DIY Plant Markers with Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks!

When I was a kid we never did Shrinky Dinks. I have no idea why; it’s just one of those things we never did. Of course that means that ever since I was a kid I’ve thought that Shrinky Dinks were one of the coolest things ever.

It’s even fun to say: Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks!

Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky… Oops! Sorry – I got a little carried away.

 

Anyway, when my really cool aluminum duct tape plant markers didn’t last as well as I’d hoped – the aluminum duct tape bent in the wind and by the end of the season they looked pretty sad – I decided to replace them.

Preferably with something I could make myself.

Preferably with something I could make myself cheap.

Shrinky Dinks to the rescue!

 

I found directions on Pinterest for DIY Plant Markers with Shrinky Dinks, and I had to try it out.

Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks!

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - MaterialsMaking plant markers with Shrinky Dinks is super easy, and it doesn’t require lots of materials. All you need are Shrinky Dinks, permanent markers, and metal wire. You’ll also need a scissors and something round to trace. I used the top to my Starbucks cold cup.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - TraceTrace the circular object onto the shiny side of the Shrinky Dink plastic and cut out. Then draw or trace your picture on the shiny side of the plastic with a permanent marker.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - ColorColor the picture with permanent markers. I colored on the “back” side to give the plant markers a 3D look after shrinking.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - Ready to BakeRepeat for as many plant markers as you need.

WAIT! Don’t bake yet! Did you remember the hole in the top? I almost forgot but remembered at the last minute.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - BakeBake according to directions.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - Comparison 1Here’s a “Before” and “After” comparison so you can see how much they shrink.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - DoneHere are all of the plant markers I made, all shrunk and ready for the next step.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - Comparison 2Oops! I guess I missed the second Garlic one – into the oven with you, my friend.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - Bend WireUsing wire cutters and pliers, cut and bend the wire into any shape you like. I like a fancy shepherd’s crook type of shape. You may need to experiment to find out how long to cut the wire, and the best way to shape it. I discovered that bending it around a pencil was easier for me than using a pliers.

DIY Plant Marker Shrinky Dink - Bend WireAnd they’re absolutely gorgeous in a garden. Now I just need to plant something for my pretty plant markers to mark!

Amy Sue

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