Frugal Christmas Ornament for Kids

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Kid-Made Frugal #6 Plastic Shrinky Dinks Christmas Ornament from Lalymom

Do you remember baking off shrinky dinks as a kid? Did you know that you can actually make them using #6 Plastic, which is often used for the lids of restaurant take-out lids? It’s pretty easy to do and it is a fun way to make a personalized annual Christmas ornament that is actually durable! It should totally withstand being stored between your nativity set and that nutcracker collection! I made one with my 3 year old this year and I could see us making a new one every year!

Here is what you’ll need:

#6 Plastic, as big as you can find! (or store-bought shrink film)
Hole Punch
Sharpie Permanent Markers
Parchment Paper
Sheet Pan
Oven preheated to 325 degrees
Hook or thread

Baking #6 Plastic Shrinky Dinks from Lalymom


1. Cut out the large flat portion of your lid. (Best done by an adult since the plastic could be sharp)
2. Trace or draw the exterior shape that you want as large as possible on the plastic. (we used a Christmas Tree but any shape would be fun!)
3. Cut out your shape and punch a hole near the top center where you will add the hook
4. Have the kids decorate the plastic with the Sharpies. (I covered the work surface and made sure my daughter was wearing old clothes, since they are permanent markers.)
4. Once decorated, lay your plastic in between 2 layers of parchment paper and place on the sheet pan.
5. Bake until the plastic stops shrinking. (Time varies greatly, see tips post at link below.)
6. Remove from oven and set something large, heatproof and flat on top to flatten the piece.
7. Once cool, loop your thread of hook through the hole and you’re done!

I highly recommend checking out my Tips for Baking Shrinky Dinks that includes #6 Plastic, store-bought clear shrink films and printable inkjet shrink film.

Shrinky Dinks Christmas Ornament from Lalymom

My tree started about 6 1/2 inches tall and after baking it is 2 1/2 inches tall. Sizes and shrinking will vary.

Ready for more? How about some stocking stuffers? These DIY toys could totally be made using #6 plastic shrinky dinks! (You can’t use the #6 plastic in your printer, like I do in some of these projects, but you can trace any picture you want to get the same effect!)
This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and was written by Laura from Lalymom.

Lalymom is written by Laura Marschel, a Chicago-based stay-at-home mom to two lovely children. Follow along on her Facebook Page and Pinterest Board for more fun, frugal ideas!

25 Frugal Days of Christmas at Frugal Homeschool Family

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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 9 {2}: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day10: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers
Day 10 {2}: 6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas
Day 11: Repurposed, Reused, Free and Frugal Christmas Decor
Day 12: Frugal Gift Idea: Favorite Things Memory Box
Day 12 {2}: Frugal Family Christmas Tradition Ideas
Day 13: Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

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