Shrinky Dink Soap

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.


My kids LOVE shrinky dinks. I mean the LOVE them. So much so that I’ve started keeping a stash for emergency “I’m bored” moments when nothing else will distract them. And I get it, I mean, who isn’t fascinated by shrinking plastic? The problem is that once the shrinky dinks are shrunk, they kind of loose their charm. What are you supposed to do with a bunch of tiny, hard, plastic shapes after all? After growing tired of picking them up for the umteenth time, I decided to put them to good use and make a few holdiay presents in one go with these little decorative soaps.

Here’s what you need:

Shrinky Dinks
Soap forms or silicone ice cube trays
Double Boiler

 1. If your Shrinky dinks aren’t already colored and shrunk, let your kids have at it with them and enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet. (Don’t forget to turn your oven light on so they can watch them curl up and turn tiny!)


2. In your double boiler, melt the soap base. You can add colorant at this point or just leave the soap clear. 

3. Fill your soap mold 3/4 of the way full and drop a shrinky dink, shiny side down, onto the surface. Allow the soap to set up for a few minutes before filling the mold the rest of the way. This will suspend the image in the soap.

4. Once the soap is completly hardened, ease out of the mold and package up in small gift bags for instant presents (hint – these are great for school friends and grandparents!)

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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