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DIY Shrinky Dinks! January 10, 2009

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Kids,Kitchen — mommyfinds @ 6:44 pm

I was surfing around one of my fav. blogs, Parent Hacks, when I found this great idea! Do-It-Yourself Shrinky Dinks from plastic salad containers!!!

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It was originally posted at Skip To My Lou. The basic idea is to find and collect the clear salad containers you get at grocery store delis. They are #6 plastic. Your kids can color the plastic with permanent markers and punch a hole if you’ll want to hang them on anything, like zipper pulls. BEWARE! They will shrink by about 1/3.  Put the new creations on a cookie sheet lined with foil and bake at 350 for 2-3 minutes. They will curl up, then flatten. Take them out right when they flatten! You can even make rings!!

Check out the complete directions at Skip To My Lou. What a fun project on a rainy day!

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5 Reasons I Love Etsy.com December 23, 2008

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Have you been to Etsy.com? I would describe it as the ebay for crafters. You can find everything on this website! Here’s why I love Etsy…

1) The selection is ginormous! There are so many vendors and each vendor has lots of things for sale…nearly unlimited selection!

2) Customized items! You can submit an idea in the custom section and crafters will bid on your project.

3) No matter what your tastes are, you will find something here. Romantic, modern, shabby chic, antique. Need home decor? Yes! Paper goods? Yes! Belly dancing costumes? Yes (really, I just saw it posted).

4) There is a special “pounce” section where you can see newly opened etsy stores. I like to introduce new things to people, thus my blog, and this is right up my alley.

5) Support moms. This might be very stereotypical, but it seems most of the sellers on etsy are moms. I like that I can support their passions. Heck, even if they aren’t moms, I like to support an individual crafter rather than some corporation!

Watch for upcoming posts about my favorite etsy vendors and my customized items!

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