I said on Saturday what a great craft kit I thought this was…
Bake it, Shrink it, Cupcake Charms.
Did you ever put crisp packets in the oven as a child to shrink them? I asked a few others who looked at me blankly so maybe it was just me and my wacky chums. Baked on a low temp for a few seconds they shrink to miniature (albeit crinkly) versions of themselves which we used to put on necklaces and think we were ever so cool!
This set is basically a more controlled and far more effective version of the same…
The set comes with 20 plastic cupcake shapes with pre-printed designs which you colour in on the rough side with pencils. Four pencils are included but we used our own too for a bigger variety of colour.
Once coloured in you pop them onto tin foil on a baking tray and into the oven at 160 degrees. Within 30 seconds, they curl up and then re-flatten, shrinking into minature versions of themselves.
Madam loved watching them curl and shrink and was wowed by result, the colours are much brighter after baking and they are thicker and feel like perspex. Once finished they can be made into earrings, bracelets and keychains and when being worn, displayed on the 5in cupcake stand. The jump-rings are a little fiddly to get on, luckily I have tiny jewellery making pliers but I’m sure a pair of tweezers would work well too.
With parties in mind recently I think these would make a great and affordable activity for a little girl’s tea party, they could all colour them in and then be sent home with a pretty charm.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these to a friend and am considering buying some as present’s for friend’s little girls. They are easy to do and get impressive results. They don’t take too long but colouring 20 of them still makes them worth the £10.00 price tag and 20 is a great number of items for any craft kit to create.