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DIY Shrinky-Dinks

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March 3, 2013 by Emily

Make your own Shrinky-DinksDo you remember making shrinky-dinks when you were younger? Seriously, one of the best rainy day activities with my Gma! I rarely see them in stores anymore, and when I do I just think about how over priced they are for sheets of plastic that you melt in the toaster.

Well guess what?! You don’t need to go out and BUY shrinky-dink plastic… you can use plastic take out containers!!

What you’ll need:

#6 plastic take out containers
Sharpies
Oven (or toaster oven)

 

Shrinky-dink plasticStart saving your plastic clam-shell take out containers!! As long as on the bottom it has a 6 and “ps” your good to go.

Method:

getting-started

1- Cut out the flat areas on the take out container to put your design on.

2-Draw your design on with sharpie or other permanent marker, any color you put on the plastic will get darker as it shrinks…the super light gray I colored my cloud with turned a few shades darker because it gets “concentrated” as is shrinks.

almost-done

3- Cut out your design with scissors or an exacto blade.

4- if you plan on using the final product on a key chain or jewelry, use a hole punch to clip out the plastic about 1/2 inch from the edge of the design.

baking5- Place onto a baking sheet and put in a 350 degree oven for about 30 seconds. I put mine in the toaster so I could keep a close eye on them, initially the plastic will bubble and curl as it shrinks. Don’t freak out! It will uncurl and level out in another few seconds!

6- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely

size-comparison

 


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