While at a craft store the other day, I found blank sheets of Shrinky Dink plastic and thought it would make for a fun craft to do with the kids. I haven’t done these since I was a little kid! I’m not the greatest artist (ok, that’s an understatement. . . my artistic skills are almost nil), but I am awesome at tracing. Like, almost as good as my six-year-old. There are a couple options for the plastic sheets: traceable and printable. The traceable ones were 10 sheets for $10, the printable ones (for inkjet printers) were 6 sheets for $21. We chose traceable so we could colour and trace our own art.
For our first project, we decided to go with the current hot theme at our house: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. We used Google image search to find some pictures to trace, and got started. (Please, please, please do this without your kids present until you find something appropriate because omg there are a lot of whackadoodles out there creating really disturbing art from these cartoon characters.) The plastic shrinks to approximately 1/3 the original size, so the initial pictures we used were about 3″ tall.
Step One: Trace or draw with a pencil on the “rough” side of the plastic.
Step Two: Colour in using pencil crayons (you can also use permanent marker but those don’t exist for my kids, so pencil crayons it is).
Step 3: Cut the shapes out as you’d like them be when shrunk. NOTE: If you want to use any of your creations as charms, you have to punch the holes before they’re shrunk. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
This weekend, my daughter went to a Monster High-themed birthday party, and wanted to make something special for her friend, so we used the Monster High skull from the logo and made a bookmark and a charm bracelet to give along with a book. (I found the bookmark hardware, jump rings, and chain to make the bracelet at another craft store downtown Toronto.)
I’d love to hear about other Shrinky Dink projects if any of my readers make some.