LETTER WAS CREATED..VERY IMPORTANT!!:D
Let the marker ink dry on the Shrink Film letter for about a half hour before baking.
Then punch your hole at the top of the letter..where your hook..will be attached.  I always punch about three holes making sure they overlap...creating a BIGGER hole.  The reason for this is when it shrinks the one hole punch will be to small to get your ribbon/twine through.
READY TO BAKE YOUR LETTER!!!
Place a sheet of Parchment paper over your cookie sheet.(the Shrink Film has great directions as to HOW to get your project to shrink perfectly.
Take your sheet the traced Santa letter and place it on the parchment paper.
Place in your heated over just as the directions on your Shrink Film suggests.
Our letter shrunk in about 30 second to 1 minute.  VERY FAST!!
It is fun to watch it with your child as their letter is transformed into a keepsake ornament.
And presto...YOU HAVE a nice thick quality keepsake for your tree.

ATTACH YOUR STRING..HOOK OR RIBBON!!!
Below is my NOW 17 year old son's Christmas letter from MANY MANY YEARS AGO!!
It is always so fun to reflect back at how tiny they were and what the wanted and LOVED. A true walk down memory lane each Christmas as we decorate the tree.

It is so fun to see ALL THE Christmas Lists from the years gone by on the tree.  We really have a very personal emotional tree each year with all our magical Christmas wishes hanging on the branches.

I hope you all have enjoyed this Santa Letter tutorial.

Pixie would like to wish you all a very Blessed Christmas!!
Pixie HUGS TO YOU ALL and to ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!

1 comment:

Jan Hennings said...

What sweet letters to Santa :)