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Jun 01 2012
6 years ago
5:44 PM MST

Happy Friday: Homemade Shrinky Dinks

Jun 01, 2012 @ 5:44 PM MST
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Sent from reader, Tera of The Accidental Blogger:

I thought your readers might be interested in how to make homemade Shrinky Dinks. I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, Shrinky Dinks were all the rage. A couple of years ago, I was thrilled to discover that they’re still available to purchase, however, I was dismayed at how expensive they are.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that you can make Shrinky Dinks yourself for FREE using items from your recycling bin! All you need is #6 plastic: polystyrene (look for the recycling symbol with a #6 PS in it). You’re looking for the thin, clear plastic, not Styrofoam.

All you do is draw on the plastic with permanent markers (we used the set of Sharpies that I got from Staples for $3 that Hip2Save posted about a few months ago), cut out, and bake them in a 350 degree oven until they’re done shrinking–ours took about 3 minutes. Just like Shrinky Dinks you buy in the store, they will shrink to 1/3 of their original size, and be 5 to 6 times thicker.


Do you have a funny, “Hip”, or unique photo to share?! Email us at happyfriday@hip2save(dot)com. Every Friday, I will post one photo, submitted by you and/or another Hip2Save reader, that gives us a glimpse into your frugal lifestyle or simply makes us smile. If your photo is published on Hip2Save, we’ll email you a $10 Amazon e-card!

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