Shrinky Dinky Tutorial

No this is not a post about being green. But it is about reusing something you would normally throw away. I heard somewhere that a #6 plastic container can be used like shrinky dinks.

So I put it to the test. And guess what? IT TOTALLY WORKS! So all you moms out there, here is a kid-friendly craft (as long as you don’t mind your kids using permanent markers).

So here we go:

#6 containers (can be found in grocery stores and are normally used in salad bars or for bakery treats. Look for the 6 on the bottom of the container in the recycling arrows)
permanent markers
fine grit sandpaper
an oven

1. Cut a piece of plastic the size and shape you want. I am making a little tag for Isaac’s sippy cup (because I am TIRED of taking him to church and bible study and having them put awfully sticky tape on his cup with his name on it) so I cut mine 3″ x 1 1/2″. I also punched two holes in the side.

2. Rough up one side of the plastic with a fine grit sandpaper and wipe clean.

3. Decorate it with permanent markers. The opposite side of the plastic is the nicer side so I wrote Isaac’s name backwards so that the shiny side would have his name the correct way. You can also have your kids trace their favorite character from a book and color it in. They can make zipper pulls, buttons, or magnets out of them.

4. After it is done put it in a preheated 350 degree oven. Watch it carefully. Mine took about 3 1/2 minutes. I took mine out and pressed the back of a stamp on it against the sippy cup so it had a little curve to it.
5. I then cut a piece of elastic and tied it onto the tag. Voila!!! A name tag for Isaac’s sippy bottle. We will see if it stays on or if he pulls it off. It is worth a try. (Do you like how he chews on his cup?)