Friday, August 12, 2011

Tutorial: DIY Shrinky Dink (from plastic container!)

I'm so excited about today's post! XD Of course most of you already know about "Shrinky Dink",but honestly I've never tried it before because there's no such thing here in Egypt! (sad,eh?)
SHRINKY DINKS shrink to approximately 1/3rd their original size and actually become 9 times thicker. Simply place the SHRINKY DINKS piece you created into a Home Oven or Toaster Oven for 2 magic minutes. Watch as your creation gets smaller and smaller.
It's "MAGICAL" and it's so quick and easy to do! 

Well,I've found an amazing tip on the internet that you can actually replace shrinky dink with ordinary plastic containers!  (ha!)
WARNING:
Your plastic has to have the "6" sign like this: (Look for it people!)
So,today we've had fast food for lunch && I looked at the plastic lid and BAM! yes it had the lucky 6! :D
I told everyone not to throw their lids away and give them to me! :)
When I got home, I started working. ^^ Here's what I did:


Ingredients:
Your plastic container (Trim excess so you have one flat sheet)
Scissors-Sharpie permanent markers (or any other kind,really). 
Not pictured: A small sheet of aluminum foil.



Now here's the trick I 'invented'. lol
If you're not quite confident about your freehand drawing,and you don't have any good coloring books to trace from.. you can trace right from your monitor! :D
Yup,crazy as it sounds. Here's how:
Google some free digital stamps, choose your image and open it in a new tab.

With tape,stick your plastic sheet to your monitor (seems cruel right? lol ) and start tracing!
Color your shape if you want, mine was a ladybug so it needed minimal coloring.

Now cut & measure your scribblet. Mine was 7 cm long.
If you're making a charm/pendant now is a good time to punch a hole in the top or whatever you see fits. ;)

 Here comes the fun part! :D Pre-heat your oven/microwave for 5 minutes or something,then insert the ornament and the foil tray,and watch the magic! ^^ At first the plastic will curl like crazy,but eventually it will be flat and *tiny*! :D It will shrink and shrink ( So you have to make sure your drawing is large enough before baking. ;)

 Lookie! :D
Aww ^^ from 9 cm to just TWO cm!

That's it,now you can insert a jump ring and attach your new masterpiece to your backpack,a necklace or bracelet. :)


I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did,please leave me comments,it really makes my day. ^^
Have a shrinky-fun day. ♥

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43 comments:

  1. ohh but what temp in the oven???

    awesome bytheway!

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  2. This is FANTASTIC!!

    I am going to dig through my recycling bin and see if there are any pieces of plastic with the magic number 6 :)

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  3. @MegantaRois:
    Pre heat it to 350 or something. :]
    But I found it easier to use the microwave (quicker) just heat it for about 5 minutes or so.

    Glad you like it everyone! ^^

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  4. Very cool! How did you make the rings?

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  5. @Amanda:
    I cut a long strip of plastic,decorated it and then shrink it the normal way,then you just have to find something similar to your finger size (I found a whiteboard marker's cap very useful)
    And after you take out your strip,just quickly wrap it around the cap (or whatever you have) And you got yourself a pretty ring! ^^

    You might want to sand the edges so it's more comfortable. ;)

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  6. Great I've seem so many shrink tutorials on the internet but couldn't make any cause as you said i couldn't find the plastic needed for it i live in Dom Rep., but now with your idea ima look for the "6" plastic and make some.
    thx a lot for the tip.
    =P

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  7. what fast food had the 6 plastic??

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  8. Such a great discovery! I'm gonna have to try this one out. Thanx

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  9. These work in a microwave???? Really? How do you pre-heat a microwave?

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  10. I'm guessing that if you can't buy the Shrinky sheets, you might be able to buy new unused plastic containers with the #6. I would think they'd be pretty cheap as stores, etc. would be buying them to use as packaging. Like the bakery, for instance. Also, look in the dollar stores for plastic containers or the foil ones that come with plastic lids. The foil can be used for crafting, too.
    Noreen
    www.make-homemade-gifts.com
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  11. i love your creativity, girl! thanks for the inspiration!
    hugs,
    christina

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  12. I am so obsessed with shrinky dinks! I'm totally linking this to my blog!

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  14. hi i'm sosy i adore these Shrinky guys so once when i find the magical 6 i will make one because i did not find shrinky drinks here in egypt and i was really sad .............so thank you for this great tip

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  15. I love your enthusiasm and creativity! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing

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  16. What a great idea and so fun!!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I have featured your fun post here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/homemade-shrinky-dinks/

    FFC also accepts submissions! Please consider this an invitation to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like. I look forward to seeing what you submit!

    If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  17. does the plastic have to have the "ps" under the recycle 6 symbol like in the picture?

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  18. I love, love, love this idea and will be using it just as soon as I can find me some of that plastic. In the meantime, I'm going to feature this on my blog, The Kid in My Heart, if you don't mind. Great idea!!!!

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  19. @icandy: Thank you Christina,it means so much. ♥

    @ Amanda: Thanks a lot. :] I grabbed a button! :D

    @Penni: I guess yes. :) Have you found a "6" without the PS ?

    @Elaine: Many thanks for the feature sweetheart,if your blog had a button I'd totally post it on here. ♥

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  20. @Ange: Just heat your microwave for 5 minutes without putting anything in it! ;D

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing! I am obsessed with shrinky dinks right now!

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  22. What a great idea, I'm going to make one when I find the plastic. Could I please add the link to this page on my blog? http://alllthingssawesomee.blogspot.com/

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  23. This is REALLY awesome :-)
    I'm going to be on the look out for anything with a 6!!!

    www.greenissuessingapore.blogspot.com

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  24. awesome! Although I can't find any plastics with the number 6 on!:(

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  25. My son and I just did this and he loved it!!! that is so cute and fun! thanks

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    1. Oh great to hear that he liked it. :) Would love to see your creative creations.

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  26. Wow some good ideas are presented here by the author. The are amazing and are helpful for the people who want to use plastics for these kind of purposes.

    Plastic Card Printing
    Plastic Card

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    1. Thank you so much Umair for your nice comment. Do check out other different projects as well.

      {love}
      Roudi

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  27. I hope I don't sound like a complete dummy, but I thought one should never put aluminum foil in the microwave. So, what to do about that? Just use the oven, i suppose? Cute idea. Thanks.

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  28. aargh, i cant find it anywhere the 6 plastic )))):

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    1. I was wondering what to use in the microwave instead of aluminum foil, also.

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    2. I'm fairly sure parchment paper would work.

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  29. I love them. so glad you found this.
    Im going to make all the animal totems to threed on a cord <3<3<3

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  30. You can't preheat a standard microwave you'll blow it up if you turn it on while it's empty! You must have a convection microwave, if you want to preheat it set it on convection, you can then use aluminium foil safely.

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  31. Plastic specially plastic cards are very helpful in order to perform different tasks...

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  32. Good use for upcycling. I have nominated you for a Liebster Award, hope you don't mind. Check out my blog for details.

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  33. Such a great idea Thanks for sharing...
    http://plasticcardmonster.com/

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  34. I just found your blog today - I love it. I live on the bottom end of our continent in South Africa. We generally do get a lot of stuff here that you can get in the US or the UK, but I love finding ways to upcycle or re-use stuff for craft. I always save those containers anyway, because I wash them out and use them to mix paints. plaster of paris etc - I am going to check now to see if they have a "6" on it. So glad that I found your blog....going to start following you!

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  35. Fantabulous!! Thank you for the great ideas.

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  36. You.Are.Awesome. This is the first place Ive seen that shows you how to make your own shrinky dinks. My daughter will be ecstatic. Keep it up, you are great at what you do.

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