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How to Make Shrinky Dinks Using your Printer

Shrinky DinksI’m a huge fan of Shrinky Dinks!  I made them as a child with my mom and I still make Shrinky Dinks today as an adult.  Melissa submitted her blog post on how to make Shrinky Dinks using her ink jet printer and I just couldn’t wait to show you.

Shrinky Dink Pin

I made Shrinky Dink pins for my Jr. League kitchen crew to wear on our ball caps. The caps are part of our uniform along with sneakers, long-sleeve t-shirts and pants.

Melissa hooked us up with a fabulous pictured tutorial with step by step instruction so you can make any design you want at home!

Shrinky Dink

Personally, I’ve used Shrinky Dinks for so many things:

  1. Tip Junkie beaded bookmarks
  2. Tip Junkie blog button cuff bracelet
  3. Jane Austen shrinky dink bracelets
  4. Pride and Prejudice pendant necklace & Camp-belles Soup necklace


  1. Kimberli Gabaldon

    I tried to follow this post to find the instructions on how to make your own shrinkydinks using an inkjet printer. I was unsuccessful. Could you please send me a direct link please? Thank you so much

  2. [email protected]

    Here’s the direct link to the tute. Laurie just missed adding the “l” to the end of the link.


  3. Laurie

    Thank you SO much for letting me know the link was broken. I’ve fixed it but here it is again: http://sillybeeschickadees.blogspot.com/2010/09/shrink-dink-doo.html

    Let me know if you need any help. I make them every couple months so I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  4. Melissa at Silly Bee's Chickadees

    Thanks for sharing my tutorial, Laurie! I hope some of your Tip Junkies will give it a try and have as much fun as I did!

  5. Nicole

    I love the shrinky dink ideas! I’m going to play with it and make bookmarks for red ribbon week. I’m hoping the “dink” part can be double sided. If you know it can be double sided will you let me know? Thanks again for this great idea!

  6. Melissa at Silly Bee's Chickadees

    Hi, Nicole! Unfortunately, the inkjet sheets can not be printed on both sides. I did, though, test writing on the back side of the Dink with a light colored permanent marker. It totally worked. I just put my name and the date on the back. I think I used a pink marker and it came out a hot pink.

  7. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor

    Very cute project! I forgot how great shrinky dinks can look. Will have to dig around the studio and see if I can find mine. Would be a fun material to add to my polymer clay jewelry!

  8. Michelle

    I just started getting into shrinky dinks. I have talked to a lot of people and they all “did them as a kid”. I never did them. Don’t get me wrong I had great parents I guess they never got around to introducing me to them. haha. I fell in love with them so much I started a website. I have so much to learn and there seems to be so many ways you can do stuff with them.

  9. kaye

    I tried to print on the Shrinky Dink paper with two of my printers. My printers print wonderful photos but it just does not work on Shrinky Dink paper. The ink never dries and sometimes dissolves. What type of printer should I use?

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