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Christmas Shrinky Dinks
Christmas Shrinky Dinks

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Most of the time, the crafts on the site don't require much in the way of store bought materials.  But Lisa Ann asked whether I knew where she might find printable Shrinky Dink patterns.  I couldn't find anything on the internet so decided to put some together for her.

If you ever want to make your own, five or six images per page works out to be about the right size for necklaces or keychains.  The images shrink to 1/3 of their original size.

To make Shrinky Dink Christmas ornaments, I've found that a full sized image (from a coloring book or the like) works very well.  I've included a few easy-to-make suggestions of images in the templates list.  You can sometimes squeeze an image or two that are 'keychain size' onto the same shrinky dink page with an ornament size image (I try to squeeze the images over as much as possible and keep the 'scraps' for future projects).



Christmas Template - 5 per page (good for keychains, etc)


Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)

Ornament Template (1 per page)



Candy Cane

Gingerbread Man





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Notes:  You can buy all sorts of odd things like special shrinky dink markers and a special oven (that looks a bit like an easy bake oven).  But I find pencil crayons, a aluminum foil pie plate and my oven work just fine.  Please don't use water soluble markers or wax crayons to color the shrinky dinks ...  They don't work.  Regular school pencil crayons do work just fine.

Note from a viewer:
"Another thing that works great for the Shrinky Dinks instead of the oven is a craft heat gun. I've used that and it works really good!"
Thanks for the tip Deb!


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