Remember making shrinky dinks when you were younger? You’d put a piece of shrink plastic into the oven and watch it get smaller and harder to create a 3D trinket that you adored.
No longer just a thing of the past, this nostalgic craft has now come back onto the DIY radar with extreme force! From cool brooches and pin-on ‘flair’, to Christmas ornaments, rings, necklace pendants, decorative garlands, and so much more – there’s just no stopping the humble shrinky dink!
That’s why we’ve rounded-up 40 of the most amazing DIY shrinky dink plastic crafts on the planet. Trust us, there’s sure to be several projects below that you’ll want to sink your teeth into!
You can create a holiday snow globe featuring a 3D version of you and your family, thanks to the humble craft material that is shrink plastic (a.k.a shrinky dinks!) What a clever idea from A Kailo Chic Life.
Did you know that you can even create your own shrinky dink ring dishes? Neither did we! Thankfully, Alisa Burke knew, so she put together this helpful tutorial.
Speaking of Alisa Burke, here’s another clever DIY shrinky dink tutorial from the crafter. This time, she’s created these Valentine heart pins!
Fancy making some cute shrinky dink pendant bracelets? Follow this awesome tutorial from Bonjour Darling to see how it’s done!
BuzzFeed are also getting in on the DIY shrinky dink action by creating these cool lapel pins. There’s also a step-by-step video via Pinterest to help you make your own!
Who wouldn’t want to wear a beautiful butterfly on their blouse? Now you can, thanks to this incredible tutorial from Coco and Co Create!
Want to remind yourself (or your loved ones) of some pretty nifty New Year’s goals and resolutions? Simply create these DIY shrinky dink bracelets from Consumer Crafts!
Creating shrinky dink portraits of your loved ones has never been so easy! Craft and Creativity turned hers into these DIY earrings, but you’ll have to check out the full tutorial to find out more.
Wow, this DIY shrinky dink version of a diamond ring looks pretty unique! This tutorial via Craftster makes it look as easy as 1,2,3.
We can’t believe you can even turn empty bags of crisps into shrinky dink pendants! Do It and How is certainly a genius.
How beautiful is this vintage-inspired bird? Turning it into wearable art is as easy as investing in some affordable shrink plastic. Thanks Dream a Little Bigger for the tutorial!
Is there anything this material can’t do? eHow proves that you can also create some fantastic shrinky dink rings to adorn your fingers or give as gifts to loved ones.
Speaking of shrinky dink rings, how gorgeous are these DIY floral versions from Eighteen25? We’ll have one for every finger please!
Now your pooch or kitty can get in on the shrinky dink action too – just ask Everyday Dishes! She has created these DIY pet tags using shrink plastic.
If you also want to take your beloved pet with you everywhere you go, now you can! Fabulessly Frugal will show you how to turn your fur baby’s photo into a shrinky dink pendant.
We adore these DIY cacti shrinky dinks, especially how you can turn them into pendants to adorn your most favorite necklaces. Well done Gloria Fort for this incredible idea!
Shrinky dink bookmarks are way more durable than paper ones, don’t you think? Got to Teach has this nifty DIY tutorial to help you whip some up in no time!
Take those treasured painted hand prints with you wherever you go by turning them into DIY shrink plastic keychain versions. What a wonderful gift idea from Grey House Harbor!
Shrinking mitten garland anyone? Handmade Charlotte posted this clever and crafty tutorial which is perfect for decorating the home with in the winter months.
Some fun shapes (such as donuts) can create the most amazing jewelry creations – just as Happiness is Homemade has proven with this fun DIY tutorial!
Shrinky dink crafts let you get super creative. Haus Panther has actually created this DIY wraparound cat ring using the material – So good!
How About Orange has created some fun phrase shrinky dink pendants – how cool are they? We can think of lots of uses for this DIY project!
Love Pokémon? I Heart Crafty Things has created her own shrinky dink bracelet featuring her favorite species. Gotta catch ‘em all!
You can also make some really awesome DIY name tags using shrink plastic. Lia Griffith made this bunch, but she’ll also show you how it’s done through her helpful tutorial!
Want to wear your favorite Polaroid photos around your neck? Now you can – just be sure to follow this wonderful tutorial via Make Zine!
Add some rainbows and unicorns to your day by making these DIY shrinky dink pendants from Make and Tell. Both adults and children alike will love these colorful creations!
Here’s a DIY project using shrink plastic that adults can enjoy. Midwestern Moms used the material to create DIY wine charms. Clever!
Fancy making a DIY Halloween accessory that will turn heads? Minted Strawberry created these ornate spiderweb earrings inspired by shrinky dinks. Spooky!
Here’s another DIY shrinky dink craft that’s inspired by things that go ‘bump’ in the night! Minted Strawberry has also made a filigree bat necklace.
Here’s one DIY keychain that parents will treasure for life. My Frugal Adventures cleverly came up with using shrink plastic to replicate kids’ drawings as 3D keychain pendants. So sweet!
Not only will this tutorial from Ooly tell you how to create your own shrinky dinks, but it’ll also give you ideas and templates – how great is that?!
Now you can turn your favorite emoji into DIY flair (a.k.a shrinky dink brooch goodness). Persia Lou created some fabulous ones and is here to show you exactly how she did it!
Does it get any cuter than these DIY cacti shrinky dinks from Popcorn and Chocolate? We love how vibrant and colorful they are!
You can also use shrink plastic to create realistic snowflake ornaments, as Sarah Jane’s Craft Blog demonstrates in this instructional tutorial. You can hang them on your Christmas tree or window!
With this DIY shrinky dink necklace, you’ll feel as though your loved ones are with you wherever you go! Somewhat Simple is the clever crafter behind this project.
This fun and feminine DIY necklace from Stay at Home Artist is one of our favorites. We just love this idea so much!
Fancy creating a set of Paris inspired jewelry, all using shrink plastic? Thankfully, The Graphics Fairy is here to show you how!
The House That Lars Built has come up with some nifty DIY shrinky dinks to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We love how creative and colorful these are!
Trust The La La to come up with something this on-trend and wonderful! These DIY shrinky dink pendants will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Celebrate your furry friend by creating a metallic silhouette pendant of them – using shrink plastic of course! This is one simple, yet stunning project from With Lovely.
There you have it – 40 DIY shrinky dink crafts that are a whole lot of fun! Which projects were your favorites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!