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  1. DIY Shrinky-Dinks


    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
    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.



    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.


    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



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