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Make Your Own Shrinky Dinks
Recycle Plastic or Buy Shrink Film to Make Shrinky Dinks
I first heard about how to make your own Shrinky Dinks from a fellow volunteer. She was a science nerd and had experimented with different kinds of recycled plastics till she figured out which ones worked like the plastic sheets that come in Shrinky Dink kits!
Find out how to make your own Shrinky Dinks on the cheap. You can save money on your kids' crafts projects by making Shrinky Dinks with recycled plastic containers.
Other options are to buy shrink film sheets and design each item yourself or buy Shrinky Dink kits that include everything you need to make exciting little shrinkable art!
This photo shows some shrunk Shrinky Dinks attached to a felt bracelet. These were lovingly colored by a very talented 6-year-old girl. She used colored pencils that came in the Shrinky Dink set.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Shrinky Dinks Are Fun!
Shrinky Dinks are made with plastic
(recycled containers or sheets) that you
can color with permanent markers
or colored pencils.
Then you cut out the shapes and bake them.
When they reach a certain temperature,
the plastic first curls then flattens again
and shrinks to an itsy bitsy size.
Option No. 1: Buy Plastic Sheets and Make Your Own Shrinky Dink Designs
How to Make Shrinky Dinks - Using Purchased Plastic Sheets
- How to Make Shrinky Dinks: 7 steps - wikiHow
In the early 70s SHRINKY DINKS were very popular crafts for kids on the same line as the melted plastic stained glass "Make-it, Bake-it". Shrinky Dinks seemed to have disappeared from popularity for a long time, however if you had fun making them as
- How to Make a Shrinky Dink Bracelet -- Country Living
Learn how to make a Shrinky Dink bracelet at home with these step-by-step instructions, from CountryLiving.com.
Inkjet Printable Shrinky Dink Plastic - Print Your Own Designs
Make Your Own Shrinky Dinks - Supplies to Buy to Get Started
Make Personalized Shrinky Dinks
Reader Shirley Philbrick commented, "I used the sheets to print my grandbaby's feet on. They are adorable! I poked holes in them so they can be used for earrings, charms or on a key ring."
Option No. 2: Recycle Plastic for Shrinky Dinks
Use plastic containers with the number 5 or 6 marked on them to make your own Shrinky Dinks!
Make Shrinky Dinks with Recycled Plastic Containers - Save Those Plastic Boxes from Vegetables and Fruit
These links provide information on making your own shrinkable plastic using plastic you're currently throwing away or recycling. Give it a try. It's free!
- How to Make Shrinky Dinks With Plastic Containers | eHow.com
How to Make Shrinky Dinks With Plastic Containers. Shrinky Dinks were all the rage back in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, you can create them at home with a few simple things you probably have around the house.
- How to make Shrinky Dinks with recycled #6 plastic | Skip To My Lou
First of all I have to say------save your #6 plastic containers (like the clear containers from the salad bar).Â Save the whole container, even the textured sides and bottoms. It all works and flattens out nicely. The ridges on the sides give a nice
- DIY Shrinky Dinks -- Curbly | DIY Design Community
My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark type, and we always created our own versions of 'science-y' toys.
- Homemade Shrinky Dinks from Recycled Plastic
Beware- if you read this you will start compulsively checking plastic containers to see if they can be made into shrinky dinks! This is what happened to me when I first read about homemade shrinky-dinks. The poster said to use number 6 plastic, and i
Watch a Quick Video on How to Make Shrinky Dinks
Reasonably Priced Toaster Ovens - Dedicated Oven for Crafts Like Shrinky Dinks and Polymer Clay Crafts
Face it. When you make Shrinky Dinks you are basically melting plastic. The fumes can be stinky and probably are not totally safe to breathe. And do you really want to bake in your oven after shrinking plastic? I didn't think so!
Stay safe and use a dedicated toaster oven for crafts like melting Shrinky Dinks and for curing/baking polymer clay art work.
Toaster ovens offer these benefits:
~ They are small and can be carried outside to the patio or back yard. Use the oven outside or set it next to an open window while in use to keep the fumes to a minimum.
~ They are inexpensive (all of these are less than $50).
~ They are portable and can be taken to Scout meetings, slumber parties, school, and 500 other places where you might want to make Shrinky Dinks!
How Small Do Shrinky Dinks Shrink?
My grandson measured some before and after Shrinky Dinks. The shrunk pieces are about 80% smaller
than the original size before shrinking!
Shrinky Dink Books
Option No. 3: Buy Shrinky Dinks Kits That Include Everything
Shrinky Dink Kits to Buy - Ready to Go and Shrink!
The easier way to go is to buy Shrinky Dink kits. Everything's included! To get started, buy a kit or two and have a blast! My granddaughter just loves coloring these things then we make bracelets and necklaces with the tiny charms that come out of the toaster oven.
Shrinky Dinks Make Great Gifts - For Girls and Boys as Young as 6
Shrinky Dinks Jewelry Kits to Buy - Make the Jewelry Components then Make Jewelry
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