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We love making shrinky dinks at Little Sprouts! So we came up with these St. Patrick’s Day shrinky dink patterns to share for March!
Shrinky dink plastic
There are so many fun things you can do with shrinky dinks. Instead of buying a kit, we use recycled plastic or buy the sheets and make up our own projects. From keychains to bracelets, rings, necklaces, gift tags, ornaments and more!
Use your imagination and get started because it is SO fun!
To make shrinky dinks, you make a design, cut it out, and bake it in the oven. It shrinks up to roughly 1/3 the size it started. It’s magical to watch and the resulting thick, intense plastic piece is so cool.
If your shrinky dinks curl up, press them down using an oven mitt while they are still warm.
- shrinky dink plastic
- something to color the shrinky dinks with
- hole punch
- cookie sheet
- findings to add
Shrinky dink templates
We’ve got some fun St. Patrick’s day Shrinky Dink Patterns here for you. But we also have a ton of other shrinky dink ideas for all time of the year. Check them out here:
- Printable Shrinky Dinks for the 4th of July
- Halloween Shrinky Dink Patterns
- Shrinky Dink Christmas Ornaments with Free Printable Patterns
- Shrinky Dink Handprint Keychains
How to make shrinky dinks:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Print the template on paper
- Place the plastic smooth side down on top of your pattern and trace with black
- Color the image
- Cut out the shrinky dink
- Hole punch the top (if you’re planning to make a necklace or keychain)
- Place the shrinky dink on a cookie sheet with the rough side up and the smooth side down (I like to use parchment paper on the pan)
- Place the pan in the oven and turn on the light and watch the magic happen. Once it starts shrinking, the whole process only takes about a minute
- Once it’s flat, let it bake about 30 more seconds
- Allow to cool
Use a jump ring for a keychain, attach a ribbon, chain, or piece of leather for a necklace or bracelet, use earring findings for earrings, attach a leather strap for a luggage tag, just use your imagination and you’ll come with all kinds of ways to use shrinky dinks for every occasion.
For more St. Patrick’s Day ideas, check these out:
- St. Patricks Day Preschool Crafts
- St. Patricks Day Gnome Coloring Sheets
- St. Patricks Day Leprechaun Coloring Sheets