Thrifty Thursday: Shrinky Dinks

August 6, 2009 at 8:44 am | Posted in Kids Arts & Crafts, Recycling, Thrifty Thursday | Leave a comment
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The definition of “thrifty” is-

1 : thriving by industry and frugality : prosperous

2 : growing vigorously

 3 : given to or marked by economy and good management

synonyms see sparing
Who DIDN’T love Shrinky Dinks when they were little? I thought they were the most amazing things ever. I loved to color, cut them out and watch them curl up and shrink in the oven. So fun, but quite pricey, if I remember correctly. Here’s a wonderful, eco-friendly and free way to make them at home, using materials that you are sure to have already laying around.


  • Plastic containers
  • scissors
  • colored pencils or markers
  • coloring book
  • aluminum foil
  • hole punch


  1. Be sure the plastic container is marked with a triangle with a 6 in the middle. Otherwise the plastic is too thin and may burn or cause a fire.
  2. Adults: Cut off a flat piece from the plastic.
  3. Adults: Using a permanent black marker draw a picture. It may be easier to trace a small one from a coloring book. You can write names too for charms.
  4. Kids: Color with colored pencils or markers. 
  5. Kids with adult supervision: Cut the picture out using scissors.
  6. Adults: Use a hole punch to make a hole if you’ll be using it for a charm, a sun catcher or on a mobile.
  7. Adults: Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees F.
  8. Adults: Place the plastic pieces on aluminum foil and carefully place in the oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The plastic will curl but flatten as it’s finished. Cool before handling.

    NOTE: The plastic may shrink as much as 75%. You may want to experiment to get the correct size you are looking for.


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