Updated: Aug 1
Hello gardeners! Today Gardener Kelsey is featuring a nostalgic, fun and creative craft that is fun for gardeners of all ages. Our DIY Shrinky Dink Keychains Craft is as an awesome way to show your #PullYourWeeds® spirit or simply to decorate your backpack for the upcoming school year. Shrinkable plastic is a wonderful craft medium. Encourage your creativity with a variety of design options with an array of cool designs to color, bake, and shrink... gardeners can let their imaginations run wild! Scroll down to watch the video & scroll all the way down to download your Gardening Tool Badge for this activity!
DIY Shrinky Dinks Has Gardener Roots In:
-Minimal Materials Required
-Fun For Gardeners Of All Ages
-Fosters Focusing Skills
-Screen Free Activity
-A Positive Way To Redirect Thoughts
-Crafting Promotes Relaxation
-Great For A Handmade Gift
Gardener Kelsey's Tip: You CAN use plastic #6 from recycled takeout containers- however in her experience, they don't shrink quite as well as if you buy the shrinky dink paper from a craft store.
After drawing on the rough side of the shrinky dink paper using sharpies, colored pencils or paint pens - cut out your designs and hole punch wherever you are going to attach your keychain ring.
Preheat oven to 325ºF and put shrinky dinks on a cookie sheet. Bakefor 1-5 minutes depending on oven heat- ours started to shrink around the 1 minute mark and were fully done by the 2 minute mark. The design will curl as it shrinks, then it will flatten - once the design FLATTENS, bake for an additional 15-30 seconds and then remove from the oven. Let them cool for a few minutes before removing from the sheet.
If you chose to make a keychain, grab your key chain and feed it through the hole punch. add on to your backpack and enjoy! OR if you don't make a hole - use them to decorate your desk, a window, etc!
Hey gardeners, did you do make our DIY Shrinky Dinks Keychains? If so, congratulations, you just earned yourself the 'DIY Shrinky Dinks Keychains' Gardening Tool Badge'!
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