How to Shrink Candy Wrappers

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Turn candy wrappers into accessories or dollhouse decorations by putting them in a toaster oven. The heat shrinks the wrappers to a miniature size and makes them a hard plastic. Punch a hole in the top of the wrappers before shrinking to insert a jump ring and add to an earring or necklace. Shrinking candy wrappers is a project that will entertain children or teenagers for an afternoon of creating.

Things You'll Need

  • Candy wrapper
  • Paper towel
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toaster oven
  • Spatula
  • Empty the candy wrapper.

  • Wipe down the candy wrapper with a damp paper towel to remove any crumbs.

  • Preheat a toaster oven to 325 degrees F.

  • Place the wrapper---logo side down--- flat on a cookie sheet.

  • Insert the cookie sheet into the toaster oven.

  • Watch the wrapper shrink down to a miniature size and remove the cookie sheet with oven mitts when finished shrinking. The process of shrinking usually takes two to 10 minutes.

  • Turn off the toaster oven and allow the wrapper to cool for 15 minutes.

  • Remove the miniature wrapper from the cookie sheet, using a spatula if it is slightly stuck.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cut the wrapper into shapes like stars for a different look.
  • Spray the wrapper after cooling with a clear acrylic spray to prevent scratches if being worn as jewelry or a key chain.
  • Supervise children and teenagers when doing this project.
  • Open windows and ventilate when shrinking wrappers in the toaster oven.
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