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How to Make Shrinky Dink Rings

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Summer is here! Well for most kids it is…mine still have another week and a half. Since today is the first day of summer for the majority of OC kids, we are starting our “Dog Days of Summer Activity Series”. Every Monday through Friday, we will feature a new activity to help keep your kids busy during those “dog days of summer.” Today we are sharing how to make Shrinky Dink Rings. These are super fun, super easy, and can keep your kids busy for hours.

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Supplies needed:

Shrinky Dink Paper (can be found at Michael’s craft store)
Scissors
Oven
plastic gloves
Ruler
Colored pencils

How do you make them! It is easy!

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1. Use a ruler to measure 1 1/2 inch strips.

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2. Cut the strips, and round out the edges of each strip.

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3. Let your kids imagination run wild! Have them use the colored pencils to create their own masterpieces of the strips of shrinky dink plastic.

4. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.
5. When the oven is warm, toss in a shrinky dink for about 10-15 seconds.

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6. Once the shrinky dink has shrunk this is where it gets tricky.

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7. You can use a round item (like a glue stick) to make it warm, or just roll it up in the oven. **This is important. You have about 2-4 seconds to make it round**

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8. Don’t get frustrated if your first couple do not turn out, that is normal. I would recommend making a couple of test rings before using the kids artwork.

Viola! Your kids will now have their own summer shrinky dink rings to giveaway to a friend or wear during the summer months.

Check back tomorrow for our next “Dog Days of Summer Activity Series” right here at the OC Mom Blog!

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