Book Review + Giveaway: The Shrinky Dinks Book


Header Shrinkydinksbook
Bookcover Shrinkydinks
The Shrinky Dinks Book by Sherri Haab & the editors of Klutz
Ages 6 and Up

CRAFT: Super Crafty Kidz
I absolutely was in love with Shrinky Dinks as a kid. I couldn’t get enough of them. But after I spent time tracing, coloring, and baking them, I never really knew what else to do with the finished pieces. With The Shrinky Dinks Book by Sherri Haab & the editors of Klutz your kids will definitely not have this problem! Along with 6 sheets of Shrinky Dink plastic, this spiral-bound book is filled with traceable color templates with directions and inspirational photos on how to create necklaces, charm bracelets, earrings, zipper pulls, pins, frames and more. It’s a versatile book that can be used over and over again with extra shrink plastic or for other craft projects as well.
Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of The Shrinky Dinks Book along with Shrinky Dinks – Extra Shrinkable Plastic refills! Please make sure you include your email address in the comment form field (won’t be published). All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Friday, November 6th. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!

Here’s some of my favorite pages and projects from the book:
Full general directions on how to use Shrinky Dinks are included in the beginning of the book.
Shrinkydinks Spread2
I love this page with flower charms perfect for a bracelet or necklace and a page of cute earrings you can make.
Shrinkydinks Charmbracelet
Here’s a finished charm bracelet.
Shrinkydinks Spread3
I love the traceable alphabet so you can also create your own cards and messages.
Also this month, as a special to CRAFT readers, get 25% off all Klutz titles by entering in the promo code CRAFT at checkout!

284 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: The Shrinky Dinks Book

  1. Natalie says:

    My daughter would love these! I had been thinking about looking for some Shrinky Dinks for her for Christmas.

  2. Caroline Kelley says:

    I loved me some shrinky dinks in the early 90s mmmm good times!

  3. Hope says:

    Oh! I would love to check out this book and play with the shrinky dinks. I do love them so! This would be a great book to share with my nieces!
    My e-mail address??

  4. Amy says:

    I used to LOVE shrinky dinks!

  5. Leigh says:

    I LOVE Shrinky Dinks!!!

  6. bekee says:

    i have a pack of 100 sheets that i can’t find time to shrink! this book would be a perfect motivator.

  7. Tish says:

    I want, I need!

  8. Amy's Stocking Stuffers says:

    I love Shrinky Dinks! I still have some Christmas ornaments I made as a kid.

  9. Jen says:

    yay! sign me up!

  10. heather johnson says:

    oh how I miss these. They used to be my vary favorite toy. I would love to share their greatness with my kids this holiday season.

  11. Shona says:

    I lourve me some shrinky dinks! I’ve seen amazing jewelry made from them and had a ton of fun making customized pins and badges with them! Sign me up – my nieces need to learn the joy of shrinky dinking!

  12. Erin Norris says:

    Shrinky Dinks are great and I’ve been wanting to play with them again lately. I think this has motivated me!

  13. Kitty says:

    I’d love to win this book, my kids would go crazy over it!

  14. Erin Norris says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  15. Marie says:

    I still have Shrinky Dink Christmas ornaments on my tree from the first time these came around! I would LOVE to add to the collection!

  16. Orit says:

    Shrinkies! I will make a strawberry bracelet :)

  17. Aces says:

    I’ve been looking to take a nostalgic trip back to my childhood and reclaim shrinky dinks as a grown-up medium. Thanks for the inspiration (the book would be awesome, but regardless, a trip to the craft store for shrinky dink material is on my agenda!).

  18. Kathy Aaron says:

    Shrinky Dinks are fun to work with.

  19. Teresa p says:

    Awesome! I would love to do these with my niece.

  20. SpinKitty says:

    I never got to do Shrinky Dinks as a kid. Now I’d like to try them out. I’d like to make some tags for my knitting equiqment. I’ll have to look for this book.

  21. Arika says:

    I looooove shrinky dinks, and with christmas coming it would be so handy to have this book.

  22. Mandy T. says:

    I remember when my mom let me do Shinky Dinks for the first (and last time) when I was young. I thought they were the coolest thing ever, but once the plastic was done, it was done, and I never really repeated the process.
    But, it looks like my own daughter might not have this problem. Getting this in my crafting library may make many a rainy day go by much faster!

  23. says:

    Oh my wow. I love Shrinky Dinks!
    (my email is

  24. Debra says:

    I don’t know who would love this more, me or my daughter! Looks like a great book!

  25. Wehaf says:

    My inner child would love this book!

  26. Angelica Macklin says:

    Oh my gosh! I used to love shrinky dinks as kid! I can’t believe I haven’t yet introduced them to my kiddies.

  27. Lisa says:

    Shrinky Dinks are amazing! I didn’t discover them until my college days. I want to pass on the creative fun to my daughter :)

  28. Laura S. says:

    My daughter and I would ADORE working on these! Great news on the 25% off this month too — Klutz has so many great titles, and so many are great for kids-at-heart like me! Thanks Craftzine!

  29. Stephanie says:

    I love shrinky dinks!!

  30. Michi says:

    I love shrinky dinks! Would love this book

  31. J Standlee says:

    Absolutely loved ShrinkyDinks as a kid… certainly hope they make a big comeback!

  32. Cassandra says:

    I remember making Shrinky Dinks in Girl Scouts. The were so much fun. I was fascinated by them. I still have the little pin we made ^_^

  33. Cary says:


  34. Sharon Birch says:

    shrinky dinks!

  35. Mary says:

    I swear my heart skipped beat when I saw this post. I loved shrinky dinks when I was a kid but never really was allowed to have them (weird hey). One of the things I love about the whole fashion cycle thing is all the stuff I loved when I was a kid is now coming back in time for my own kids to share the love.

  36. GrowingLikeTrees says:

    My kids would have so much fun with this! Who am I kidding — so would I!

  37. Marissa says:

    I loved my Garfield Shrinky Dinks sooo much back then. What a cool craft to be able to share with my nieces today! :o)

  38. Brian Little says:

    My five-year-old daughter would adore them. Her mother, who is in her mid-30s, still talks about doing Shrinky-Dinks as a child, and would also get a charge out of them.

  39. greetingarts says:

    Wow, I’ve got to have this book. I remember how much fun those Shrinky Dinks were, and I own nearly every other Klutz book in existence. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy… but if I don’t, I’ll be at the bookstore shopping for it soon!

  40. Blackbird Pie says:

    ooh, we love to do shrinky dinks but most of them sit in a container afterwards. We could use some new ideas for creative projects to make with them!

  41. Leanne says:

    My son and I love making shrinky dinks. This book would be fantastic!

  42. Sara says:

    Sounds like Fun!

  43. Kelsey says:

    I love shrinky dinks, but usually just glue them onto magnets… and I’m running out of room on the fridge.

  44. Kate says:

    Ah the hours I spent shrinking the dinks. Awesome

  45. Jennifer says:

    Shrinky dinks are my favorite.

  46. El's Bells says:

    I make shrinky dink jewelry for my etsy shop! This book makes me so incredibly happy I could just sing for joy. Love the bracelet! I shall have to start making those.

  47. Melissa says:

    sounds like fun – I haven’t seen shrinky dinks in years!!

  48. CindyLou says:

    The magic of melting plastic just makes me wax nostalgic for the days of my youth…

  49. Christin says:

    This sounds so neat!! My kiddos and I would love it…thanks for the chance:)

  50. Angela Wright says:

    Great contest! We need this book. I only bought the refill pack and we aren’t as creative on our own as I hoped :-)

  51. amy says:

    I LOVED shrinky dinks when I was a kid- glad to see the next generation of kids will also enjoy the pleasure of making these fun crafts!

  52. Kelly says:

    I love shrinkies. There is just so much you can do with them. :)

  53. sarah says:

    i love this stuff. it makes such fun things!

  54. Helms says:

    This is awesome!

  55. MH Ames says:

    I remember a fun ornament making session with my mom – shrinky-dinks and clothespin dolls. Such fun!

  56. alyssa says:

    i love shrinky dinks so much that my sister and i tried to make some from #6 plastic containers a couple weeks ago! i read it on a blog, but it didn’t work for me.. :(

  57. says:

    Oh Wow, this is awesome! The necklace/bracelet is the coolest.

  58. Lulu says:

    I LOVED Shrinky-Dinks when I was a kid! My mom got SO sick of cooking them for me every day of her life! I would love to share my love of them with my daughter. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  59. Kerri says:

    I saw these last year and HAD to buy them. I so rememeber doing these as a child and I think I love making hem more then my daughter does but that is ok with me.

  60. patti says:

    Oh how I love Shrinky Dinks!

  61. Chi Anne says:

    We recently “discovered” shrinky dinks and had a great time with them. This would be so much fun!

  62. BrittNeal says:

    I would love to win this shrinky dink book. I have a distinct early memory of playing with them. I would love to win this!

  63. Sarah says:

    I love Shrinky Dinks. My niece might just be old enough to start loving them too! This would be a great book to enjoy together!

  64. Angie Platten says:

    I have some of this stuff sitting here and don’t know quite what to do with it! I’d love to learn how to use it and make fun projects with my kids!

  65. Lea-Ann says:

    I *heart* shrinky dinks!!!

  66. Jenny Williams says:

    I loved Shrinky Dinks as a kid, too. My daughter loves them now. We’re running out of ideas, though!

  67. jenwilkins says:

    I would love to introduce these to my daughter- I loved them as a child!

  68. JD says:

    This would be a great x-mas gift for my 8 year old sister… But only if she’ll let me play too!

  69. kc says:

    Oh, I do so hope you pick me! I love all the fun things to make, and they’re called Dinks! How silly!

  70. cfroggie says:

    I would love to do this as a craft project with my niece and nephew. We would have so much fun doing one of my childhood classics.

  71. Ellen Ault says:

    Oh how I miss Shrinky dinks! I remember having a Garfield set and loved them!

  72. Jen says:

    I want to make Shrinky dink jewelry. Klutz has a second book that us just teen/ grown up shrinkydink jewelry. I want it!

  73. May says:

    I love shrinky dinks, and just started experimenting with them again. I had forgotten how much fun they are! What is even more fun is that they are also a science lesson too! P.S. I had Smurfs, Pee Wee Herman, and Betty Boop sets as a kid, when they still sold them that way.

  74. Yvonne says:

    my kids would love this book! me, too!

  75. Sophie says:

    Me! me, please!

  76. CCherry says:

    I’ve been doing Shrinky Dinks with my Girl Scouts for years- would love to have some new ideas rather than the SWAPS we’ve been doing for years.

  77. kristen k says:

    i will be visiting my sister and my 8 year old niece for christmas, this would be such a fun craft for her to experience!

  78. lilylaces says:

    What a gorgeous book and a lovely giveaway! Shrinky dinks are impossible to get hold of where I live, such a shame because they look so much fun for kids and big kids!

  79. Meghan T. says:

    Shrinky dinks are so much fun. I loved them as a kid and still do love them. My kids never really got into them. I guess I should show them how they work and then they might….well they are older now…..
    The book looks fun.

  80. Lydia says:

    This would be a great craft to do with my 4 year old daughter!

  81. Colleen AKA Some Art Mama says:

    My daughters will certainly torture me to craft with them if I win this book. Bring on the fun.

  82. Jessica T says:

    My kids would love this so much! I wish we had it right now, we’re all home with the flu.

  83. dhawktx says:

    The first piece of jewelry I ever made (and still have) used Sharpies, Shrinky Dinks and magnetic wire. I could have some fun with the nieces and this book…

  84. nashzoo says:

    This sounds like lots of fun!

  85. Stacy says:

    Very cute! My son would love to do these.

  86. gardienne says:

    I love shrinky dinks! :) I’ve been using them to create tags for my knitting.

  87. Kathy says:

    I love shrinky dinks. I’ve been making a ton of charm bracelets with them.

  88. christy says:

    I love Shrinky Dinks! I am so happy to see them still on the market.

  89. Rachel Ann says:

    I have always been fascinated with crafts that must be heated or baked – this looks fun :0)

  90. Rachella says:

    Oh how we love to play with shrinky dinks at our house. My 4 boys would have a field day with this!

  91. Jenny says:

    The crafts are endless with shrinky dinks! I would love to have some new exciting ideas to do with shrinky dinks. With the holidays coming up this would be excellent. Thanks for the chance to win!

  92. camaren says:

    I would love to win this!

  93. sarah says:

    oh, i loved these as a kid, but i had the same problem! i didn’t even know they made them any more. i’d love to do this with my nieces and foster kids!

  94. anyakase says:

    Wow talk about a blast from the past! This would be awesome for my kids! We are always looking for new crafts to do.

  95. anyakase says:

    Wow talk about a blast from the past! This would be awesome for my kids! We are always looking for new crafts to do.

  96. katklaw777 says:

    Blast from the Past!!! I grew up loving Shrinky Dinks. I enjoy all of Klutz products, they are so imaginative. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Great giveaway, thanks!

  97. Heidi says:

    these are gorgeous!

  98. staci says:

    This book is fantastic and looks super fun!

  99. Mimi says:

    This book would be absolutely awesome for my daughter – she is becoming a crafter like her mommers!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  100. Paola Solorzano says:

    I’ve never had the opportunity to use shrinky dinks growing up, but would love to try it with my 8 year daughter. Looks like a lot of fun. We’ve tried other klutz products and have always been a hit. Thanks!

  101. Billie says:

    ooooohh! I want to win this!!

  102. Nan says:

    Oh, that brings me back to childhood. I remember doing this when I was younger, but not as nice looking as the ones featured in this book. I hope I will get a chance to win it.

  103. Karen says:

    I loved shrinky dinks as a kid. I think my son would love them too!

  104. Persia says:

    oooh Yes I was totally telling some one about Shrinky Dinks last week!
    Would love to play with them again

  105. thatgrrl says:

    This is SO KEWL!!! If I win, I will have total control over the shrinky-dinks, which has kinda been a life-long dream of mine; no brothers or sisters leaning over and scribbling on MY design or getting the last piece of plastic because they wrecked their first one and cried (wow- maybe I need a side of therapy with the shrinky-dinks…)

  106. Nadia says:

    Yhanks for the opportunity to win this book, I would love to share the ‘magic’ of shrinky dinks with my daughter!

  107. argemone says:

    Neat-o ideas! I do shrinky dinks w/ my arts & crafts classes using recycled clear food containers (#6 polystyrene)

  108. amy says:

    I loved these as a kid- so glad to see they are back!

  109. beth says:

    i still have cabbabge patch shrinky dinks i had as a child !
    i really enjoyed watching them shrink
    we would make up our own shrinky dinks with the leftovers

  110. Jodie Cord says:

    I LOVE Shrinky Dinks and today is my

  111. Amber says:

    This would be a fantastic activity to do with my son on those bleak Ohio winter days!

  112. Kristine says:

    I loved Shrinky Dinks! I was just looking for some for my boyfriend’s nephews the other day – so winning some would be awesome!

  113. Vicki says:

    I would love to win this; my grade school age boys would have so much fun with it. :)

  114. Tracy C. says:

    I haven’t used shrinky dinks since I was kid. I actually saw someone make some stitch markers from shrinky dinks, so cute. I think this would be something fun to try with the kid.

  115. Anonymous says:

    I like to think I’m crafty, or at least I dabble in a number of media and project types, but have to say that Shrinky Dink is so easy and yes, versitile to use. Lately I’ve been doing magnets and cell phone charms.
    On the whole, definitely a favourite material!

  116. addflower says:

    I love crafting with my friends kids and I looove shrinky dinks! Having this to take with me for craft days would be AWESOMENESS!

  117. Kirsty says:

    I love this site, and couldn’t help noticing the Klutz Shrinky Dinks! Haven’t seen anything about these fantastic creations in years!! My 7 yr old would love this!!

  118. claire says:

    pick me memememememememme! My brother would love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  119. Kacy says:

    Whoah, I LOVE shrinky dinks. This book looks like a lot of fun.

  120. holycrow says:

    I have been a fan of Klutz Books since I was a wee bookseller so many years ago. Shrinky Dinks would be a great project for my monthly craft meeting. I’m always looking a crafty fun projects for my group and the extra supplies would help too.

  121. Heidi Kuharich says:

    Shrinky Dinks ROCK!!! So many possibilities!

  122. Lillian says:

    I have fond memories of making shrinky dinks with my sisters when we were much younger. I suppose we also felt special because Mum would let us use her oven! Such magic!

  123. samsstuff says:

    This is something that I’ve been thinking about adding to my jewelry (in my own way) for awhile, so I would love a copy of this book! I never did shrinky dink stuff as a kid, so I’m one of the few that needs to learn, plus it would be something that my son could help me with!

  124. Debbie says:

    I am so happy that this book has been published! I have all of Sherri Haab’s books, and even though I am 55 years young, I still love Klutz’ books! I truly believe that as long as one knows how to play and be creative, youth is eternal! My future grandchildren are so lucky! I would love to win this book, but even if I don’t, I will buy it.

  125. Alex says:

    How cool – I’ve been thinking about shrinky-dink jewelry possibilities lately. Something like this could be just the spark of inspiration I need!

  126. Marsha says:

    What an awesome book!

  127. lids says:

    I have wanted these for sooo long but my mom would never let me have them because they had to go in the oven.
    I got my own oven now. hahaha

  128. superstitches says:

    I remember Shrinky Dinks. In fact, I think I may still have some of the original designs that came with the plastic. It’s still a great medium for creating with.

  129. superstitches says:

    I remember Shrinky Dinks. In fact, I may still have some of the original designs that came with the plastic. It’s still a great medium for creating with.

  130. Beth Parker says:

    I love shrinky dinks! This book would be so much fun. I hope I win.

  131. Marie says:

    Love, love, love shrinky dinks! All the grandma’s in my family are going to get shrinky dink bracelets this year so this would be great to get the creative juices going!

  132. nharik says:

    Love that klutz press came out with a shrinky dink book!!

  133. Erin says:

    I am a shrinky dinks child of the 80’s! I’d love to check them out now as an adult.

  134. anna says:

    brings back memories

  135. Lorene says:

    Have used them for years. Would love this book!

  136. ASHLEY says:

    It brings me right back to Speak n Spell, Koosh balls, Rubix cubes and other fun toys we used in the early 80s. So glad these are making a come back.

  137. Joyce Moore says:

    I would LOVE to have some Shrinky Dinks for my two girls (though secretly I want to play too)!!

  138. Carmen says:

    I love shrinky dinks! I spent hours playing with these as a kid. I’m glad to see they’re making a come-back.

  139. dinergirl says:

    When I was a kid, my sister and I made Christmas ornament Shrinky Dinks. They hung from our tree for years and years.
    How wonderful would it be to make some with her kids, my niece and nephews?!

  140. Gigi says:

    Shrinky dinks are so much fun! It’s something that my niece and I do together so this book would be great to give us ideas on our shrinky dink afternoons.

  141. Jennifer says:

    Love shrinky dinks!!!

  142. Grace Wong says:

    I’ve never used shrinky dinks, they look so cool!

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