Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shrinky Dinks

Aren't these great?  You can use them as necklace or bracelet charms, or even hang them from the edges of your handmade books!

Have you played with Shrinky Dinks lately?

First there were the Shrinkies you played with as a kid.  Then there were the ones you (may have) played with as an adult, where you drew pictures onto the film,  colored them in with markers or colored pencils, punched a hole or two, and heated in your oven or with a heat gun.  Now you can print them out on your ink jet printer, cut out and shrink away.  The possibilities are endless, including printing out photos, clip art, and words.

For the printed version, you need to use specially treated film sold by Shrinkydinks (the regular Shrinky film won't work for printers) and lighten your image by reducing the opacity to about 60%. (It darkens when it shrinks).   You can get the inkjet printer film at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or online.

If you don't want to do the work of preparing images yourself, you can get some terrific PDFs from Country Living magazine:  

I used these to make the charms at the top of this post with great success!

This will give you some idea of how much they shrink.  

Let me know if you try them and how it goes.


Tammy Freiborg said...

How cool! Love the bingo card charms!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This has been an exciting proposal ....I have not had a chance to play with Shrinky products...oh what fun for everyone! Peace, Mary Helen

Monica said...

Teri it is fabulous stuff for making paper dolls. The shrink produces wonderful variations. My problem is there are pieces of legs in every nook and cranny. In fact shrink everything is a great toy to get lost in.

Thauna said...

Fun!! I loved these when I was a kid and it looks like they have really improved. I was to I need a project to use them for. :) You share the funnest things Teri!!

Lizzi said...

Oh I loved Shrinky Dinks as a kid! I can't wait to do this. Shane just got a heat gun...I knew I'd find a reason to get my hands on it!

Holli said...

How neat!!

Sydney said...

Went to my friend's bachelorette party a couple of weeks ago and her sister made everyone shrinky-dink wine charms. Of course, she bought her "shrink film" at the art store. They were really cute... each one looked like a mini love letter. It had each girls name and a little red heart where the stamp goes. I will treasure it! I am going to look for a shrinky dink project for my 5 year old. I think he'll love it!