Shrinky Dinky Tutorial

No this is not a post about being green. But it is about reusing something you would normally throw away. I heard somewhere that a #6 plastic container can be used like shrinky dinks.

So I put it to the test. And guess what? IT TOTALLY WORKS! So all you moms out there, here is a kid-friendly craft (as long as you don’t mind your kids using permanent markers).

So here we go:

Supplies:
#6 containers (can be found in grocery stores and are normally used in salad bars or for bakery treats. Look for the 6 on the bottom of the container in the recycling arrows)
permanent markers
fine grit sandpaper
an oven

1. Cut a piece of plastic the size and shape you want. I am making a little tag for Isaac’s sippy cup (because I am TIRED of taking him to church and bible study and having them put awfully sticky tape on his cup with his name on it) so I cut mine 3″ x 1 1/2″. I also punched two holes in the side.

2. Rough up one side of the plastic with a fine grit sandpaper and wipe clean.

3. Decorate it with permanent markers. The opposite side of the plastic is the nicer side so I wrote Isaac’s name backwards so that the shiny side would have his name the correct way. You can also have your kids trace their favorite character from a book and color it in. They can make zipper pulls, buttons, or magnets out of them.


4. After it is done put it in a preheated 350 degree oven. Watch it carefully. Mine took about 3 1/2 minutes. I took mine out and pressed the back of a stamp on it against the sippy cup so it had a little curve to it.

5. I then cut a piece of elastic and tied it onto the tag. Wahla!!! A name tag for Isaac’s sippy bottle. We will see if it stays on or if he pulls it off. It is worth a try. (Do you like how he chews on his cup?)





  • Sarah Pomerleau

    Very very cool! I want to try that… seems simple enough for me to do.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Lee Ann

    That’s awesome! I can’t believe how much it shrunk!

  • Denise…

    That is way too fun. So glad you posted about it!

  • Eryn

    Oooh, that’s fun!

  • mer

    Hi there. I have been a lurker on your blog for several weeks. Someone posted one of your tutorials and I’ve LOVED visiting here, but today I had to comment because this is SO cool! My kids think shrinky dinks are so cool (I do too) and now I’m going to be on a major quest for some #6 plastic. Thanks for sharing this cool idea!

    Meredith

  • Chiloe

    Great idea !!! That’s very nice and unique ;)

  • Kaley

    you never cease to amaze, beckie.

    oh…and quit knocking my word verification. my brother says i need to keep it to ward off spammers. so there.

    =)

  • Gina

    So, Ihave been skulking for a LONG time now, but I had to comment today. Do you know if this will work in a gas range? I have heard that you can’t do regular Shrinky-Dinks with gas. Maybe this is different?

  • Lula!

    Beckie–all these random people are hanging out here, learning to shrink plastic and such. This cracks me up!!!!! You are so hilarious & unique.
    p.s. My solution to the sippy cup situation…why, monogrammed ones, of course!!!! Remember, if it sits still long enough, I will have it monogrammed.

    To be fair, Caroline only has 1, as it was custom-made and cost $15. (Are you cringing?) It’s one of those Playtex ones where you can take the inside out and put pictures, drawings, etc. on display. Caroline’s has a polka dotted fabric with her initials embroidered in black…way cute. Now, there…I’ve given you an idea. Run with it!!!! Make it your own!!!! XOXO

  • Infarrantly Creative

    I don’t see why it wouldn’t work in a gas range since it is such a short about of time. But you can also do it in a toaster oven if that helps.

  • A Romantic Porch

    That is truly creative. I love it. Thanks for sharing. xoRachel

  • darling

    Awesome idea! Thanks for trying this out and telling us about it. I just love all the detailed photos you always post about your projects.

  • Alisha

    clever!! my girl loves shrinky dinks and is always wanting to switch the tags on her backpack….this way is much cheaper and is provides an almost a limitless supply of shrinky dink material:) thanks for the idea!!

  • Duncan & Suzanne

    I just got some name-tag bracelets from http://www.inchbug.com for my kids’ sippy cups – I LOVE them b/c I too was getting sick of the sticky residue leftover from nametags put on my kids’ cups. They obviously cost more than this idea, but they work on so many things… just a suggestion.

  • Duncan & Suzanne

    I just got some name-tag bracelets from http://www.inchbug.com for my kids’ sippy cups – I LOVE them b/c I too was getting sick of the sticky residue leftover from nametags put on my kids’ cups. They obviously cost more than this idea, but they work on so many things… just a suggestion.

  • Duncan & Suzanne

    I just got some name-tag bracelets from http://www.inchbug.com for my kids’ sippy cups – I LOVE them b/c I too was getting sick of the sticky residue leftover from nametags put on my kids’ cups. They obviously cost more than this idea, but they work on so many things… just a suggestion.

  • Duncan & Suzanne

    I just got some name-tag bracelets from http://www.inchbug.com for my kids’ sippy cups – I LOVE them b/c I too was getting sick of the sticky residue leftover from nametags put on my kids’ cups. They obviously cost more than this idea, but they work on so many things… just a suggestion.

  • Brooke Llanos (Lilly and Felicity’s Mommy)

    Hi! Just wanted to say it’s SO nice to see a blog that’s from a believer who does all sorts of crafty stuff too…I love that I can steal your great ideas and not read garbage in the mean time! Thanks for putting all this stuff out!

  • Kathryn

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks to this post, I spent the morning buying baked goods, finding permanent markers, and making all sorts of little shrinky dinky things! I made a little plaque sort of thing with the words from the book “Love You Forever” on it, and hung it in my sons’ window. I love all your ideas, you are so creative!

  • Karen from NZ!

    Hi there!
    Fabulous idea!! Just a little question. What is the purpose of roughing it up with sandpaper? Also, is there any reason that you write backwards on the underside and not the shiny side?

    Thank you!

  • Heather

    PS Rubbing alcohol (90% works the best) will take sticky residue from tape or stickers off of hard surfaces

  • Ashley

    You don’t have to use permanent markers, colored pencils work just as well! If you color hard enough it looks just like the markers do!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks for the tip, Ashley!