You read that right...shrinkie dinks from to-go boxes. To be exact, #6 plastic to-go boxes. I've seen this all over Pinterest and the interwebs lately but I've always been skeptical of it. But I really wanted to try it with my kiddos for my up-cycle/re-cycle workshop.
I managed to score a donation of plastic to-go boxes from my local market (my thinking, even if they don't work then at least they were free!). I cut out all the flat square panels from the top and bottom of the boxes for the kiddos, so in class all they had to do was draw and cut out their shapes. Then a quick 3 minute cook in the oven on a tin-foiled cookie sheet at 350*...and guess what...they really freakin' work! Just like the shrinkie dink kits! They were fun to watch because they curl up as they shrink then flatten out again just as they're finishing cooking.
|I made one to test out first, just in case these turned into a burning mound of melted plastic...|
|Shrunken! This is now on my keychain!|
|Some of the kiddos' before...|
|Loved this one! She made 4 little scenes on the big piece then cut them out and they still fit together after they shrunk!|
|I got a little ambitious and tried shrinking half of a box whole...didn't go so well...|