Shrinky Dinks Flowers and Leaves

I adore working with Shrinky Dinks plastic. For this project, I only needed one sheet. This was such a fun project that I worked on last night, if you have the tools and supplies, you will have so much fun with this. I don’t know what it is about Shrinky Dinks that really gets me going!With a flower shape punch, I punched out several flowers. Then with a small paper hole-punch, center punched each.For the leaves, I used a scalloped edge circle punch and made several circles that I again ran back through the punch in halves to create 2 separate leaves per circle, colored them with a marker and punched small holes in the end of each.Following the Shrinky Dinks heating directions, I baked each flower individually to shrink (about 20 seconds each in my toaster oven), scraped them onto a stack of cut craft foam sheets and immediately, while the flower was warm, squished with the end of a paintbrush to create a bowl effect.I then baked all my leaves at once.With tiny glass beads, headpins, jump rings and pliers, I created the finished flowers.Threading two beads through worked best for the center to stick out a bit from the bowl of the flower. I then stacked the flower and created a bend in the wire.Wrapping the wire around round-nose pliers, I left an opening to thread on one leaf.I finished with a few twists and a snip of the wire cutters.Finally, clustering flowers and leaves with jump rings I made a few different small bouquets pendants.VARIATIONS: Try different flower shapes and coloring techniques. Colored pencils create a very dark and rich result when baked, whereas markers are a bit more subtle. Use a fine-point Sharpie pen to write your childrens’ names or motivational words on the leaves Also, with printable Shrinky Dinks sheets that you can feed through your printer, you can go wild with patterns, etc.

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  1. #1 - Faye says:

    Cathe,this is so pretty.Looks like you had fon with it!Hope You Have A Very Blessed Mothers Day! Blessings, Faye

  2. #2 - the undomesticated wife says:

    OMgosh, I love this! I’ve never had luck with shrinky dinks. Never. This blows everything I’ve seen made of shrinky dinks out of the water. Awesome!

  3. #3 - suzanne cabrera says:

    Just discovered your blog….and I’m lovin’ it!!!!!

    I always though shrinky dinks were meant for more than simply cutting out cartoon figures…this is awesome!!!!!

    So many great things to look at… I’m ready to read on.

  4. #4 - Doreen says:

    This is the absolutely coolest idea! I love these! Would you mind if I posted about this on my blog. I would like to use your picture of the finished flowers. Love These!!

  5. #5 - Chandra says:

    Seriously, you need to write a book! Everything you make is AMAZING!!!

  6. #6 - Whisker Graphics says:

    Seriously, I know I’ve said it before and it deserves to be said again. You ARE a genius! I’ve never seen shrinky dinks look so good. Great project, great photos, great directions! Makes me want to have a craft day. Thanks!

  7. #7 - Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks everyone! This project has been brewing in my head for months. I was giddy when my very first attempt worked last night.

    Doreen, YES! I love that you would share this project. That’s what it’s all about. Let me know when you do so I can come for a visit.

  8. #8 - Cherry Tart Design says:

    I would have never guessed that was made from shrinky dinks! Every time I read your blog I’m blown away by the ideas you post here!

  9. #9 - Karin says:

    I’m with Chandra and Whiskers and all the others who are amazed by your beautiful projects. They are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  10. #10 - Bridget says:

    Ditto what Chandra said, you really should compile your crafts into a book. Every single one is fabulous! I love checking out your tutorials πŸ™‚

  11. #11 - DangAndBlast! says:

    You are so clever! Wonder if this would work with takeout lids as well…

  12. #12 - daisy says:

    Luv this Cathe. Another fabulous & beautiful idea.

  13. #13 - Doreen says:

    Cathe: I blogged about you! Thank you.

  14. #14 - Domestic Designer says:

    What a wonderful project! I am going to try this! Thanks!

  15. #15 - Sandy Toes says:

    Amazing..I will admire from a far!
    sandy toe

  16. #16 - Cottage Way of Life says:

    Who knew Shrinky Dinks could look this good? You have elevated kiddie craft supplies to art!

  17. #17 - Suzy says:

    Wow, what a great deal. I love shrinky Dink. Your idea is incrediable!! So very clever!!

  18. #18 - La Table De Nana says:

    I had never even heard of SD..
    I love the little pink sweet sweet sweet!!!You did a great job.You are meticulous with your artwork and it shows.

  19. #19 - Mermaids of the Lake says:

    I love it! I use shrinky dinks a lot. I will try it soon. Great, sweet, cute idea! This is my first time visiting you. Great blog. Come visit us and enter our giveaway!

    Mermaid Debbie

  20. #20 - beicreations says:

    This is a wonderful lesson! I’m obsessed with flower and leaf beads, now I can just make my own. Thanks! Dee

  21. #21 - Sarah Youde says:

    This is fantastic and you are just too clever for one person πŸ™‚ I am rubbish with shrink plastic but I just have to try and make one of these for my little girl (well, and for me). I may have to do my next blog post about you (that would be 2 in a week!)

  22. #22 - Carol says:

    Oh, heavens, I have some of that stuff left over from Girl Scouts. Now where did I put it???

    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  23. #23 - KnotOriginal says:

    that looks so fun…thanks for sharing!

  24. #24 - Leila Marvel says:

    Super delicious, I love shrinky dinks but I think that your spin is just fabulous. I love how you made them dimensional.

  25. #25 - jen says:

    this is AWESOME!

  26. #26 - Anonymous says:

    They still make shrinky dinks? I love shrinky dinks!

  27. #27 - kristin says:

    This is a wonderful idea! MY mom used to make shrinky dink necklaces for my sister and I when we were kids, but they were never this pretty. I’ll give it a try as soon as I can find that paper!

  28. #28 - says:

    That is fantastic! What a great use for Shrinky-Dinks…so, so pretty! I’ll be linking.

  29. #29 - Annie Pazoo says:

    No way! This is awesome, Cathe!

  30. #30 - TidyMom says:

    What fun!! Cathe, I just can’t say it enough, but you are SO creative!!!


  31. #31 - Blue Castle says:

    You’re amazing. I never would’ve thought you could make something so beautiful from shrinky dinks. Wow.

  32. #32 - Trish says:

    That is super cute! I’ll have to try that someday πŸ™‚

    I felt the same way with the whole 3 column thing, getting used to it though! For how much work it took me to read the html that I don’t want to change it πŸ™‚

  33. #33 - ana lilia says:

    this is the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen made with shrinky dink plastic! i can’t wait to try it out! awesome! thank you!

  34. #34 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    So feminine, such patience! πŸ™‚

  35. #35 - Judy says:

    Love, love your blog!

    Check my blog…I awarded you the friends award.

  36. #36 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Wow! I didn’t know they still made shrinky dinks:-) These are gorgeous!

  37. #37 - Splendid Little Stars says:

    OMG! You are a creative genius! The question is what can’t you make?! (bet the answer is nothing!)

  38. #38 - juanitatortilla says:

    You are SO creative and clever! These shrinky dink flowers are fabulously pretty πŸ™‚

  39. #39 - Miss Mish Mish says:

    That is really amazing, who would have thought? Your necklace is absolutely beautiful!

  40. #40 - My name is PJ. says:

    Cathe, this is truly lovely. Where on earth do you hear about these things? You introduce us to things right and left. It’s dark and damp under this rock where I live…. πŸ™‚

  41. #41 - Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks PJ, Where do I hear about these things? This one came from the little voices in my head. I had seen some pieces of shrinky dink that had been manipulated when still warm, such as rings, so I sort of took it from there.

  42. #42 - Robin says:

    Great find Cathe! Love your step-by-step instructions on how to create these gorgeous flowers and leaves clusters!!

  43. #43 - Anonymous says:

    WOW that’s all I can say !!! You are Amazing !!!

  44. #44 - Anonymous says:

    WOW that’s all I can say !!! You are Amazing !!!

  45. #45 - Gail says:

    One of the most sophisticated applications of Shrinky Dinks I’ve seen. They can be made with #6 plastic that is available on most take out containers.


  46. #46 - Ann says:

    These are wonderful. And a perfect project to make with the scraps of Shrinky Dink plastic my kids leave behind. AND … it’s beautiful and something I would actually wear or gift. Thank you!!!

  47. #47 - Robin Lynne says:

    Ah!! Amazing.
    Those flowers are adorable!

  48. #48 - The Main Ladybug says:

    How cute are these??? I love them! I remember my children loving shrinky dinks back in the day – lol. Guess it's time for Nana to get some for crafting with the grandbabies!

    Please stop by for a quick visit & check out my latest attempt at blogging!

  49. #49 - Diann says:

    Love this!!

  50. #50 - Chelsea says:

    i got a couple packages of shrinky dink paper awhile ago and they’ve just collected dust. I’m going to be making a bird mobile from a tutorial on Martha Stewart’s site and instead of paper leaves it looks like I’ll be trying shrinky-dinked leaves. Maybe I’ll do both.

    Flowers turned out so cute!

  51. #51 - marysworkshop says:

    The flowers and leaves are just too cute for words. No one would guess you could make those with Shrinky Dink plastic.

    Keep listening to those voices in your head, Cathe, since I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next!

  52. #52 - Team Martins says:

    Just used your e-mail gadget… loving it! What amazing, creative ideas you have.

    Thanks for sharing!

  53. #53 - Christine says:

    This project looks so awesomely cute and fun. I have some Shrinky Dink sheets just waiting to be used on such a cute project. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  54. #54 - orchard_girl says:

    This is so fun. A while ago I was looking for shrinky dink stuff but could only find preprinted paper. Maybe I’ll have to do a bit of online searching.
    Heather K.

  55. #55 - orchard_girl says:

    I love the comments about using take out containers. I may have to go dig through my recycling bin tonight.

  56. #56 - Pam says:

    I loved this idea so much that I went to Michaels today and bought some shrinkydink sheets and a flower punch. It works great! In fact I may become a flower-making machine- It’s so much fun! Thanks for the awesome idea!!

  57. #57 - She'sSewPretty says:

    I don’t know why I’ve never visited your blog. I love it! This tutorial is great. I love those little flowers!

  58. #58 - Angee says:

    Love love love this! Thank You!

  59. #59 - Andrea says:


  60. #60 - PussDaddy says:

    I think you did a great job making flowers. They turned out really pretty.


  61. #61 - Heather Cutting-Rayl says:

    Cathe, pleae pop over to my blog! I wrote about you today!

  62. #62 - CraftyHope says:

    First off – congrats on the awesome thrift store score.
    Secondly- you’re a GENIUS!! I am a shrinky dink fan also and am itching to try this.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  63. #63 - Erica says:

    OMG! I must try this! Looks so fabulous!

  64. #64 - HeatherBabe says:

    oh how pretty!!

  65. #65 - Strawberry Anarchy says:

    they are really gorgeous! what a cool way to use the shrink plastic, I love shrink plastic it’s a great fun material to play with. πŸ™‚

  66. #66 - cally says:

    You are brilliant. Seriously? Brilliant.

  67. #67 - Jen says:

    Wow! Those flowers are amazing! I love your ideas/blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

  68. #68 - candy says:

    adorable! Great tutorial!


  69. #69 - Corinna says:

    This is absolutely the cutest thing ever! And you are so cool showing us HOW to do it! You rock!


  70. #70 - Anonymous says:

    Just happened to stop by and I'm very impressed with your shrinky dink flowers. This is living proof that you can make more out of them than just awkward flat cutouts!

    (P.S. I noticed you have a very good knack for typography πŸ™‚

  71. #71 - ryn says:

    This looks so fun!! I wish we have shrinky dinks here. I have been enjoying the reads on your craft blog. Thx for sharing such inspiring ideas!

  72. #72 - 6kidsathome says:

    That was so amazing for such a simple craft. I can't wait to give this a try!

  73. #73 - viagra online says:

    Love These!!
    Great project, great photos, great directions! Makes me want to have a craft day. Thanks!

  74. #74 - Jennifer Dixon says:

    I love these! Only you could make Shrinky Dinks look classy! I just came across 3 packages of them when cleaning out a cabinet in my office the other day and thought, "Why in the world did I ever buy all of these?" Now I can't wait to get home and get my hands on them! Thanks for posting-great project! πŸ™‚

  75. #75 - This is Sophilicious. says:

    I took a stab at these, they turned out adorable! So addictive!

  76. #76 - Danise Bower says:

    These look fantastic.Thanks for sharing,great idea.

  77. #77 - Dana says:

    You can also use plastics marked “6” in the recycling symbol. Best ones to use are deli lids, if you can find them. This is how Shrinky Dinks came to be — discovery that a deli lid shrank when heated.

    Also, you could try using a heat gun to reheat/bend the rings above around a metal rod the size of your finger.

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  79. #78 - Connie Eyberg says:

    Although this is an older post, I just saw it from your more recent post. I love this idea Cathe! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on your pending award for your 2011 bloggie award! Connie

  80. #79 - rocol2009 says:

    if you like shrinky dinks, go to an A.C.MOORE craft store, and look at KLUTZ craft books shrinky dinks jewelry. Gives you GREAT ideas

  81. #80 - Pat B. says:

    OH MY GOODNESS ! LOVE these FLOWERS ! I am such a fan of “Shrinky Dinks” ! I can’t BELIEVE what a DEAL you got at the thrift store ! LUCKY GIRL !

  82. #81 - Alisha Khan says:


    where did you get the flower punch from??
    can you email me back at

    thanks xoxo

  83. #82 - jet says:

    Hi i have tried it out as well, because i loved your idea too much.LOL
    but in Holland or the Netherlands we have only one brand of shrinky dinks and it didn’t worked like yours.
    so after a long fight and frustration i came out with this solution,
    ( i have added the tute on Because you had to be needed the greaded as well. So i have add your link and name as well.
    thank you, but perhaps it’s good to tell the others that this isn’t working with all the brands of this material.
    i hope i have helped others as well ;-D still loving your idea!!!! thank you again for all the sharing!!!;-D

  84. #83 - Claire Brennan says:

    WOW!!! Stunning, I will have to make some of these, cracking idea!!!

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  86. #84 - Karen says:

    I would also like to know what brand your punches are as I have looked everywhere and cannot find them.Thank you.

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  89. #85 - Ann Hinds says:

    I just added your link to my Squidoo page on Shrinky Dinks. I hope that’s OK with you but these are such great flowers that I wanted to share them.

  90. #86 - Karen says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial – I used different punches, and colored them with alcohol inks after I shrank them. They turned out beautifully. I posted a picture giving you credit, and the have gotten several nice comments.

  91. #87 - Diane Wood says:

    These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing this great idea!!!

  92. #88 - Deborah says:

    I had never thought to try and shape the plastic after it came out! I will definitely have to give it a try! Your pieces look like glass! πŸ™‚

  93. #89 - Ann says:

    It’s taken me three years to get around to it, but I finally made these and blogged about it here:

    Thank you for the cool craft!!

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  95. #90 - Lillie says:

    πŸ™‚ thanks this is a great idea. i think i will try this sometime

  96. #91 - Pearl says:

    Really cool! Sure beats buying lucite flowers and leaves! Will share on my blog so others can come visit!

  97. #92 - Heather says:

    Love this! I will have to try it out! Thanks for the tutorial πŸ™‚

  98. #93 - Alicia Grayson says:

    Hi Love the tutorial! Just noticed that the shrinky dink coupon on the bottom of the page expired in 2011!

  99. #94 - Melissa Kosmicki says:

    So clever! Thanks for sharing.