Shrinky Dinks For Inkjet Printers

The Ultimate Shrinky Dink Guide - InkJet Version

First of all, you will need the Shrinky Dink paper. I usually purchase mine at Hobby Lobby using their 40% off coupon. You can find this coupon using this LINK. 6 pages generally cost $12.99 so the coupon really helps to save money. Most hobby stores carry SDs, so be sure to shop around and check for their coupons. Here is the LINK to the SD Ink Jet paper you will need. Be sure you purchase the INKJET paper as the other products will not work for this Instructable. These sheets come in 8 1/2 X 11 inches.


You will need a program to print your images to your SD paper. I use Adobe InDesign to create mine. Most computers come with an imaging program installed. Be sure to format with 8 1/2 X 11 inches.


It is important that you use an InkJet printer as this is how the images are transferred to the paper. I use a Canon MX410 and it works wonderfully.


You will need to cut your images out of the paper before cooking them. I use scissors, X-acto knives and paper stamps as needed. Depending on your project, you may need one or all three tools. That will be your decision. I also use a standard hole punch to create a hole for SDs that I want to string into necklaces or earrings, They are the perfect size after cooking.


I have a little toaster oven that i purchased for $5.00 at a garage sale, it works great for this project. I recommend using the tray inside the oven or a cookie sheet for your kitchen oven.


I line the bottom of the cookie sheet with white card stock paper so that it doesn't get dirty from the cookie sheet. I then place another sheet of card stock over the Dinks before I cook them. SDs will curl during the cooking process and the card stock helps to keep them flat and to reduce altering their dimensions.


I use a pie serving tool to flatten my SDs after they have cooked. This helps them to stay flat while cooling down.

Scientific Explorer-Poof Slinky Shrinky Dinks Misty White
Toy (Scientific Explorer-Poof Slinky)
  • Trace and create colorful items on a cloudy white background
  • Color, bake and shrink
  • Blank sheets to create custom pieces
  • Includes 6 8in x 10in cloudy white sheets and instructions
  • Recommended for children 5 years of age and older
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Grafix Grafix KSF6-WIJ 8-1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Shrink Film, Printable, White Inkjet, 6-Pack
Art and Craft Supply (Grafix)
  • When heated grafix shrink film will shrink to about 50-percent of its original size
  • When cooled to room temperature it becomes thicker and hard
  • Works with all standard inkjet printers and prints on both sides
  • Easy to cut with scissors, die cut machines and punches
  • Sheets are white inkjet printable 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch and there are 6 sheets in the pack
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