Today I am going to share with you a neat craft project I found on the interwebs a few years ago. You know the clear plastic lids from the goodies you get at your store bakery? From pre-cut salad and fruit trays? Strawberry cartons? Look for the tiny triangular recycling symbol, save the #6 ones, and come along with me.
I have chosen the lid from a 13x9 cinnamon roll tray. You are going to need a baking sheet, parchment paper, a hole puncher (making holes is optional), scissors, permanent markers, and your imagination. To maximize how much you can make with one lid, you'll want to soak any labels, and as gently as possible, remove adhesive with rubbing alcohol or Goo-Gone.
So I started with these discs, and punched holes in the tops. On the last two my puncher started getting dull. Drat!
I made different designs on each pair with some sharpie markers, doing one color on each side of the plastic. Red/orange, Green/Teal, Magenta/Purple. If you want to use colored pencil, roughen the surface of the plastic with sandpaper first. What will happen when I put these in the oven, is that they will shrink and thicken, and all the color will be condensed. In the case of the colored pencil method, the abrasions will make the result white underneath the pigment, instead of clear. Now these are on a parchment lined baking sheet, and ready for the 300 degree oven. They will only bake for about 5 minutes.
They shrunk to less than half their original size. What's weird is that each pair kind of distorted the same way. Both greens bowled up, but the orange-reds stayed almost flat. The color discrepancy you see is just the difference between the lighting in my kitchen and my photo lamp, which is white light.
It's fun not knowing exactly what you're going to get! The possibilities of different kinds of doo-dads you can make are endless, as well. For these, I was thinking earrings: