Have you ever Shrinky Dinked?

United States
July 22, 2008 9:08am CST
I remember doing these as a kid and wondering what can I do with it now. Here is a brief introduction: The very first SHRINKY DINKS were sold on October 17, 1973 at Brookfield Square Shopping Mall in Brookfield Wisconsin. Since that time there has been over 250 different Toy Activity and Craft Kits created and marketed. SHRINKY DINKS SHRINK to approximately 1/3rd their original size and actually become 9 times thicker. Simply place the SHRINKY DINKS piece you created into a Home Oven or Toaster Oven for 2 magic minutes. Watch as your creation gets smaller and smaller. It's "MAGICAL" and it's so quick and easy to do! People from all over the world, ages 4 to 90 years are creating items from our line of SHRINKY DINKS shrinkable plastic sheets: Bright White, Crystal Clear, Brown, Black and our most popular, Frosted Ruff N' Ready…this is the plastic that has been machine roughened to accept any Colored Pencil. Our newest addition to our creative line of shrinkable plastic is SHRINKY DINKS for Ink Jet Printers. We apply a patented coating to our Bright White shrinkable plastic sheets. This coating allows you to print any image from your computer or digital camera onto the plastic sheet. Photographs are really exciting but the possibilities are endless!! This last paragraph has me really intrigued. My girls and I just got started making bead earrings and I see lots of potential here. I'm going to the craft store tonight and I hope I can find this new paper to use in a printer. This would be so cool! So what have you made with Shrinky Dinks? They sure have come a long way!
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I remember those things from when I was a kid. I think we only got them once, but they were fun to do.
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• United States
23 Jul 08
Michael's had the shrinky dinks for the printer, in their scrapbook section! I am so physed!!! I haven't told my youngest about them yet because she would have wanted to do them tonight. I want to read up on them to make sure I can get the most on each sheet! Then this will be a rainy day activity, that is if we have a rainy day any time soon!
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
28 Jul 08
I have seen them before. They are like pieces of translucent paper that you can put your art on. Then you bake them in a toaster and it will shrink and thicken into something that is much harder and durable. I was fascinated with it when I first saw it a few years back. But due to the price of the paper, I was really reluctant to experiment with them. How much does it cost you to get one sheet?
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I've never heard of them. I'll have to do more research on these. Thanks.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Wow, this thing about printing pictures and then baking them in an oven like Shrinky Dinks is just too cool! I used to do Shrinky Dinks with my son. He's all grown up now. Anyhoo, hope you get the kind you can print your pics on. That sound fantastic. Let us all know how that goes. Thanks, kimbers867.
• United States
22 Jul 08
I sometimes make things to go on my homemade, rubber stamped cards. I currently want to use shrinky dinks to make name tags for our mops group. Not exactly sure how the finished product will look, but I can't wait to have some time to play with it. I just saw in one of my scrapbook magazines how they made their own buttons! You know how clear buttons or translucent buttons are a big thing right now. What an inexpensive way to make your own and just the way you want them. Oh I need time to play!