Chris Gardner

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Comments - How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

Anonymous5 on Jul 01, 2014:

For the love of science, Seriously and Anonymous #4!  :)  He tells you in the blog, "The total image will shrink to about a third of its original size, and five or six times its original thickness."  So take the size you desire the end piece to be and multiply it by three to get the size of your original piece of plastic.  Or divide the original size of plastic by three to see how much it will shrink down to.  

a26 on Jun 29, 2014:

Hi, what if i do the whole process with pp5 instead of pp6? 

thanks in advance!

Phillip on Jun 18, 2014:

I'm always looking for crafts I can do with my grandchildren and I remembered doing these with my children when they were small. Thank you so much for providing the information. I'm looking forward to creating more great memories with my grandchildren. I'll probably need to forward your link to their parents as well.

Steph on May 29, 2014:

Thank you! I want to make plant labels for my herbs. This will work out perfectly for that!

Anonymous on May 23, 2014:

Can u use #5 plastic for this?

te on Feb 03, 2014:

What about a rice cooker?

Audrey on Nov 25, 2013:

Does anybody know if you can use drafting mylar (plastic paper) for this project?

Anonymous on Nov 15, 2013:

Hi, I am definitely trying this. From your comments I take it that doesn't make it toxic when you cook in the oven afterwards?

Nicola on Jul 12, 2013:

I remember years ago putting crisp (potato chips) packets in the oven and shrinking them down to make key rings.

Anonymous on May 20, 2013:

I used to paint them with acrylic paint then shrink when I was a kid. Nice. Have thought about making tags for labeling all the jewelry received as gifts---so pieces in safe would be distinguished.

Patty on May 08, 2013:

GREAT find!  Thank you for the instructions.  I didn't know about the #6 plastic.

Years ago I used to buy shrinky dink material and I made ID tags for my pets.  I used a paper punch to put the hole in the plastic before I shrunk it.

Zonda on Apr 15, 2013:

I followed a link to your site and have enjoyed reading not only the instructions but also about your childhood days. (I miss the simpler times....) anyway I've been obsessively checking all the plastic containers in my house to try and find a #6 just so I can try this. Most were either #1, 2, 3, etc and just when I was about to give up I found a #6 on the Swifer Wet container. Of course it's colored but I'm going to try it anyway. I'm hoping the clear plastic top will work to! All I find on the top is 11, with no arrows around it so we'll find out if it works too! Wish me luck!

Bob the blob on Apr 06, 2013:

Omg so cool i love to recycle its so fun

bob on Mar 18, 2013:

Can u only use permanent markers?

Anonymous on Feb 24, 2013:

If I want to make one keychain size how much plastic would I use. And we have a shrinky dink oven, can we use that?

Christine on Feb 13, 2013:

WOW! Thanks so much for sharing this! I was Google searching Shrinky Dinks, as my boss was featuring them on HLN's #RaisingAmerica and I wanted to know where I could find them. They remind me of my own childhood and I wanted to share the fun with my 4 year old daughter. SO  happy I found your post! We love doing science experiments at home with Little One and her friends! We will have to try this out for sure! Bookmarking this and sharing! Thanks again!

Elizabeth Brigham on Feb 10, 2013:

I learned a lot. Thanks a million! !!

Michelle on Jan 29, 2013:

Your parents sound AWESOME. Seriously. It probably didn't seem like it at the time but it sounds like you had a fantastic FUNducational childhood. Tell them I said thanks for the tip! (and thank you, too!)

Seriously on Jan 29, 2013:

How much 'shrinkage' should you expect?  Like if I want a piece to turn out to be 1"x 2" how big should it be when I put it in?

Debbie on Jan 20, 2013:

Use a hole puncher before baking...add a key ring later.

Anonymous on Jan 02, 2013:

I just did mine in the toaster oven and worked fine, took less than a minute. lil bit of smoke, some odor, but not bad.  Curious...can this be done with #2 and other # plastics?  or just #6?

Phil on Dec 19, 2012:

Wrong again.  #6 Clear and #6 Foam are the EXACT SAME CHEMICAL!  That's why they're both called #6.  The foam is harder to work with, as I mentioned before.  #6 Foam is no more toxic than #6 Clear.

Shelly on Dec 18, 2012:

The argument about using #6 is easy to resolve --FOAM trays, no (never), but CLEAR #6, as shown in the photo, is perfect.

Kat on Dec 04, 2012:

@Sarah hmmm I see. Well thanks for clearing that up. I probably don't have a chance to convince my mom to let me get one but I'll try it heh heh. :)

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