DIY / Kids

90’s Throwback Craft | Shrinky Dinks

It’s the last day of summer for my daughter Allie, who starts FIRST GRADE tomorrow!!! To celebrate, here is one of her favorite crafts to make!

Tell me you remember SHRINKY DINKS from the 90’s!  Color on a piece of plastic, put it in the oven, and out comes a little shrunken charm?  Well, if you don’t, here is how you and your kids can make this simple (but really cool) craft.  Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • Number 6 plastic (you can find this on the lids of to-go containers, or the aluminum containers at the grocery store.  Look for the triangle with the number 6 inside.

  • Sharpies (regular markers won’t work)

  • Scissors 
  • An oven preheated to 350 degrees

So go ahead and preheat your oven first, and then cut out your plastic sheets.


Using a white sheet of paper underneath, draw your object, and color it in with the sharpies.  We did a cupcake and a Shopkin.  If you have a coloring book or something like that with an image, you can trace it!

Cut out your image, and place it on a cookie sheet.


Place in the oven, and watch the magic happen!  The plastic with shrivel and curl up, and when it lays back down flat, it’s ready!


It’s kind of hard to see, but do you see it shriveling up? My kids LOVE to watch this happen.


Be careful when removing, they will be very hot!  The end result is about 1/6 of the original object.


You can also punch a hole through the plastic before you bake it, so you can make it into a keychain, necklace, or even a Christmas ornament!




I recommend sealing the marker side with  some clear nail polish.  This prevents the marker from scratching off.

I hope you liked this DIY and will try it!

xx amy 

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