How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

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How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

When a new movie comes out, my family enjoys spending time together having a movie night filled with snacks, activities, and of course, watching the movie together. The How to Train Your Dragon series has been one of our favorites, and after seeing this last movie, I'll admit it's a little bittersweet seeing the series come to an end. To celebrate the DVD release of How to Train Your Dragon 3, we decided to make some How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms that can be made while watching the movie at home!

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

One of our favorite things about How To Train Your Dragon 3 is seeing how strong the bond is between Hiccup and Toothless. Now that the characters are older, the movie also shares a message about growing up and learning to let go, which can be a tough thing for all of us. Along with the How To Train Your Dragon 3 movie, we also found a ton of How To Train Your Dragon toys of our favorite characters, like Toothless, Hiccup, and Astrid! We also found a super fun How To Train Your Dragon shirt with images of our favorite dragons my daughter says will remind her "that dragons are real!"

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

My daughter's favorite part in the movie is when Toothless is trying to impress the Light Fury, so it was a fun surprise to bring home the How To Train Your Dragon 3 Walmart Exclusive DVD Gift Set that includes 2 Funko keychains of Toothless and the NEW female Light Fury dragon character! Be sure to head to Walmart and purchase this new How to Train Your Dragon 3 Walmart Exclusive DVD Gift Set today before they are all gone!

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

To make your own How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms, you'll need these supplies:

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Download the How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charm Template and print it out on regular copy paper. Place a piece of shrink paper on top of the print and clip both papers to a clipboard so they won't shift.

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How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Use a permanent marker to trace the How to Train Your Dragon images onto the textured sides of the shrink paper.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Color in the eyes of the dragons: green for Toothless, and a light blue for the Light Fury. Or, you can change the colors to make your own custom dragon! Don't worry about coloring in the dragon faces (yet).

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Carefully cut out the shrink paper drawings. Make sure to leave space around the drawing as you cut it out, and don't cut into the space between the ears/horns. To prevent having any sharp edges, try your best to round out any corners (especially on the Toothless tail).

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Use a hole punch to cut a circle in in between the dragon ears/horns if you want to make the shrink drawing into a charm.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Lay the shrink charms marker-side up on a baking sheet lined with medium weight cardboard, teflon sheet, parchment paper, brown paper bag, or vellum. Do not bake on metal or stoneware, otherwise the shrinks will stick. Bake at 300º-350º for 2-3 minutes until flat or the shrinking has stopped. Every oven works a little differently, so I recommend testing a piece of the shrink paper before baking your charms.

This is the most exciting part, so turn on the oven light and grab a seat! As the shrink paper heats up, the designs will start to move and curl as they shrink down in size. Important: Do not panic or open the oven when they start curling up! They will flatten back out as they shrink. When they come out of the oven, they will be pliable for a few seconds. If you need to flatten them out, use these valuable few seconds to immediately press them down with the flat bottom of a glass or an untextured spatula. Caution: they will be very HOT!

The larger Night/Light Fury charms shrunk to about 1 7/8" x 1 5/8", and the smaller charms are about 1 1/8" x 1". The Toothless tail charm is about 1 3/4" x 1 7/8".

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Once the shrink charms have completely cooled, cover the marker side with clear sealant to keep it from rubbing off or smudging.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Turn the dragon charms over and paint over the dragon face, using white acrylic paint for the Light Fury, and a dark gray or silver for the Night Fury. If you use black paint, you will lose a lot of the drawn marker details. When painting the Night Fury, make sure to use white paint over the eyes to make the color pop! Again, feel free to change the colors completely to make your own custom dragon!

You will need to paint 2-3 coats of paint for complete coverage. It's also important to mention that each coat needs to dry completely before adding another. If not, the paint just peels off or will leave streaks that can be seen through the other side.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

Once the paint is dry, give it a coat of clear sealant for an extra layer of protection, especially if the charms will be used for keychains or jewelry where they will be handled often.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

The larger charms are the perfect size for keychains! Add a jump ring through the hole of the charm, and link it to a keychain. I love using both traditional split rings and lobster clasps for homemade keychains!

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

The smaller charms are a great size for creating a zipper pull on jackets, backpacks and purses. All you need to do is thread a jump ring through the hole in the charm and attach it to whatever zipper you want. If you put the charms on clothing, I would recommend removing the charms before washing.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

To make your own How to Train Your Dragon jewelry, just thread a chain through the jump ring! How cute would a custom How to Train Your Dragon charm bracelet be?!

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

These shrink charms are addictively fun to make, and kids of all ages can participate! These are such a fun movie night activity, and would be a simple party craft that your guests are sure to love.

How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

We have had so much fun making these charms while watching How to Train Your Dragon 3. My daughter is currently making plans to create more charms of all of the characters in the movie, especially of Astrid and Hiccup!

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How to Train Your Dragon Shrink Charms

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