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Shrinky Dinks

Updated on October 28, 2015
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Shrinky Dinks are only limited by imagination

This retro toy is usually thought of as a craft but it is so much more. Children have been making Shrinky Dink jewelry and other projects since 1973.

While there are specific kits with pre-made designs ready for coloring, imagination is the only real requirement. Many of the kits are for jewelry making and geared more towards girls but this is also a great gift for boys.

My 10-yr-old is getting one for Christmas (it's in the closet, don't tell him). I can guarantee that is is going to be one of his favorite gifts. Besides, it was one of my favorite things to do so it is something that we can share together. The photo shows that even big people play with Shrinky Dinks. How much fun is it to make your own pins?


1970s Shrinky Dinks Colorforms Commercial - Why not start out with one of the original commercials?

Basic kit where you create your own shapes

Shrinky Dinks have been around a while.

Have you had fun creating Shrinky Dink one-of-a-kind items?

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Shrinky Dinks in the Crockpot

Making Shrinky Dinks in the Crockpot did not occur to me but I found a blogger who did just that. What a great idea and so much easier than the oven.

I found a great new use for Shrinky Dinks

My button crafts just got better. I found making molds with clay let me create my own buttons  but never gave a thought to Shrinky Dinks. Click on the source to the tutorial for a new way to create that special project.
My button crafts just got better. I found making molds with clay let me create my own buttons but never gave a thought to Shrinky Dinks. Click on the source to the tutorial for a new way to create that special project. | Source

One of my favorite things to do is play with buttons

When I started with Button Crafts, I was limited to what was available in the stores. All of the buttons are pretty much the same and even the more expensive ones were not that exciting. I discovered I could make buttons with polymer clay which allowed more creative and unique buttons. It wasn't until I ran into the tutorial for the buttons shown here that I realized Shrinky Dinks had even more to offer.

Although I didn't take pictures, I made buttons for one of my friends with the names of her kids. It was easy, fun, and she got personalized buttons she was able to use. Between the polymer clay and Shrinky Dinks, the possibilities for buttons are endless.

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      markettrol 5 years ago

      Nice lens...I will have to look for these

    • markettrol profile image

      markettrol 5 years ago

      Nice lens...I will have to look for these

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      badmsm 5 years ago

      Love doing Shrinky Dinks with my kids...FUN lens. Liked & Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I like that you can trace over any design (like a Christmas card), cut it out, shrink it and use it for Christmas tree ornament.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was actually surprised to learn they still existed when I saw them in a store around Christmas. My siblings and I used to love these. I had all the super hero ones. Thanks for the blast from the past.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I loved shrinky dinks as a kid. My sister and I used to make tons of stuff. I went to the link you have above that shows how to make those extra pretty flowers. Neat!

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