I was searching around for a good group project for our next Crafternoon. We usually have between 40 and 60 kids from ages 3 through 11, so I’m always on the hunt for art projects that are inexpensive but interesting for a wide age range.
Inspired by this post at Dollar Store Crafts, Susan B. and I tried making necklaces by melting Solo cups. It was fun! We liked it. But then my eyes landed on a half-empty package of Chinet Cut Crystal cups (the 9-ounce size) that we had left over from an event. I saw that they were #6 plastic (the kind that Dollar Store Crafts recommends for shrinking), so I decided to give it a try.
I was blown away when the cup melted into … the perfect shape of a fortune cookie. I tried it again … another fortune cookie. Then I started coloring the cups first with Sharpies — even better! I found that if I baked them at about 300 degrees (in our toaster oven) for about 2.5 minutes, they shrank and melted to just the right shape, with openings to slide a slip of paper in after the “cookies” cooled.
We set the oven directly in front of a wide-open window with a box fan sucking air out, to avoid the possibility of any fumes (especially since we are doing it with kids)!