February 2, 2011

Shrinky Dinks Valentine Garland

My youngest son had a fever over the weekend. I could tell he was getting a little restless, as he was not completely down and out. Wondering what we could do that was different and fun, I came across shrinky dinks on a blog that I frequent. Oh, I was so excited! I loved shrinky dinks when I was a kid...certainly my child would be just as amazed as I had. By the way, I tried to go back and find the post so I could give credit to them for inspiring me, but I couldn't find it...sorry whoever you are!

My son and I had fun creating cute little monsters, bumblebees and butterflies.

Just a quick little lesson on shrinky dinks for any of you that don't know what I'm talking about.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way...

I did a before and after photo using a quarter for size reference.

To shrink the shrinky dinks, you bake them in a toaster oven or a regular oven following the manufacturer's instructions. My instructions said to bake at 325 for 3 minutes.

They'll shrink up about 50%. We baked them on a baking sheet lined with brown paper bag. My son and I watched them curl up and then flatten during the shrinking process. It's so fun to watch! I used to love this part when I was a kid!

I wanted to make some sort of Valentine decoration with our creations, so I decided to make a sweet, little garland to hang in my kitchen window.

First, I sewed random buttons on to a few strands of red embroidery thread.

Then I grabbed twine from my husband's workshop.

I wrapped the button thread around a piece of twine to give it an added dimension of interest and texture.

Some craft glue and my shrinky dinks, and I was ready!

A little glob of glue...

position the green little monster on the twine...and let dry!

a little orange monster!

a little blue monster!

another little green monster! My son made this one...it's so cute! he's got one small yellow arm and one giant yellow arm!

I let the little monsters hang out and dry...

...and hung them in my kitchen window!

I think it's kinda cute! I love Valentine's Day! It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside...hearts, candy, love, paper valentines, love notes!

For the sweet little bumblebee my son made, I made a plant pick. I simply took craft glue and adhered a toothpick to the back side of the bee. Easy stuff here people!

It's overcast right now, and not too much natural light in my house, so I brought my plant out into the shivering cold to take a photo...poor little plant!

Dang, I think this bumblebee is my favorite of all!

But then again, there IS this cute little arm with a tattoo heart that my son also made.

This just cracked me up! How did he come up with this? I can't decide what to do with this piece. I gotta think a little bit more on this one!


  1. What a cute project, and a great memory for your son. The little monsters are so sweet!

  2. Cute idea!! I feel his pain, as I have been flat in my bed for the last 2 days with that fever!! Ick! I finally made it to the shower and upright for a bit! I had always heard of shrinky dinks. .but never knew what they were! THanks for sharing

  3. I loved shrinky dinks when I was a kid! Fun project...hope he's soon feeling better!

  4. I still have a shrinky dink in one of my plants that my son made when he was a child - he is now 43!

  5. What a cute idea. Your son is lucky to have such a creative Mom!

  6. What a great idea! I love how the garland came out.

    I loved Shrinky Dinks too, and definitely have to do these with my son soon.

  7. Those are so cute! You know your son will remember that time spent with his mom. I am doing the same thing with my kids at school. Ha ha! It is fun to watch them curl up and shrink.