Quick Answer: Can You Make Your Own Shrinky Dinks?

What can I use in place of Shrinky Dink paper?

Hole punch.

Scissors.

Tin foil or parchment paper to line a cookie sheet for baking them on.

If you wish to shrink these outside to avoid any fumes, a toaster oven you can use for crafts..

What kind of plastic can I use to make Shrinky Dinks?

polystyreneThe sheets of plastic you get in a Shrinky Dinks kit is polystyrene—the same stuff as recycled plastic #6, which is commonly used for those clear clamshell containers you see in cafeterias. When manufactured, raw polystyrene is heated, rolled out into thin sheets and then rapidly cooled so that it can retain its shape.

What can you use to color Shrinky Dinks?

To color them, it is best to use sharpie type permanent markers. Keep in mind that colors darken as the plastic shrinks. You can also use colored pencils to color shrinky dinks, but the standard, clear kind will need to be sanded lightly in order for the color to transfer onto the plastic.

What has #6 plastic?

Number 6 plastic stands for polystyrene (PS) or styrofoam. This is one of the plastic recycling codes that must be avoided or, at least, reused as it is hard to recycle 6 plastic.

Can you make Shrinky Dinks in the microwave?

Do NOT use a microwave oven when baking Shrinky Dinks. Only a conventional or a toaster oven will shrink your shapes. Watch the shapes as they bake and don’t allow them to curl so tightly that they stick to themselves.

Can you print onto Shrinky Dink paper?

Shrinky Dinks Ink Jet 6 Sheet Creative Pack lets you make unique plastic pieces out of photos, screen-grabs or art created on your computer. Just feed the sheet into your ink jet printer, print out your design, then color, bake and shrink.

Can you use water based markers on Shrinky Dinks?

Most markers (unless you’re using paint markers) are water based to do not heat-set. Therefore, they never dry. If you’re using the glossy shrink plastic, you can scruff it up with fine sandpaper and definitely use your chalks and watercolor pencils.

What is Shrinky Dink paper called?

Shrinky Dinks (also known as “Shrinkles”) is a children’s toy and activity kit consisting of sheets of polystyrene which can be cut with standard household scissors.