12 Crafts of Christmas – Day #10, Recycled Shrink Art

Day 10 Craft: Recycled Shrink Art

If you have never witnessed the magic of shrinking plastic, this is the craft for you. There is pre-packaged plastic one can use to make the shrinky dinks. 

For this craft, we are going to use #6 recyclable plastic. Look for this symbol on any clear plastic.

Download our patterns here

3 Wisemen, Fleur de Lis and a Star/Compass with Gold. Frankincense and Myrrh.

The Ten Commandments

Then God spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before[a] me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

18 When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid[d] and trembled and stood at a distance, 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.” 21 Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

Making Shrink Art

 What you will need:

~ #6 plastic (we used baking pan tops from foil pans we purchased at the dollar store)
~ Patterns
~ Scissors
~ oven and cookie sheets
~ parchment paper
~ Permanent markers
~ hole punch
~ Twine

Begin with your #6 plastic. We cut the outside parts off to have a flat sheet to dry on. 
Be careful. The plastic can be quite brittle and crack on its own.


Print your patterns and place them under the plastic sheet. Using a black permanent marker, draw your outlines.

Fill in the outlines with colored permanent marker. Carefully cut out your shapes. Remember the plastic is very brittle so don’t try to cut too closely.
Punch holes where needed.



Pre heat your over to 350 degrees. Place your pieces on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Time to bake !!!

Place the sheet into the oven and stand by!

They will begin to curl but be patient. Check them every 30 seconds or so.


They will ball up and roll around like they have a life of their own.
And then, they will flatten out.

Remove from the oven and, if needed, flatten with a spatula.

Allow to cool.

Gather your gold, frankincense and myrrh, and the “guiding” star. Attach them using twine.


Add pin backs, magnets or whatever you can imagine to your creations.

Day 11 

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