Shrink Bot (Shrinky Dink Robot)




Introduction: Shrink Bot (Shrinky Dink Robot)

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Make a wiggly, wobbly plastic robot in just a few minutes!

Step 1: Gather Materials

  • Shrinky Dink sheets (acetate sanded on one side)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Toaster Oven
  • Foil
  • Paper Clips

Step 2: Cut Shrinky Dink Shapes

Cut your shrinky dink material into robot body parts; Head, Body, 2 Arms, 2 Legs. Punch holes so you can connect the body parts together later. One @ the top of the head, one @ the bottom of the head. Five in the body; 1 for the neck, 2 for the arms, 2 for the legs. One in each arm & leg. (See photo.)

Step 3: Color

Color onto the rough side with colored pencils. Place on aluminum foil- spaced out so they don't touch- & toaster oven rack.

Step 4: Bake

Bake at 350 degrees for 1-2 minutes. Watch. You will see it curl up at first- see photo above. (You spaced the out so that when they curl they don't stick onto each other) Don't worry, it will flatten out soon! Keep an eye on it.

Step 5: Connect Robot Parts

Let the robot pieces cool down (1-2 min). Attach your robot's pieces with paper clips (or twisted wires). Yay robot!!!

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    4 years ago

    this is cute.