Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SHRINKY DINK 101

if you haven't been able to tell by now...i love me some shrinky dinks!...i never played with 'em as a kid...so i guess i'm making up for lost time!...lol...anywho...the only problem i sometimes run in to...is figuring out for a finished project...what size do i start out with?...well...came up with this little idea and it's been smooth shrinking ever since!...lol...

here's what you're going to start out with...a piece of shrinky dink (i choose white for this one...and cut it at 1 1/2"inches by 10" inches), a ruler, a hole punch and an oven ( i wasn't able to put it on my craft table too...so i left it in the kitchen...lol)

using your ruler...mark out all the inch increments...make 'em pretty visible...you still want to be able to see when it's shrunk!..

 
now...i like to hang mine...so punch a hole on the end...gotta go with a regular size punch...if you go too small...it'll close up...

 
up to the kitchen for this next step...you'll want to shrink according to directions...and taa dah!...here's the finished product!...i took one of those beaded keychains that i got at m's and put through the hole...that way...it's ready to hang!...

 
wanted to show a side by side...letting you see the difference between pre-shrunk and post shrunk...pretty cool, huh?...now...whenever i'm feeling like shrinky dinking it up...i just grab my little ruler and there's no problem!...

 
****just a note...that the clear and white shrink differently...so if you also use the ruff and ready then i'd suggest doing one of those too!...

7 comments:

It's Jenn! said...

GREAT idea! I have never played with shrinkydinks but it's on my to do list. This will make it all much easier!

Maureen Reiss said...

I also love shrinkydinks, they're just sooo fun
Thanks.

TheLastOfNine said...

It is an excellent idea, I am always wondering if something will be too small once it shrinks.

Gloria

- - Sheryl - - said...

awesome- I did play with them as a kids - and need to do so now as an adult!

jessnlinda said...

That is very clever!! now off to the store to find some!!! thnks
Linda :)

paperscissors said...

very useful tip for when i try this technique again...made keychains the last time 7 years ago

The6ofusinca said...

Awesome idea!!!! That is one handy little helper when dealing with shrinkpaper. I wasted a bunch last time, my cuts were waaaayyyy to small! lol!
tfs!

xoxo
Jen

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