October 12th marks the 45th birthday of a toy (and cultural) icon: Shrinky Dinks! #ShrinkyDinks45
For more than four decades, Shrinky Dinks has captured the imaginations of kids (and adults) with its patented, shrinking technology. One can contribute its success to its simplicity. Just color a sheet of plastic to create a fun design and then slide it into an oven to bake. In just moments, watch as the plastic bends, twists and shrinks (by two-thirds) into a smaller, more durable creation.
Alex Brands has taken the Shrinky Dinks brand to new heights with their 3-Dimensional line of Shrinky Dinks. Using a unique silicon mold, you can bake the thin flexible flat Shrinky Dinks shapes into thick sturdy plastic cuffs for bracelets, rings, and more. The creative possibilities are endless!
How It All Began
Did you know that it was a woman who developed the idea? It all begin in 1973, when Betty Morris, a Cub Scout Leader, was looking for ideas for her troop to make Christmas Ornaments. Through a craft book she discovered that when you bake plastic lids in an oven until they shrink into small charms without catching on fire. Inspired, Betty and her co-leader Cathy Bloomberg purchased 1000 pounds of plastic and other items needed to create the first Shrinky Dinks kits. In 3 months they were selling in 27 stores and sold over $50,000 worth of Shrinky Dinks!
- Betty and Katie considered these names Shrink Small, Shrinky Small, Shrinky Little Shrinky Dinky and Shrinky Dinkies. But their friends and husbands all liked Shrinky Dinks the best.
- Shrinky Dinks shrink to 1/3 of its original size and becomes 9 times thicker.
- Shrinky Dinks for therapy: In 2009, Emporia State University explored the use of Shrinky Dinks in art therapy. In 2014, Shrinky Dinks were presented as an art therapy media in a workshop at the American Art Therapy Association Conference.
- In 2014, a team from Harvard University and MIT used Shrinky Dinks to create self-assembling robots.
- Today Shrinky Dinks has been sold in countless stores and in over 40 countries.