DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Saint Patrick's Day 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, 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
- Let cool 10 minutes.
More patterns >
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!
Printable version of these instructions