Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shrinky Dinkies

About 2 weeks ago I bought a Shrinky Dink oven from the thrift store.

It uses a light bulb as the heat source, so it's really just an Easy Bake Oven with a narrower slot. When I bought it I wasn't sure it would be a worthwhile investment, but it turns out that this thing is awesome!

Luke calls Shrinky Dinks Shrinky Dinkies. That cracks me up. I made these two...

They were supposed to be knitting stitch markers, but the hole is only big enough to fit up to a size 5 needle comfortably. Maybe if I find a larger ring I can use them for larger needles. Until then they're just charms. For these I used real Shrinky Dink plastic, but did you know you can use any number 6 plastic for Shrinky Dinks? Yep. Pretty cool. I'm on the lookout for number 6 plastic now because Shrinky Dinks are fun!

EDIT: Here's a link to a tutorial using #6 plastic...it's here on Thrifty Fun. I tried it and it worked great with my Shrinky Dink oven.

Here are Luke's Shrinky Dinks. I wrote the colorful one, of course. He didn't do as good a job spelling his name as he usually does. It's summer, so he hasn't had much practice lately!!


In other news, we aren't leaving for Greece until the 13th now. We were going to leave on the 4th, but my husband is swamped with work. With the economy the way it is, we think it's best to delay our trip. I'm not upset at all since I've got a ton of stuff to do....like, sew, knit and finish some quilts. I should say "clean, do laundry, and change the oil on my car", but eh... priorities, shmriorities.

12 comments:

Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) said...

Good job, Luke! And mommy, too!

Julia said...

Love the shrinkie dinkies!

Allie said...

Love these! I remember doing those as a kid. Fun stuff - good job, Luke!

Heather said...

OK, seriously, this just brought back fantastic memories. How great that you found one. I have to admit that I am going to be keeping my eyes open for one now :). The kiddos would love one. Thanks for sharing

QuiltedSimple said...

How fun will those be?!?!? Love the stitch markers
Kris

Wendy said...

Oh my gosh, Arizona! There is sooo much shrinky dink stuff on the internet!!! Give it a look. There's all kinds of fun Shrinky things to do! =-)

beth said...

it's nice to have quilty, crafty things to do when the husband is swamped...i know...it really helps me...and yes...cooking and cleaning can wait. :)

Laura said...

I always wanted one as a kid and now I want yours for mine, LOL!

Your so cool! Love it.

Jocasta said...

Oh well at least you can see an upside to the shortened trip and you will have a great time anyway!

Robin said...

Wow, I never knew there was a separate oven for Shrinky Dinks! We just made them in the regular oven.

Bonnie the Boss said...

I did a whole bunch of them at thanksgiving in my oven. So much fun! You get #6 plastic at your local bakery. It is the clamshell containers cookies and stuff come in.

Bonnie the Boss said...

Here is a link that might be helpful and give you some ideas.
http://zookpr5.blogspot.com/2008/11/shrinky-dink-fun.html

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