Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

December 16, 2013

Old Time Crafts

I used to love Shrinky Dinks and Make It Bake It kits back in the 70s.  Some of these items are enjoying a resurgence thanks to Pinterest craft ideas.  

I found the doggie kit in Michael's Crafts and picked it up because it was just $2.99 and it's really cute.  The Shrinkies is a 1960's themed kit and I didn't realize that all the designs were precut and pre-drawn and just needed to be coloured.  I thought I would have to first trace & cut the designs.  But that was was a snowy afternoon and I was watching 'Amadeus' so I coloured all of the designs in one sitting.  

 Here's a batch in the oven, in mid shrink

The one on the left was once as big as the one on the right!

Large size designs ready to go in.

And here's the plate of all the shrinkies post-oven!

And here's my doggie suncatcher.  I actually had to bake this one twice.  The first time there were quite a few spaces that needed additional beads.

I forgot how much I like the smell of melting plastic.


  1. Ha! Oh the memories this brings back. Yep, melting plastic was very "60's", wasn't it? I saw those in Michaels the other day and thought of you!

  2. Never heard of these.

  3. Anonymous1:51 PM

    They all look very festive :0)

  4. Wow! You just brought me back to my childhood. I LOVED Shrinky Dinks. I didn't know they still made them.

  5. Oh I've never seen these before they would be great to do with the kids I don't think we ever had them here.