80s Shrinky Dink Christmas ornaments
McGeeky and I are quintessential 80s kids. We are quite nostalgic for the decade and love everything from the video games to the cheesy movies. I can’t tell you how many times I have cheered on Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl”! We’ve been adding a bit of that 80s decor to our basement family room and for Christmas this year, McGeeky said I could put up an 80s themed tree! I’m going to buy plenty of themed ornaments, but I wanted to make some as well. One of my favorite crafts I remember doing as a kid is Shrinky Dinks! They just seemed plain magical so I had to have some for my tree.
I bought a pack of plain Shrinky Dink sheets and selected images from the internet to print in a large size. I simply slid the paper under the Shrinky Dinks plastic and traced the image with a Sharpie.
Once my tracing was complete, I colored them in with colored pencils. I recently received some new pencils to try from Prismacolor.
I had some off-brand pencils already so I put them to the test against these nicer ones. Surely, it wouldn’t make a difference. But it actually did. The color of the Prismacolor pencils was more intense and the application was smoother.
It wasn’t until I had used up a lot of the white pencil that a key difference between the two brands came into play — sharpening! I really hate the moment when I have to sharpen my pencils, because they inevitably break. The colored pencils I already owned did just that, but the Prismacolor ones sharpened much better. They didn’t have that weird uneven finish. I know it seems like a small point but it really makes a difference to me!
After coloring all the shapes, I cut them out and used a basic single-hole punch to make sure I had a way to hang them as ornaments. I laid them out on aluminum foil to bake. TIP: Do NOT use an AirBake pan to bake your Shrinky Dinks! I wasn’t sure what was going on until McGeeky strode in and pointed out that the AirBakes that so nicely prevented my cookies from burning on the bottom would not, in fact, allow my Dinks to shrink properly. I quickly transferred them to a regular cookie sheet and they did just fine.
It still amazes me how much they shrink! I just love how they turned out and think they will look adorable on my 80s Christmas tree. My family was quite inspired by this craft. Now, Mini Me wants to make some Harry Potter Shrinky Dink ornaments for her Christmas tree!