Introduced in 1973, Shrinky Dinks were demonstrated in 1974 at the Toy Fair in New York City using a toaster oven. They since went on to the Space Shuttle as a first grade science experiment and then in 2002 had their own Shrinky Dink Art Invitational where professional artists competed to create original Shrinky Dink art.
Introduce this simple product to your children and teach them to create unique customized gifts for grandma, dad, aunts, siblings, teachers, friends and themselves.
Charming Necklaces. Perfect homemade gift for a teacher, mom, sister, aunt, grandma or friend. I’ve seen these little plastic numbers at boutiques for much more money than you can make them for at home.
Design a monogram or phrase on your computer, print it out and then lay it under a sheet of original “Frosted Ruff N’ Ready” plastic. Experiment with fonts. colors and sizes until you get it exactly the way you like.
Use a permanent marker to trace the image on the plastic.
Remember the image will shrink to approximately 1/3 of its original size.
Cut the plastic out using a scrapbook punch or scissors and then use a hole punch to create a hole at the top.
Bake and then place under a heavy book until cool. Add a small jump ring with pliers and then string on a ribbon, or cord.
Charming Keychains. Make homemade keychains for dad, mom, brothers, sisters, aunts, grandparents or friends. Follow the same instructions as above for the necklace charms, although for the keychains you can draw pictures, trace a coloring book page or sports team logo.
Charming Drink Charms. Make personalized drink charms for a family gift, or a classroom. This also makes a fun gift for grandparents to have on hand. You will need digital photos and shrinkable plastic sheets that go through an ink jet printer. Start by choosing a photo of all the family members or classmates. Brighten the images on the computer since they will darken as they shrink. Crop to 3-inch squares with at least a 1/2 -inch margin around the head.
Print on to the plastic sheets. Cut into circle shapes and then use a hole punch to add a hole near the top.
Bake according to package instructions. Flatten until cool. Use a coat of clear nail polish to seal.
Add a wire earring hoop (from the beading department of a craft store)
Use rubber bands instead of wire if you will be using the drink charms on regular cups rather than stemware.
Cheap Recycled Version. Recycle #6 plastic containers, like salad bar containers. The #6 will be stamped inside. Use just like purchased sheets of Shrinky Dink, although these cannot go through a printer!
Heat the oven to 350 F and watch until the plastic curls and flattens back out. That will only take a few minutes.
Lay flat under a heavy book until cool.