14 February 2011

Make a Shrinky Dink cell phone charm

Shrinky dink cell phone charm

My husband made me this adorable cell phone charm: a pixelated Shrinky Dink rose. No doubt inspired by the 8-bit flower bouquet at ThinkGeek, he hand-drew this pattern onto Shrinky Dink plastic, colored it with Sharpie permanent markers, baked it in the oven, and made a sturdy tie out of dental floss. IS THIS CUTE, OR WHAT? (If you want to tell him what you think, he's @rael on Twitter.)

The next time you're stuck indoors with the kids, break out the Shrinky Dinks and see what you can create. You'll be shocked by how much fun you'll have. My daughter printed and traced pictures of her favorite animated characters (currently the cast of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender). I made goofy rainbow window decorations. My son made powerful, magical amulets that, in the wrong hands, could DESTROY THE WORLD.

You could make game pieces, toy money, fridge magnet toppers, jewelery...serious potential.

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There's a blog post out there somewhere about making rings with Shrinky Dinks. It's on our "to-do" list...

Here it is:
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/shrink-plastic-ring-tutorial/

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