SPC & Netflix: Classic Shrinky Dink Craft Dresses Up a Picture Frame
I don’t recall doing a lot of crafts when I was a kid, maybe it was my late 70s upbringing. Instead we did a lot of unsupervised playing outside until dusk. I remember the time my brother jammed me into the old milk crate my parents had kicking around in the garage and then left me there for the afternoon. Oh, those were the days. However, the one thing I do remember doing was Shrinky Dinks. Do you remember those? I sure do because I loved them. I’m not sure what I did with them when they were completed but I can so vividly remember watching them shrink, flip and flop in the oven as they transformed into my precious piece of art.
On a visit to my parents in the States a few years ago, Scarlett was given a belated gift for some holiday that included a box of Shrinky Dinks. I was so thrilled because A) I needed a craft to keep the child from bouncing off the walls and B) I needed a craft to keep me, holed up in the house one wintery afternoon with a preschooler, from bouncing off the walls. Besides, I hadn’t seen Shrinky Dinks in years and was pretty excited to share their magical dance in the oven with my daughter.
Like everything nowadays, Shrinky Dinks are way better. They come with all sorts of accessories to help turn this oven-baked art into jewellery, backpack tags and key chains. However, we decided that we had our own craft in mind. Using our Shrinky Dink creations and some errant beads from a previous craft project, we decided decorate a frame. A frame with a special picture is craft we like to create often. We always have so many pictures on the go and I think it’s nice that Scarlett likes to have photos of friends and family in her room. It’s such a lovely way for her to feel close to our out of town relatives and friends. They also make great gifts. Our Shrinky Dink creations began a few years ago, and to this day Scarlett likes to include a few Shrinky Dinks in her frame projects. They have so much personality and you can never get tired of watching them bake-up. I guess, when it comes to crafts, it really is like mother, like daughter.
What You Need
A Shrinky Dink Kit (there are so many themed kits to choose from)
A plain picture frame
Beads, feather, shells, or anything other small craft item that fits into your “theme”
What You Do
Follow the package directions to create your Shrinky Dinks.
Clean and dry the surface of your picture frame to prep it for glueing.
Organize all your additional adornments for decoration.
Glue your Shrinky Dinks and other items on to the frame.
Allow the frame to thoroughly dry using your craft glue’s guidelines for drying times.
You might also like
One of the many pleasures I have helping out here at SPC is interviewing and getting to know some other amazing bloggers/influencers/foodies/etc. for Ceri and Laura’s Quick Bites series. This
Did everyone receive our newsletter last week? (It’s never too late to sign up! Just scroll down a little and look to the right….) I included one of my favourite