Shrinky Candy Jar

Shrinky Candy Jar

This project shows you how to make a fun candy jar for gift giving. You can fill the jar with the candy from the packet for a quick gift.

What you need

Candy bag wrapper
Glass Jar
Oven gloves
Craft Glue


Start by taking your candy wrapper and placing it onto a oven tray.Β Some wrappers shrink better than others but it will still look great placed onto the lid.

Place the tray into a hot oven. The temperature does not matter as long as you watch the oven at all times. Make sure to shrink your wrappers in a well ventilated room.

Watch your wrapper carefully to make sure it does not shrink too small.

Once it begins to distort take it out of the oven and allow it to cool slightly.

Using the oven mitts mold the warm wrapper around the lid of the jar and allow it to cool in place.

You can secure the wrapper with glue and finish off the lid with a piece of ribbon.


  1. I cant follow this that well…

  2. In defense of this project, I have to say that it is so hard to accurately convey some ideas in words or a few pictures. This is one of those projects. It does make a really cute decorated lid and it also recycles the packaging and keeps it from the landfill. Thanks to the author for posting, please be sure to continue posting your ideas. I loved it.

  3. lavenderbythesea says

    I like this! thanks

  4. There are a lot of great ideas on this site. I don’t really care for this particular project though. I’m sure it’s safe if you do it in a well venilated room. I think it looks “tacky.” Not trying to be negative but it does appear to be pointless. πŸ™‚

  5. In reviewing all the comments, it’s obvious one person keeps responding in the same manner attempting to look like more than one person. I feel for you because you “don’t get it,” but it’s quite obvious what you’re supposed to “get.”

    Other than ignorant people posting, this is a cute idea! And very safe if you take proper precautions to be in a well ventilated area. Thanks for the idea!

  6. I dont get the first picture, what’s it supposed to be?

  7. Individual size potato chip/Frito/Cheeto bags make great earrings using this same process. They retain their proportion pretty well. My teens thought this was really excellent!

  8. it works best if you iron it with baking paper on top, because you have more controll over it.

  9. The point is to make a cool looking lid. The best way to do this is to have a toester oven or “craft” oven. We have one in the garage for this like this that need extra venting. Caution for it is hot and melts at differnt rates.

  10. I totally agree about avoiding toxins, but I imagine there may be someone for whom this is appropriate. Don’t many of us know someone who is crazy about one particular candy, maybe from childhood for example? In special cases, it would make an ideal gift

  11. seems it’d be better to forego the shrinking and just cut a circle out of the wrapper and attach as one would some fabric with a ribbon.

  12. she does warn “Make sure to shrink your wrappers in a well ventilated room. ”
    do be silly. if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. someone took the time to write this. Be NICE!

  13. watergoddess1998 says

    its ok

  14. The point is to turn the lid of a normal jar into a decorated lid. You fill the jar with candy from a bag, and use the bag to decorate the lid basically. It’s not a difficult project to understand.
    It is dangerous though without proper ventilation.

  15. I think this looks really really cool but im too paranoid about the toxins to try it. its cool, though!

  16. I didn’t actually make it but it is a really neat idea and i’m sure plenty of people will try it

  17. I don’t get the point of this. the finished progect isn’t very pretty either

  18. I don’t think this is a safe project. The toxins released from the plastic wrapper could seriously harm you and or be deadly. Please don’t risk this.

  19. I don’t really get it.

  20. I do love this idea, but i cant understand what the first picture looks like… πŸ˜€

  21. Why would you even want to make this? I mean, like, what IS the point??

  22. I dont get the point of this craft…:( It makes no sence at all.

  23. what’s the point?

  24. i dont get it,,,

  25. i don’t get what the point is.

  26. I don’t get it, what’s the point of it? The picture isn’t helping me here. Please help!

  27. πŸ™‚

  28. What a great idea to use on a throw away jar like a mayo or pickle jar.

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