DIY Camp Ivanhoe pin - Kittenhood

DIY Camp Ivanhoe pin

DIY Camp Ivanhoe pin - Kittenhood

Wes Anderson enthusiasts will remember Camp Ivanhoe, the Scouts summer camp that Sam is attending. If not, here‘s a little reminder. Now that we’ve settled that, let’s move on to today’s tutorial, on how to make a Camp Ivanhoe shrink plastic pin. It’s so cute! Perfect for pinning to a shirt or backpack to show off your fandom! 

The cool thing about shrink plastic is that it takes the essence of a drawing and shrinks it to the perfect size. You don’t have to be an illustrator for that, and you don’t need any fancy paints or colors. During the shrinking process, the colors intensify, making even colored pencils look sharp and bright. Moreover, I’ve made a free printable for you to just copy on shrink plastic, bake, and wear!

DIY Camp Ivanhoe pin - Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • transparent shrink plastic (a quarter of an A4 foil per pin)
  • free printable 
  • color printer
  • scissors
  • colored pencils 
  • oven 
  • felt scraps 
  • strong glue 
  • pin back 

DIY Camp Ivanhoe pin - Kittenhood

Print the pdf file above on a sheet of A4 paper, in color. The design is already mirrored. Place the paper underneath your shrink foil. 

Start tracing the design on the rough side of the shrink foil, using colored pencils. You need red, yellow, green, blue, black and brown. Be careful not to move the paper or the foil while tracing the design. Copy and color all the elements and don’t worry if they’re not very visible – the colors get brighter in the shrinking process! 

Cut out the circle and place it on a baking sheet in the oven. The shrink foil I used required baking at 120 degrees Celsius for 3-4 minutes. The plastic will curl at first but don’t despair, it will straighten itself out with enough heat. The final pin will be about three times smaller than the original design (see the photo above for side by side comparison). 

Cut out a piece of felt the same size as your final pin and glue it to the back. Then glue the pin back, making sure to place it in the proper position (central or slightly to the top of the pin). There you go – the camping may begin! Or the Moonrise Kingdom watching… 

DIY Camp Ivanhoe pin - Kittenhood