Remember Shrinky Dinks? Did you know that plastic #6 containers, frequently used in take-out food containers, can be used just like Shrinky Dinks? I’ve found #6 containers used in cuisine ranging from pizza to Lebanese.
I came across this idea on the Skip to My Lou blog: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/01/07/how-to-make-shrinky-dinks-with-recycled-6-plastic/, and decided to try it out when I was visiting with my friend, Miss B, aged 7.
Miss B was quite the prolific crafter. She made 3 designs, 1 pendant and 2 figurines. Her design for her pendant was Charlie Brown.
I love how Miss B used the wavy design on his chest as a reference to Charlie Brown’s ever-present shirt. She had much greater success than I did in using the silver marker, as evidenced by her pitcher’s mound. In general, I found that the lighter colored markers did not work well for this craft.
Where I was really impressed by her creativity was with her figurines. When I presented the project to her, I’d pitched this endeavor to her as making jewelry; however, she did not want to turn all of her designs into jewelry, and I’m really impressed with how they came out.
Do you see Tinkerbell and the Ballerina? I was blown away by her ability to evoke the characters as she’d planned.
In contrast to my productive little friend, I only made one design, a pendant.
My design shape was inspired by the original form of the plastic. The center of the pizza take out cover was a hexagon shape, and I just followed the lines already in the plastic.
I like how the chevron design worked with the hexagon shape, but I’d like to figure out how to get cleaner lines with the Sharpies.
This activity is great fun for kids and adults. Make sure you leave the oven light on and watch your figures as they shrink up!
If you end up trying this at home, send me your pictures. I’d love to see them!