You can use the winter shrinky dink patterns I've provided or you can design your own.
Kaitlyn never tires of staring in the oven and watching her carefully colored pages shrink down into cute ornaments, necklaces or keychains. She thinks they make great gifts for her friends too!
If you ever want to make your own, four to 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.
- blank shrinky dink material (Shrinky Dinks Refill Pack) -- cost is about $1.25/sheet. One sheet makes about 6 shrinky dinks.
- pencil crayons,
- hole punch,
- cookie sheet or aluminum foil pie plate,
- string or ribbon or keychain circle depending on whether you want a necklace or keychain
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Print the template on PAPER.
- position the shrinky dink blank over top of the printout (whichever image you want). The shrinky dink material should be positioned smooth side down/rough side up.
- trace the image with a black pencil crayon (you should be writing on the rough side of the material) -- you can trace with an ordinary pencil, but I find it smudges easier than the pencil crayon does.
- color the image in with pencil crayons (make sure you color white areas in with a white pencil crayon!).
- Cut out the shrinky dink -- I always leave a border of uncolored material around the image. In other words I cut it out roughly (without sharp corners) as I find the sharper edges break off easier.
- hole punch the top of the shrinky dink (if you're planning to make a necklace or keychain).
- Place the shrinky dink on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil pie plate with the rough side up and the smooth side down.
- put it in the oven (have the oven light on) and WATCH IT SHRINK. It goes really quick (under a minute). It will curl up and then flatten out. Let the piece flatten and then wait 30 seconds. Remove from the oven.
- Let cool 10 minutes.
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!