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Shrinky Dinks From Recycled Plastic



I am so old I remember when Shrinky Dinks first came on the market. Yep I am THAT old :0)

We had hours and hours of fun making little charms to put on our shoes, book covers and key chains.

You can do the similar things with #6 recycled plastic as you can with the purchased product.





Look for the symbol on the plastic that looks like the one to the left.





Wash the container by hand as you would any plastic cup. Cut out the flat surfaces to start, you can of course later use the curved areas to play with to see what you will get. So do not throw them away yet.



Have on hand a heat gun, a couple of wooden skewers, permanent markers and a pie pan. The pie pan works great to keep the little sucker from blowing out onto the floor when heating it with the hot air.

You can also use a traditional oven or toaster oven set at 325 degrees for the same result. But I prefer the heat gun because it is faster and uses less energy.







I decided to make some basic buttons by tracing the shape with a red marker and punching out two holes with a paper punch. Use a paper punch larger than 1/8" or they will disappear once shrunk.

You then color in the shape of choice with a permanent marker, and cut it out with regular scissors.


Place the plastic onto a piece of paper in the flat bottom of a pyrex or metal pan.

Place into oven for 1-3 minutes.



Heat Gun

Hold the item down with a wooden skewer and begin to heat it with the heat gun.

Be careful to use the necessary precautions when using a heat gun, they get extremely HOT!



Watch as one side curls up and then the entire thing curls up into a ball, until eventually it flattens back out again.

If you punched a hole and it closed up - pull a needle through where you want the hole while it is still warm.

Be very careful handling as it can be HOT!




The plastic will thicken as the size of the over all object gets smaller.




The finished piece will be approximately 45% the size of the original, but much thicker.

FYI I will be using mine to embellish a textile project.

You can also draw out a more intricate design on paper and trace it onto the plastic. Then color it in with the markers.

Stamp with permanent ink

Use embossing powders

Use a copy machine to add design to a full sheet - make sure it does not get to hot or you can ruin the machine.

Create buttons, charms, sun catchers, fuse layers for different affects or create Christmas Ornaments.