DIY Name Broach

Hello and Happy Thursday!!
I've been hard at work trying to find the joys of being safe at home during Covid-19. Today I'm sharing the first of many DIYs you can do with things you may already have at your house! I made this DIY Name Broach and thought it turned out so cute! Follow the directions below if you'd like to make your own!

  • Thin Clear Plastic - I used leftover Shrinky Dinks from a previous project (you can buy these at Michaels). You can also use the plastic from restaurant take out or salad bar containers!
  • Acrylic Paint - I used darker colors so that they covered the permanent marker
  • Paint Brush - The thin paint brush I used worked well!
  • Safety Pin
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step One: Draw your name in block letters. These will shrink to about 1/4 of their original size so keep that in mind while drawing. I used about half a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" paper (landscape)!

Step Two: Cut out your block letters along the lines. Be careful when cutting between letters. I used my scissors as a point between the K and A and then carefully cut the rest of the plastic. If your letter because separated, you can move them around as soon as you take them out of the oven or use glue to fix.

Step Three: Pop these in the oven/toaster oven! If you're using Shrinky Dinks, follow the instructions on the package. For take out container plastic (or the exact Shrinky Dinks I used) preheat to 325 and bake these for 1 - 3 minutes. Watch for your creation to shrivel up and fall flat before you remove from heat.
If your letters fell apart while cutting, use this time to morph together with or without glue.

Step Four: Paint your letters! I mixed the colors with white to make different shades of blue and purple. After painting the first coat for each, let dry for a few minutes and add a second coat. 

Step Five: Once your letters are dry to the touch, flip over and adhere your safety pin to the back. Double check which side of the pin opens before gluing down. I used a generous amount of hot glue (below) to ensure the pin wouldn't come off when attaching to a shirt.

I hope you enjoyed following along with this project!
Let me know how yours turns out by using the hashtag #KPApreps!

Sending love from Minnesota!
XOXO, Karly


  1. This is such a fun DIY project! I'm always up for something that involves a little bit of painting - but not *too* much 😅 Everyone seems to love Shrinky Dinks, so I guess I need to see what all the fuss is about one of these days!

  2. Thanks so much, Indya!! You should definitely try to get your hands on some Shrinky Dinks!! They're very fun! :)