How to Make a Shrinky Dink Indian

Indian image by Jonathan Kendrick

Thanksgiving began when the Indians and Pilgrims joined together to eat a big celebratory meal. Your children can celebrate Thanksgiving by making their own shrinky dink Indian.


Step 1

Buy some shrinky dink sheets either at your local craft store or online (see Resources below).

Step 2

Use the rough side of the shrinky dink sheet to draw your Indian on.

Step 3

Use a brown pencil crayon to draw the outline of your Indian. Make the Indian slightly larger than you really want him to be, since the Indian is going to shrink.

Step 4

Color your Indian in with pencil crayons. Add colorful feathers and beads like the Indians wear. You can even color your Indian upon a horse if you want to.

Step 5

Cut your Indian out. Leave a small clear space around the edges of the Indian to make up for some of the shrinking that is going to take place.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, set your Indian on a cookie sheet with its color side facing up and put it in the oven for 1 minute.

Step 7

Remove from the oven and let the Indian cool off before using.

Tips and Warnings

Punch a hole in your Indian with a hole puncher, thread a piece of string through the hole and tie to form a necklace. Cut a strip of magnet to stick on the back of your Indian and decorate your refrigerator with it. Watch your shrinky dink in the oven at all times. It can burn in less than 2 seconds.

Things You'll Need

Shrinky dink sheets, Cookie sheet, Pencil crayons

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Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.

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