How to Shrink Candy Wrappers

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

Step 1

Empty the candy wrapper.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Preheat a toaster oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Insert the cookie sheet into the toaster oven.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Tip

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.

Warning

Supervise children and teenagers when doing this project.

Open windows and ventilate when shrinking wrappers in the toaster oven.

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