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Make Your Own Recycled Shrinkable Art

Introduce your kids to the magic wonder of shrinking plastic with this upcycled craft.

Save those plastic takeout containers and turn them into art. The thin plastic compacts and shrinks into a hard plastic, making our little ones’ favorite characters come to life! The printables make it that much more exciting and easy to achieve.

What You’ll Need:

  • Thin plastic like the ones from a takeout container
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent markers
  • Nickelodeon printable
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven

How to Make:

Step 1: Print the character pages

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Step 2: Cut the flat portion of the plastic container

Step 3: Tape the printable to the table and tape the plastic right on top

Step 4: Color in the character using different permanent markers and trace the black lines using a fine black permanent marker

Step 5: Cut off the excess plastic around the character

Step 6: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place parchment paper on an oven safe tray and place in the oven. Watch the character shrink. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes.

Step 7: Once it shrinks, remove from the oven and allow it to cool.