This is one of those projects that I feel conflicted about sharing. On the one hand, it was fun and added a few sparkly colors to our window. On the other hand, I don’t particularly want to encourage people to go out and buy a bunch of shrink plastic sheets (aka Shrinky Dinks). This projects creates a lot of plastic waste and in no way qualifies as eco-friendly.
That said, I already have these plastic sheets, and I might as well use them up. Although, along with balloons and plastic beads, when our supply is gone, I won’t be replacing them. However, I hear that you can use plastics #6 to make your own DIY Shrinky Dinks, so if you can’t recycle plastics #6 in your area (we can), by all means, try out this project.
First I drew circles onto the plastic sheets and New Kid helped me color them in.
Then I cut out the circles and punched a small hole in the top of each one.
New Kid helped by placing them on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
They really curled up! At first I was disappointed that they weren’t flat but the curled shapes reminded me of shells so it was a happy accident.
At first I tried to string the “shells” on invisible thread, but that stuff is
a *(^^%$# hard to work with so I used regular thread instead, which was just fine, anyway. When you thread the shells, tie a knot around the hole at the desired spacing so they don’t all just slip to the bottom.
It is next to impossible to get a lovely photo with our lovely fire escape covered view, especially as the building next to us has not yet realized they are due for some brick sealing work. Instead I will make the photo look all arty-smarty with the poloroid-ing feature:
This project could so easily be adapted for so many purposes like a holiday garland, just by choosing different shapes and colors. Plus, hanging a bunch of them together in the window would be lovely.