Do you remember the Shrinky Dink craze where you could get kits with the plastic printed with images which you coloured in, then shrank in the oven? Apparently, the women who came up with the idea of the kits found a craft in a magazine where you drew pictures or designs on plastic lids before shrinking them in the oven. You don’t have to buy the shrink plastic if you can find some #6 plastic!


  • 1 sheet shrink film (a.k.a shrinky dink plastic) or #6 plastic
  • lots of permanent markers, in different colours
  • 1 hole punch
  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 sheet baking paper
  • 1 silicone baking mat
  • 1 oven
  • 1 chain
  • some jump rings
  • 1 clasp


  1. Either buy some shrink film at a craft shop or look through your recycling for clear plastic marked with #6 - often sushi box lids are this type of plastic.
  2. Decide what charms you would like on your bracelet and draw the designs (or trace them) on the plastic. Colour the designs in and then cut them out, making sure there are no sharp corners. Keep in mind that colours will intensify with shrinking and each charm will be about a third of its original size.
  3. Punch holes in each piece of plastic, for attaching the charm to the bracelet.
  4. Place the charms on baking paper on the baking tray and cover with the silicone mat. The mat prevents the charms from curling over onto themselves and sticking together as they shrink.
  5. Place them in an 180C oven for 2 minutes. Leave to cool for a few minutes before lifting the mat, to ensure the charms are flat.
  6. Attach jump rings to each charm through the holes punched earlier. Attach the charms to the chain using the jump rings. Attach the clasp to one end of the chain.

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  • not_amanda
    • 03 Jul 2014
      10:39 am

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  • I remember doing this as a kid!


  • Didn’t know about shrinking plastic

    • But now I do I think I might give it a go


  • My niece really loved this. Thanks


  • I’d forgotten about shrinkies. Kids would love to create a masterpiece to keep. Thanks


  • I used to love this as a kid!!


  • All I need is #6 plastic?! Easy! I recycle it all the time; never knew I could shrink it. Yay! So excited now. Thank you!


  • Wow! Didn’t know no6 recycling would do the same! Brilliant idea. We have done this with sheets of shrink art paper to make personalised gift tags (don’t forget to pre-punch holes).


  • This would be a cute idea for making tags and stickers too =) Also magnets would be nice too… Thanks for sharing =) Definitely going to at least attempt this one =P


  • lovely piece of work….kiddie girls….can just do this as they please


  • Cool. A great activity for older kids.


  • Very cute idea for young girls


  • Yes both my daughters will love these. Very good!


  • this is soooo awesome….. i never knew that the #6 plastic coul dbe reused like this :)


  • wonderful art project for kids


  • This is really original. Thank you.


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