A Tiny Bit of Fun

When I was recently setting up my studio, I spent a fair amount of time cleaning and organizing. Buried deep in the closet, I found a crate of nostalgia. It was filled with supplies for some of the crafts that I made with my daughter when she was younger. There was Play-Doh, construction paper, origami paper, a loom for making potholders, and three small pieces of Shrinky Dink plastic. The dried Play-Doh and faded construction paper ended up in the trash, but I set aside the three pieces of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Shrinky Dinks are one of those things that are just plain fun to make whether you are 5 or 75. When my daughter was little, she made one that was a drawing of two horses, a mare and foal. She cut it out in the shape of a heart. It hung on her backpack for quite awhile, but somewhere along the way, it was lost.

In case you've never had the pleasure of making Shrinky Dinks, here's how it works.

First, you use colored pencils to draw your design on the special plastic. The Shrinky Dink kits all come with traceable patterns.

Since I only had the plastic and no kit, I found some Disney images we can use to adorn our backpacks or lanyards when we go to Walt Disney World later this year.

I picked Dug, the dog from the movie Up, one of the aliens from the Toy Story movies, and my favorite, the "No Disco Dancing" image that is on all the safety signs on the Disney rides.

Once, you've drawn and colored your pictures, you cut them out and punch a hole in them if you are going to attach a chain or clip to them.

Finally, you pop them in the oven (or Shrinky Dink maker, if you they still even make them) and watch the magic as your image curls up, shrinks, and flattens into a perfect little charm or tag.

After you let them cool, attach a clip and you're ready to go.

They are a tiny bit of fun to make and to use!



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