Make DIY Shrink Plastic From Packaging

Do you remember using Shrinky Dinks as a kid? I do. I specifically remember our super awesome babysitter bringing over a shrink plastic kit one Summer day. I was about five years old I think. I also remember feeling SO unbelievably excited!

We decorated the plastic sheets, cut them out, and Miss Maya baked them in the oven for a few minutes…like magic, we had these cute little hard plastic charms we had made ourselves!

(It’s funny how you remember details like this so vividly, but have no recollection of anything else when you were that age.)

Cut to 2014, I’ve got 3 kids of my own, and really, really like to eat the mini Whole Foods cupcakes. I don’t get them often, but when I do, I am sure to save the packaging! Why? It is free Shrinky Dink-like plastic! Rather than storing the whole package, I often cut up the flat parts so they are ready for the kids to decorate any old crafternoon.

These packages are incredibly useful for making crafts. You can use them as molds for making bath fizzies, paint containers, or DIY shrink plastic to make things like Christmas ornaments or charms.

How To Use Packaging For Crafts

This is the flat part you want to use for DIY Shrinky Dink projects.

DIY Shrinky Dinks


Here is how I cut them up -- using a sharp scissors, just go in from the side and cut our the largest, flattest individual pieces you can get, and store them in a baggie for your shrink plastic crafts.

How to Make DIY Shrink Plastic

See also: For baking shrink plastic so it will harden to make charms, Do this:

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Color your plastic pieces with markers and cut to the desired shape.

3. Once your oven is at 325 degrees (not before since it may fluctuate in temperature while heating up,) Put your decorated plastic pieces on a foil-lined cookie sheet and place in the oven for about 3 minutes, but not longer than 5.

Shrinky Dink Instructions - this describes how you bake your Shrinky Dinks or other shrink plastic.

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