Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Shrinky Dink Experiment

Over at Unplug your kids, I read about how you can use #6 plastic to make shrinky dinks and wanted to give it a try. We salvaged some take out food containers and I bought some colored sharpies. The kids enjoyed coloring on the plastic, and I gave my hand at one. Wow, I haven't drawn for a while!

I'm not sure if it is the plastic we used or just that it was our first try, but they ended up sticking to themselves and not uncurling. I was able to pry one open and flatten it. It could have been that they were too large because the long skinny ones turned out a bit better.

I tried to make two of them into rings, but they wouldn't hold their shape. Still, this was a very fun project and I love that we can use what we would other wise toss out to make them.


bunzi said...

very creative and it's cute. :) will serve as darling memories. i'm adding you to my blogroll! :D

mushroommeadows said...

i REALLY like the second pic of them! :) LOVELY!

Dot said...

i've done several experiments with the #6 plastic. Some of the plastics work better than others as far as curling up and/or holding their shape. I have 3 to-go containers from salads the other night that you've now inspired me to go attempt something with :)


Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

That is soo cool! I remember making these as a kid!

Ginger said...

I love the crafts for the kids would make a awesome key chain. hugs