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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Turning Photos into Shrinky Dinks

For another Father's Day project I thought it would be fun to convert a photo into a Shrinky Dink. It's a nice alternative to a framed photo and it doesn't take up much space. After creating this, my mind's been racing with other ideas. For instance, I'm planning on making a whole set of our family for monopoly pieces. ShrinkyDink busts perhaps? The possibilities are endless.

Directions Below.

ShrinkyDinks Paper - There are two kinds you can buy, regular and printer friendly. For this project I used the regular kind only because that's what was on hand. I'm sure the printer friendly ShrinkyDinks paper would work better since it's made for the printer. You can purchase this at most craft stores

E 6000 glue (found at most craft stores)


Here's the picture I started with (8 1/2" by 11"). I recommend one that has a clear outline of the figure. Also, select an image with good contrast.

I changed my image to a black and white picture simply because this is how I envisioned the project( you could keep it in color. Print the image on the ShrinkyDink paper. Let dry. Cut out the shape of the image (refer to picture above). Place in oven and follow the ShrinkyDink's directions. As soon as you take it out flatten it with a book.

Cut out a right triangle of the ShrinkyDink paper and shrink it. Glue to the back of the image with E6000 glue. Done.


Stacy said...

Oh I bet your kids love playing with these!

Ginger said...

Great idea, yup kids would love this and so would there dads you come up with some wonderful ideas.
The earrings are lovely and that glue its the best.thank you for the sharing again my friend great posting.

zakkalife said...

stacy rae - they do!

ginger - thanks for your kind words :)

Unknown said...

oh..this is what a shrinky dink. I had no idea, certainly good ro father's day !!

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Threeundertwo said...

Further proof that you are just brilliant. I love the monopoly pieces idea!

Thinkinfyou said...

Greatest idea EVER! I will be going out today and buying Shrinky Dink paper!!

Thanks so much!

mushroommeadows said...

i LOVE shrinky dinks!!! What a cute project, for sure! :)

Anonymous said...

I agree it's a great alternative to framed pictures!

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Unknown said...

I like your blog so much! I just saw the shinky dink thing in another blog and she is recycling #6 plastic! Check it out!
I got to it thanks to this one, that has GREAT ideas for having fun with kids!

hope you find them useful

MommyLydia said...

Where do you find shrinky dink paper?

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