You're Invited to a Tea Party - iVillage

    • Non-stick baking sheet

    • Sand paper

    • Hole punch

    • Colored pencils

    • Black marker

    • Thin ribbon or cording

    • Pony beads


    Shrinkable plastic is a thin sheet of flexible plastic, similar to sheets used on overhead projectors. When heated in an oven at about 250 degrees it will shrink to 40 percent of its original size and become rigid and thick like a medallion. You can color or paint these before you bake and the markings will become permanent.

    Cut heart (or other) shapes out of the plastic at least 4 or 5 inches wide. Punch a hole near the center top of the heart for hanging. Sand each heartlightly to help the colors stick.

    Let the kids decorate with colored pencils. Names can be written with black marker to make them stand out.

    Lay finished hearts on a non-stick baking sheet and place in a pre-heated 250 degree oven. They will begin to shrink within a minute or two. Watch carefully and remove from baking sheet as soon as they have shrunk and flattened out. Press to make sure they stay flat. They will cool quickly.

    String a length of ribbon or cording through the hole in the heart, and make it long enough to go around the child's neck. Add different colored pony beads for an extra touch.

    Finish off the plans for your Tea Party with lots of themed balloons and streamers. Let the girls put on their prettiest outfits and have some fun!

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