Who remembers playing with Shrinky Dinks when they were little?? Last night, while lost in Pinterest, I ran across a Shrinky Dinky Test Lab blogged by Dabbled and I was so excited about trying it that it’s pretty much the first thing I did today after grabbing my coffee!!
I had to hunt through my Tupperware cabinet (yes, I have an ENTIRE cabinet dedicated to nothing but Tupperware….) but eventually I found an old plastic take away container that I’d saved some time last year to do something with. Knowing me, I probably wanted to plant flowers in it come springtime. I was thrilled because I’d seriously considering taking a trip up to our local supermarket to hunt for the right container to make this craft with!
Side Note: In case you are curious about the exact kind of container, it HAS to be marked #6. Look for the triangle stamped on the packaging and if it has the number 6 in the center it will work for this craft. It should also be the largest container you can get your hands on.
Bigger is better when it comes to shrinky dinks.
Once I cut out the large flat part on my container (it doesn’t matter if the container has bumps on it because they will flatten out as it shrinks), I drew a cute little zebra and colored it in with a black sharpie. Then I decided to do something with the side of the packaging and cut out a strip and colored a pattern on it. I punched some holes in both and called them finished. After that, all that was left was to melt them in my toaster oven (the same one I use when I make my polymer clay charms!)
The shrinking magic happened pretty much immediately! Unfortunately, the strip of plastic melted weird–it sort of curled onto its side and never righted itself–so I had to toss it BUT the zebra came out tiny and adorable!!
I think he’s getting a coat of triple thick and then going directly onto my key ring. Or maybe I’ll turn him into a really cool stitch marker!
If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, head on over to Dabbled and read up on the process! It’s cheap, simple to do, and a lot of fun! And if you make one, I’d LOVE to see it!! Come find me on facebook to post your creations!