What plastic containers can be used for shrinky dinks?

Yep – plain old #6 containers make the perfect shrinky dink art. You can reuse plastic you may have got from ordering take out – or you can purchase some at your dollar store. Any #6 plastic will work – just make sure it says #6 on the bottom of the plastic.

Can you make shrinky dinks with plastic bottles?

Shrinky dinks are made with plastic you draw on and then shrink in the oven. You can use plastic takeout containers to make homemade shrinky dinks that are just like the ones you buy at the craft store.

What can you use instead of shrinking plastic?

Soda and other beverages sometimes come in colored bottles. Plastic cups and plates are often highly colored. Shrink plastic can be decorated with alcohol inks and stamps, permanent markers or acrylics. If the plastic surfaced is roughened a little with fine sandpaper, colored pencils can also be used.

What plastic can shrink in the oven?

Some plastics will shrink when you get them hot. Two of these are polystyrene, the material in foam cups and plastic food containers, and the other is polyester, from which soda bottles are made. You can make your own shrinking polymers by baking polystyrene in a regular oven!

Can I use 1 plastic for Shrinky Dinks?

I found that 6 is hard to find, but I had tons of #1 plastic so I tried it with both. The 6 definitely worked better, but they both worked. The #1 didn’t flatten out as well, but it did shrink, so experiment with #1 if that’s all you have (The large heart in my photos was made with #1).

Where can I find #6 plastic?

So PS 6 plastic can be found in:

  • Disposable drinking cups.
  • CD, DVD cases.
  • Egg cartons.
  • Food containers to-go and disposable cutlery.
  • Insulation, including building insulation.

How do you make Shrinky Dinks out of plastic containers?

Place the plastic on a thin cookie sheet (not the insulated type) covered with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake plastic at 350 degrees for 2- 3 minutes. Each oven is different so watch closely. You will see the plastic curl up and then it will flatten back out.

Can you use soda bottles for Shrinky Dinks?

It was made with the bumpy bottoms of half liter soda bottles that were shrunk in the oven a la Shrinky Dinks. (There was also a room divider made using the same technique at the gallery). I love it because it uses trash-pickable items, to create something functional and pretty.

Can you bake Shrinky Dinks on foil?

Bake in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Shrinky Dinks® do not work with microwave ovens! Place Shrinky Dinks® pieces, colored side up, on tray or cookie sheet covered with foil or brown paper. Heat at 325°F (163°C) for 1 to 3 minutes.

Can you use #3 plastic for Shrinky Dinks?

Batch #3 was the best shrinky dink, in that they shrunk well, thickened well, and stayed flat.

Can you make Shrinky Dinks with #1 plastic?

Number 1 plastic shrinks a little, but not much and also sometimes just turns white and curls – it’s not a good material for DIY shrinky dinks.

Can you make Shrinky Dinks with Styrofoam?

Get the kids to decorate the Styrofoam with the markers. They can also cut it into fun shapes. Then bake in 325 F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, till they’ve shrunk. Bear in mind they’re going to shrink dramatically (almost 50 per cent).