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Playing with Shrinky Dinks & Coupon Code

Shrinky Dinks!  Do you remember playing with these as a kid?  Well it's time to take another look at them.  They are such fun for making charms and even custom embellishments for scrapbooking pages and cards. Shrinky Dinks are also now available in a variety of different paper types including frosted, glossy and even a special paper that you can print images on directly from your ink jet printer.  Read on for details on how you can get a free gift with purchase!

A fun fact about Shrinky Dinks: They were created by a pair of Cub Scout Den mothers in 1973 when the boys in their den took to a craft activity that they read about in a magazine.  The boys (and moms) enjoyed it so much that the pair created a business that one of them, Betty Morris, still runs today!

How Shrinky Dinks work: you make a design on the plastic sheet, cut it out and bake it in the oven.  It will shrink and thicken in just a matter of a few minutes.  Prior to baking, you can also use rubber stamps (I had good results with the Staz-On ink) and colour them with permanent markers or pencil crayons.  The markers used here are Sharpie and the rubber stamps shown in the examples here are by Red Lead PaperWorks, Crafty Secrets, Maya Road and Technique Tuesday.

If you can remember to punch a hole in the plastic before you bake it in the oven, then the designs can be easily turned into key chain charms or pendants for necklaces.  (I forgot to punch holes in the photo prints below!)

Shown above are some images of my ancestors printed on the Shrinky Dinks inkjet paper!  Notice, you can even use a corner rounder to punch the corners round prior to baking.

Above is how the plastic shows before it is baked in the oven.

And here is the result once the plastic has been baked.  It shrinks and thickens.

Coupon Code – free gift with purchase!

Shrinky Dinks are available online here or at a variety of craft stores.  Use the code: ORCASS  and you will receive a free gift with purchase at!

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  1. Pam
    April 8th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for showing this. I like the idea of using them for a key chain. I’ll have to get out my shrinky dinks and play around with them again.

  2. April 8th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Wow, looks like you had a lot of fun! I enjoyed looking at them too.

  3. April 8th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    This is just so neet (found you via Pinterest). How did you copy the vintage photos onto the shrinky dink? Thanks for sharing!

  4. April 8th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    @PlainJane – You can read details on how to get the images onto the Shrinky Dinks in the 3rd paragraph. 🙂

  5. Virginia Slack
    April 8th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    They look great! Y’know, you can drill thru the shrunken plastic if you forget to punch a hole before you bake them (re: the cute photo charms that you made…).

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