Shrinky Dinks Are Back!

In 1973 the U.S. launched its first space station, the Sydney Opera House opened... and Betty Morris invented Shrinky Dinks. There’s an entire generation of adults who remember the excitement of making Shrinky Dinks -- tracing the designs, coloring them, and watching through the oven window as the pieces shrunk and got thicker. Now we get to pass on that fun to a new generation, thanks to a fresh remaking of the classic plastics. Lowry Davison, the founder of Joobli Studio, licensed the Shrinky Dinks formula from Betty Morris and gave it a modern makeover. Lowry’s kits come in themed packages such as Circus Jubilee, Enchanted Kingdom, Nature Doodles and Christmas. Each pack includes traceable designs, and plenty of sheets of shrinkable plastic so kids can get creative with their own shrinkable designs. We discovered the kits after Claire (our summer intern and SCAD student) wore a pair of Shrinky Dinks earrings to the office and got us itching to grab some colored pencils and make our own jewelry. Lowry’s kits are a great way to keep kids entertained at play dates, birthday parties and sleepovers. And for grownups, it’s a cheery reminder of childhood fun and a chance to make new memories with the kids in your life. Time to fire up the oven!

Shrinky Dinks

Themed Craft Kits

Shrinky Dinks Are Back!

In 1973 the U.S. launched its first space station, the Sydney Opera House opened... and Betty Morris invented Shrinky Dinks. There’s an entire generation of adults who remember the excitement of making Shrinky Dinks -- tracing the designs, coloring them, and watching through the oven window as the pieces shrunk and got thicker. Now we get to pass on that fun to a new generation, thanks to a fresh remaking of the classic plastics. Lowry Davison, the founder of Joobli Studio, licensed the Shrinky Dinks formula from Betty Morris and gave it a modern makeover. Lowry’s kits come in themed packages such as Circus Jubilee, Enchanted Kingdom, Nature Doodles and Christmas. Each pack includes traceable designs, and plenty of sheets of shrinkable plastic so kids can get creative with their own shrinkable designs. We discovered the kits after Claire (our summer intern and SCAD student) wore a pair of Shrinky Dinks earrings to the office and got us itching to grab some colored pencils and make our own jewelry. Lowry’s kits are a great way to keep kids entertained at play dates, birthday parties and sleepovers. And for grownups, it’s a cheery reminder of childhood fun and a chance to make new memories with the kids in your life. Time to fire up the oven!

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Lowry
    Lowry

    Hi Daily Grommet. My name is Lowry and I am the founder of Joobli Studio. I have a passion for art and am on a mission to inspire kids and families to incorporate imagination and creative play into their daily experiences. The illustrators we work with have put together a fun and engaging collection of graphics. We also include plenty of blank plastic so your kids can use the designs for creative exploration. Kids have been fascinated for decades by the Shrinky Dink transformation in their ovens and we hope that our design kits will inspire you to bring back this cherished activity to your household! I am here for any questions you may have.

  • Deb
    Deb
    11/11/2010 1:20 PM

    What age children would enjoy this the most? The children in the video look to be 3 or so...my nieces are 5...would they be too old to enjoy these?

  • Claire
    Claire
    11/11/2010 1:21 PM

    @Deb: I think any age can enjoy them :) I'm 20 and I still think theyre cool. I used kits like this one until I was about 12 I think... but I still like to revisit them.

  • Lowry
    Lowry – Special Guest
    11/11/2010 1:42 PM

    @Deb: For the tracing skills we recommend ages 6 and up and the primary target is 6-12 (elementary education). However the sheets are blank so kids (or adults) can draw whatever they like. I have my daughters art she drew when she was age 4. Their own creations are the best!

  • Claire
    Claire
    11/11/2010 1:20 PM

    I am so glad that Daily Grommet has decided to feature Shrinky Dinks. I used them a lot as a kid (along with my brother and my parents) and when my mom gave me the jewelry book for christmas last year I started again - only about 8 years later! I keep finding the amazing things I made with my brother as a kid...and now I wear Shrinky Dinks! I give them out as gifts too.

    Thanks Lowry (and Daily Grommet!)

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    11/11/2010 1:55 PM

    The kids I had test the Fun Packs were ages 5 - 9. At first to show them how it worked, I had them tracing the designs from the Enchanted Kingdom. Then the idea came up to trace other things which led to tracing logos from their professional sports teams. . . So now we have several fun Red Sox, Bruins & Patriots ornaments and decorations for their rooms. Very fun -- thanks Claire for the inspiration and for letting us know that Shrinky Dinks still exist!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2010 1:57 PM

    This is one of those products that brings back happy memories! It's great that you have refreshed the experience with your kits. I can't think of any child who wouldn't be eager to see their artwork magically transform into an ornament, or a charm, or a treasure!

  • Gail
    Gail
    11/11/2010 2:59 PM

    Do I see a necklace on the left made of tiny magnetic balls??? Quite creative design there too. Have you featured that item already? I couldn't find it on the site when I looked.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2010 4:03 PM

    @Gail: You are very observant! Both Wendy and Jen are wearing creations from the KLIK KLIK Interchangeable Magnetic Jewelry Set.

  • Joanne Deschenes
    Joanne Deschenes
    12/29/2010 3:52 PM

    Can the Shrinky Dinks plastic run through and ink jet printer?

  • Lowry Davison
    Lowry Davison
    1/4/2011 10:23 AM

    @Joanne Deschenes: The shrinkable plastic that is included with the kits cannot be run though an inkjet printer. The plastic in the kits is for use with permanent markers and color pencils (the plastic is roughened on one side to take color pencils). Best!

  • Kriss
    Kriss
    1/27/2011 11:31 AM

    I see that Shrinky Dinks plastic can run through an ink jet printer. Can it be ran through a laserjet printer? I know it uses heat to adhere the ink.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/27/2011 12:40 PM

    @Kriss: The shrinkable plastic that is in these kits cannot be run through printers.

  • Julia
    Julia
    5/30/2011 6:43 PM

    What do you use to trace/draw the Shrinky Dinks? Colored pencils? Markers? Those items aren't included with the kits, are they? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/30/2011 8:56 PM

    @Julia : You can use permanent markers or colored pencils. Neither are included in the kits.

  • Julia
    Julia
    5/30/2011 9:27 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Thanks for that! I loved them in my own childhood and look forward to sharing them with my nieces and nephew this summer.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/30/2011 10:28 PM

    @Julia Elmer: They will love it, and so will you!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Shrinky Dinks

Themed Craft Kits

Shrinky Dinks Are Back!

In 1973 the U.S. launched its first space station, the Sydney Opera House opened... and Betty Morris invented Shrinky Dinks.

There’s an entire generation of adults who remember the excitement of making Shrinky Dinks -- tracing the designs, coloring them, and watching through the oven window as the pieces shrunk and got thicker. Now we get to pass on that fun to a new generation, thanks to a fresh remaking of the classic plastics.

Lowry Davison, the founder of Joobli Studio, licensed the Shrinky Dinks formula from
Betty Morris and gave it a modern makeover. Lowry’s kits come in themed packages such as Circus Jubilee, Enchanted Kingdom, Nature Doodles and Christmas. Each pack includes traceable designs, and plenty of sheets of shrinkable plastic so kids can get creative with their own shrinkable designs.

We discovered the kits after Claire (our summer intern and SCAD student) wore a pair of Shrinky Dinks earrings to the office and got us itching to grab some colored pencils and make our own jewelry. Lowry’s kits are a great way to keep kids entertained at play dates, birthday parties and sleepovers. And for grownups, it’s a cheery reminder of childhood fun and a chance to make new memories with the kids in your life. Time to fire up the oven!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Lowry
    Lowry

    Hi Daily Grommet. My name is Lowry and I am the founder of Joobli Studio. I have a passion for art and am on a mission to inspire kids and families to incorporate imagination and creative play into their daily experiences. The illustrators we work with have put together a fun and engaging collection of graphics. We also include plenty of blank plastic so your kids can use the designs for creative exploration. Kids have been fascinated for decades by the Shrinky Dink transformation in their ovens and we hope that our design kits will inspire you to bring back this cherished activity to your household! I am here for any questions you may have.

  • Deb
    Deb
    11/11/2010 1:20 PM

    What age children would enjoy this the most? The children in the video look to be 3 or so...my nieces are 5...would they be too old to enjoy these?

  • Claire
    Claire
    11/11/2010 1:21 PM

    @Deb: I think any age can enjoy them :) I'm 20 and I still think theyre cool. I used kits like this one until I was about 12 I think... but I still like to revisit them.

  • Lowry
    Lowry – Special Guest
    11/11/2010 1:42 PM

    @Deb: For the tracing skills we recommend ages 6 and up and the primary target is 6-12 (elementary education). However the sheets are blank so kids (or adults) can draw whatever they like. I have my daughters art she drew when she was age 4. Their own creations are the best!

  • Claire
    Claire
    11/11/2010 1:20 PM

    I am so glad that Daily Grommet has decided to feature Shrinky Dinks. I used them a lot as a kid (along with my brother and my parents) and when my mom gave me the jewelry book for christmas last year I started again - only about 8 years later! I keep finding the amazing things I made with my brother as a kid...and now I wear Shrinky Dinks! I give them out as gifts too.

    Thanks Lowry (and Daily Grommet!)

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    11/11/2010 1:55 PM

    The kids I had test the Fun Packs were ages 5 - 9. At first to show them how it worked, I had them tracing the designs from the Enchanted Kingdom. Then the idea came up to trace other things which led to tracing logos from their professional sports teams. . . So now we have several fun Red Sox, Bruins & Patriots ornaments and decorations for their rooms. Very fun -- thanks Claire for the inspiration and for letting us know that Shrinky Dinks still exist!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2010 1:57 PM

    This is one of those products that brings back happy memories! It's great that you have refreshed the experience with your kits. I can't think of any child who wouldn't be eager to see their artwork magically transform into an ornament, or a charm, or a treasure!

  • Gail
    Gail
    11/11/2010 2:59 PM

    Do I see a necklace on the left made of tiny magnetic balls??? Quite creative design there too. Have you featured that item already? I couldn't find it on the site when I looked.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2010 4:03 PM

    @Gail: You are very observant! Both Wendy and Jen are wearing creations from the KLIK KLIK Interchangeable Magnetic Jewelry Set.

  • Joanne Deschenes
    Joanne Deschenes
    12/29/2010 3:52 PM

    Can the Shrinky Dinks plastic run through and ink jet printer?

  • Lowry Davison
    Lowry Davison
    1/4/2011 10:23 AM

    @Joanne Deschenes: The shrinkable plastic that is included with the kits cannot be run though an inkjet printer. The plastic in the kits is for use with permanent markers and color pencils (the plastic is roughened on one side to take color pencils). Best!

  • Kriss
    Kriss
    1/27/2011 11:31 AM

    I see that Shrinky Dinks plastic can run through an ink jet printer. Can it be ran through a laserjet printer? I know it uses heat to adhere the ink.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/27/2011 12:40 PM

    @Kriss: The shrinkable plastic that is in these kits cannot be run through printers.

  • Julia
    Julia
    5/30/2011 6:43 PM

    What do you use to trace/draw the Shrinky Dinks? Colored pencils? Markers? Those items aren't included with the kits, are they? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/30/2011 8:56 PM

    @Julia : You can use permanent markers or colored pencils. Neither are included in the kits.

  • Julia
    Julia
    5/30/2011 9:27 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Thanks for that! I loved them in my own childhood and look forward to sharing them with my nieces and nephew this summer.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/30/2011 10:28 PM

    @Julia Elmer: They will love it, and so will you!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.