Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

sara on Aug 06, 2019:

Will it make the oven smell or release fumes?

Peggy on Apr 24, 2019:

Mine curled up initially then melted INTO the aluminum with no redemption.

Ara on May 15, 2018:

I saw this post the day after I threw away one of those plastic containers, so I went to the trash can, took it out, called my kids and started to do fun things, thank you so so much for sharing this, I love reusing materials that I can't recycle.

Beth on May 03, 2018:

I just made a couple and that was seriously amazing! I remember shrinky dinks from when I was a kid and I know I colored a couple at my grandparents' house, but I don't remember ever watching them shrink . . . needless to say this 24-year old was very awed watching the process.

However, my charms ended up a little wavy and I think in my haste I may not have left them in the oven long enough. I was wondering if they would flatten out more if I put them back in the oven? One was almost 4 inches tall and 2 1/2 - 3 inches wide while the other was about 3 inches long and maybe 1 1/2 inches tall. The larger one has more waves, so size seems to have been a factor.

While these are mine and I don't mind the waves, I was hoping to make some as gifts and would rather them be flat.

Open to suggestions,

Gracy on Jun 27, 2017:

I made a name tag for my cat, with our phone number and all. Super cool!

Linda on Jun 20, 2017:

wow that is so cute. i was wondering if it has to be #6. what would happen if you used a #1. i have plenty of those from my fruit.
thank you

Gina on Apr 17, 2016:

Isn't it great how something old becomes something new again??!!

Gina on Dec 28, 2015:


Punch the hole and make all of your alterations/drawings/coloring, etc before you bake it. If you use a standard hole punch, it will be OK to use thread or string in order to hang your creation/art.

I'm not the owner/admin of this page, but I'm not sure anyone will reply to you, since the post is so old.

Good luck and have fun!!

Taunya on Dec 28, 2015:

For the shrinky dink.....if you wanted your creation to have a hole through it, at what point in the process should you do that? Could you use a hole punch, do it before it shrinks and still be left with a small hole?

Anonymous on Sep 21, 2015:

No, do not try to use any other types of plastic for this. Each different numbered plastic is an entirely different substance. What you need for this is #6 solid polystyrene (not the foamed polystyrene like styrofoam cups), or any other type of "plastic". Plastics are a wide range of various polymers and they are not all the same or interchangeable, and furthermore heating up some of them could be hazardous to your health, so make sure you ventilate the area well, even for this project.

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2015:

Can you use #1 or #5 plastic for this?

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2015:

Can you use #1 or #5 plastic for this?

Pea Green on Aug 30, 2015:

I just love that you have drawn The Great Gazoo. What a blast from the past :-)

Nicky on May 21, 2015:

PS Assuming the plastic from toy box covers etc should work nicely?? Can't wait to do this.
Thnanks! And... Have you ever shrunken a crisp bag?

Nicky on May 21, 2015:

What a fab and fun childhood. I do stuff with my kids and they love it and their friends love visiting. Saying there's always something exciting going on. But I do draw the line at tree bark but so wish I had that knowledge.
Now this is a blog worth following and I'd be real chuffed to have folks that taught me the extras!!

sandy on Jan 06, 2015:

I can't wait to do this with my nieces and nephews. I'll use jump RI go and make necklaces or key chains. I made these when I was a kid!!!

gina on Dec 14, 2014:

Those darn parents-making you LEARN stuff!! 

Great blog!! Wish I had seen it before buying the 'shrinky dink' plastic. The shrinky dink plastic is already roughed up and you can use anything to color on them; hard to write/trace on though.  I like the #6 plastic idea. The smooth surface makes it much easier to trace on (I cannot draw free-hand). 

#6 is the plastic that cannot be recycled any longer. I have found it is a food container has a black bottom and the clear top. 

Thank you for posting!! 

Annie on Dec 07, 2014:

Do you know where you can purchase #6 plastic? Other than a deli? I called the craft store and they did not have. Also Walmart is no good. Thanks!

Anonymous on Nov 30, 2014:

Can you put the #6 plastic in a shrinky dink machine?  Thank you

CWM on Oct 21, 2014:

Was wondering what you use to do the drawing and coloring? Does it have to be Sharpies?

Anonymous on Oct 17, 2014:

You can use white #6 plastic, but if you are using a cup, or shaped plastic, it can shrink irregularly, because of the processes in which it was formed. (Stretched, heated, etc) It is best to use flat sections of plastic for more uniform shrinking.

Scully on Oct 04, 2014:

Just found this article - it´s seven years old but awesome! I´d like to make a shrinky dink immediately! :) Do you know if it´s possible to use a white no. 6 plastic (yoghurt pot)? Greetings from Germany!

Anonymous on Oct 02, 2014:

i was seriously born into the wrong family! i only wish my parents were scientists!

Anonymous on Sep 11, 2014:

May I link to this blog post?  I'm a new blogger and don't know what the heck I am doing!  Thanks.

Jan Weisbart on Jul 31, 2014:

Thank you so much for making this and so much more information available. I was just about to order Shrinky Dinks from Amazon... but why!  I remember when my kids were small and how we made so many works of art together.. now I can provide this great activity for my grandchildren and future grandkids!  By DIY we can also repurpose that which would be tossed!

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