The Ultimate Guide to Craft Materials:
Welcome to my part of – The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials. Each day a different blogger will feature a kid’s craft material to create an amazing resource! If you’re a regular crafter with children or a newbie this GUIDE will be the best resource you will find in 2014! I chose shrinky dink paper to inspire everyone with a beloved craft from my childhood. Please keep reading to find out much more about shrinky dinks and how to use it.
Many of you growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s are probably very aware of Shrinky Dinks. You may have been given a pack with Smurfs, Rainbow Bright, Pac Man, GhostBusters, or Mr. T already printed on the Shrinky Dink paper for you to color in. You then had to watch like a hawk while the oven worked it’s magic.
Today you can purchase plain shrinky dink paper in a variety of sizes, colors, and sheens. You can then print your own images or trace your own images for whatever character your heart or child’s heart desires.
There is even a Shrinky Dinks Machine- Yes, you read that right. A machine that is similar to the Easy Bake Oven that heats up via lightbulb to shrink your images! I only know this because my children were given one second hand from a family with children 6 years and 8 years older than mine. We have put the machine to use during the Summer when it would be way too hot to heat up the house.
We were invited to a Despicable Me party for one of our friends, but had nothing themed to wear. We turned to our trusty shrinky dinks. We printed a coloring page off the internet and shrunk it down. We then traced over it onto the shrink paper. We colored the minions in and hole punched the tops. Once shrunk they made nice earrings and a necklace charm.
(I had some really great in the process pics that have mysteriously disappeared from out PC! So I had to take a few more quick ones this AM. Sorry for not having a full tutorial!)
Wanna find out about all the other craft materials featured? Check them out right here:
Googly Eyes – Craftulate
Foil – Sow Sprout Play
Pipe Cleaners – B-Inspired Mama
Fabric – Mama Smiles
Tape – The Craft Train
Felt – Tutus and Teaparties
Straws – LalyMom
Styrofoam Balls – Great Googa Moogas
Craft Sticks – P is for Preschooler
Glitter – ZingZingTree
Wax Paper – The Eyes of a Boy
Clay – Afterschool for Smarty Pants
Sand – Little Bins for Little Hands
Pom Poms – Sugar Aunts
Contact Paper – Simple. Home. Blessing.
Rice – Powerful Mothering
Paint – Royal Baloo
Paper Bags – Suzy Homeschooler
Crayons – True Aim Education
Pasta – Peakle Pie
Construction Paper – Home Grown Friends
Glue – The Fairy and the Frog
Recyclables – Happiness is Homemade
Chalk – Child Central Station
Buttons – School Time Snippets
Feathers – Juggling with Kids
Craft Foam Sheets – Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Beads – Living Montessori Now
Yarn – Crayon Box Chronicles
Cardboard – Princess and the Rock
Tissue Paper – Stir the Wonder
Corks – Makeovers and Motherhood
Seashells – Creative World of Varya
Stones – The Mad House
Shrinky Dink Paper – Something 2 Offer
Flowers and Trees – Danya Banya
Food (for edible crafts) – My Buddies and I
Cups – The Chaos and The Clutter
Sequins – Teach Me Mommy
Magnets – Diapers-n-Heels
Paper Plates – How We Learn
Ribbon – Here Come the Girls
Markers – Cheap Crafty Mama
Paper Mache – Scribble Doodle and Draw
Jars – Happily Ever Mom
Socks – Vicki Arnold
Wheels – ALLterNATIVE Learning
Stampers – Playful Learners
Play Dough – Powerful Mothering
Clothespins – Wildflower Ramblings
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Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
Making Shrinky Dinks into earrings and a necklace is a great idea! (I hope you had fun at the Despicable Me party – we love that movie!)
There is a shrinky dinks machine?! I’m so out of the loop! I used to love these as a kid! Adding them to my list of activities to do!
Can’t wait to check out all of the ideas! I keep meaning to do shrinky dinks with my kids–I know they’ll love them!