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Activity Equipment:


  • Shrinky Dink paper  (in your Activity Bag)
  • Key ring (in your Activity Bag)
  • Colored pencils 
  • Permanent pen 
  • Scissors and hole punch
  • Parchment paper or tinfoil
  • Embellishments (optional)


Step 1: Design

Draw your own or use one from our templates.

Trace your design directly onto the Shrinky Dinks paper with a paint pen or Sharpie.

 If you want a 3D effect, trace the image on the smooth side. 

If you draw the outline on the smooth side, once it’s baked you will only see that outline on the smooth side. 

If you draw the outline on the rough side, you will see the outline on both sides once it’s baked.


Step 2: Color

Use your colored pencils to color in the details on the rough side of your paper.

Keep in mind that colors will appear more vibrant and darker once you put your designs in the oven.

Experiment with shading and other coloring techniques to add depth.


Step 3: Cut and Punch

When you cut out your Shrinky Dinks, try to keep your corners rounded and leave room for a regular-sized hole punch above your design if you don’t want to punch directly onto your design.

For the hole, use a regular ¼” hole punch. Anything smaller will close up when you bake and shrink your design.


Step 4: Shrink

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil and place several of your designs on top.

I shrunk 2-3 designs at a time and tried to choose designs that were similar in size.

Space them out so they wont touch when curling up.  It’s normal for your design to curl during the shrinking process.

If your design curls and gets stuck and does not uncurl, open the oven and use an oven mit to flatten the design. You’ll want to watch closely as your designs will shrink quickly.

Once they flatten out, wait 30 seconds before you remove them from the oven.

If some Shrinky Dinks are not completely flat, remove them and immediately put a piece of paper on top of them and a heavy book to help flatten.




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