Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

Anonymous on Nov 01, 2010:

You can also do this with the foam containers that meat or fruit comes on from the grocery store.

Anonymous on Oct 15, 2010:

is it possible to use anything other than #6 plastic??? I don't have any...

Autumn on Jul 28, 2010:

Your parents rock. Thanks to all of you!

Anonymous on Jul 02, 2010:

I don't thinkmy message went through.  I wanted to comment that I remember when this craft began as a homemade art craft.  It was called "liver lids"; by using the clear plastic top that went on the plastic containers selling liver in the grocery stores.  I know that 'tells  my age'; but that's ok, too. Thanks for the details.

Gabriella on Jun 26, 2010:

Love everything DIY. Have tried this before, following your tutorial, and it worked like magic. But today it didn't work, and I can't figure out why. Used the #6 plastic but it just melted. It's really weird....

Anonymous on Jun 25, 2010:

This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

danid on May 18, 2010:

@ ronmaggi - heat it again and flatten it before it hardens 

sewenviro on May 14, 2010:

Hi, I don't know if I commented the first time around but I posted a link to this on my blog in 2007 and have just TODAY, finally, used your instructions to make a trace of Chester A. Arthur (our 21st US president) on a flat piece of carry-out container for my husband.  It came out beautifully.  Thank you kindly for the instructions!

Susan on Apr 26, 2010:

It is great but my 6inch picture came out to small. there got to be a better way of doing this.

Bill Nyes Neighbor on Apr 20, 2010:

That is a fantasitic idea! Not only will it save me a few dollars on shrink plastic but it will also let me teach my children an important lesson about recycling. The lesson will show my offspring how easy and fun recycling can be. The most important thing that my lesson will teach them is why it is critical, to the health of our one and only planet, that they (continue to) recycle bottles, cans and that they expand on those materials.


Phil on Apr 12, 2010:

I don't think that will work.  A "double layer" of plastic will just result in two shrunken pieces.  The won't melt together.

Amie on Apr 11, 2010:

@Megan - I wonder if it would be ok to do a double layer of the plastic... like if you did your design, and then on top of it, add another blank piece of plastic to sort of box in the design.  I may have to try it.


Thanks to the OP for this page.  I'm really excited to give this a shot with my 5 year old.  She loves arts & crafts and we've been looking for a new and interesting craft to play with.

TrudyAnn on Apr 03, 2010:

I love this craft!  Thanks for sharing....My 6 y/o granddaughters spend at least one afternoon a week with me......I never run out of ideasm  Thanks to the web!  We will be doing this one next week!

Becki on Feb 08, 2010:

Too cool - thanks for sharing :)

Deboria Gill on Nov 28, 2009:

this is a great idea.  i'm wanting to make dog tags for our lab rescue group.  I found the project on Martha Stewart but the cost of Shrinky Dink material would make this very costly for our non-profit.  with this idea I will be able to make many tags with our phone number on it.  Many of our rescue dogs are escape artists, the tag helps alot! 

brandy on Nov 20, 2009:

i find it alot cheaper and funer to us recycled plastic instead of the shrinky dink paper they sale at michels because its not only cheaper its also clearer instead of the ruff paper they give. thumbs up =]

MaryBT on Oct 09, 2009:

You think you had it bad?  My dad was an engineer!  I distinctly remember putting a piece of 2x4 in a sink of water to see how much it would expand.  Good times.


Thanks for the instructions.  I'm going to try this with the 2 year old this weekend.

Jelly Bean on Oct 08, 2009:

Wow, I am so glad there is another way other than buying the Shrinky-dink stuff from the store.  I am hoping not to have anything curl up, a little would be fine, but the entire project I have going on in my head, oh no!!  hehe.  I remember doing Shrinky-dink stuff as a kid.  Lots of fun I will enjoy with my children.  I just wonder.. it is better to do it yourself.. or to buy the actual product.. for the best results that is?  So glad I found this!

BriiBrii-tan on Aug 29, 2009:

Wow, thanks so much for this! I know I'm a little late in finding this, but I was planning to make some keychains for my anime club, anime wherever I looked I couldn't find a store selling Shrinky Dinks anywhere! Glad that I didn't waste the money on them when I could just do it like this at home! Thanks again!

RSdaCat on Aug 14, 2009:

LOVE THIS!  I forget isn't there a way to "save your favourites" on this site?  I love these ideas and would love to have them "at my fingertips" so to speak.

Phil on Aug 14, 2009:

I've been playing around with the opaque foam-type #6 plastic as well, which obviously results in an opaque final piece.  It's harder to work with and greatly distorts, that is it shrinks much more in one direction than the other.  But if you take that into account and keep the pieces fairly small, it works.

Oh, and it doesn't flatten itself out as well as the clear plastic, so you'll have to flatten (or bend) it yourself while it's still hot.

Aprf on Aug 10, 2009:

umm..... could you use any other type plastic for this project?

Tina on Jul 21, 2009:

I love this, and can not wait to try it. Thanks

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2009:

You can also use milk jugs. I cut the circle out of the side, draw on it, the pace in the oven and watch it shrink. Gerat fun.

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