Friday, May 27, 2011

Crayon Crafts!

Hello Blogger World!
I am finishing up some teacher gifts this week. And in the process, my little princess want to help! We all have tons of broken crayons all over, so here are a couple of things that you can do with them! Today will be Part 1, and tomorrow I will show what else I am doing with crayons for a teacher gifts.
I am sure that you all have seen how to melt broken crayon in the oven, but how about the microwave??? I had this candy mold (you can pick them up at any craft store). They are perfect because they are plastic. Once the crayon has harden, they just pop out! Easy and super cute!
We sorted the crayons by similar colors. This was a great thing for little hands to do, plus it's a teachable moment! I have a small ceramic crock that we put the broken pieces in. We started with different reds. I microwaved it for about 2 minutes. Keep checking your microwave. Use a oven mitt to remove it.
Be careful!!! It will be very hot!
Pour your first color into each shape. Now, we were just melting a few of each crayon and color at a time. Fill about 1/4 to 1/2 full in your candy mold. Wipe out your microwave safe dish with a paper towel and add the next color of crayon to be melted. this is how you can get a layered look! When that color is melted, add that to your 1st color. By the time we added the 2nd color, the 1st color had already started to harden. Another option is you could use a toothpick to swirl the colors to give it a marbled look. Fun!
We then carefully put them in the freezer. By the time Cinderella was done with lunch, so were the crayons! We made enough crayons to give to the neighbors!
She loved using them on paper and seeing how the different colors came out onto the paper!
Enjoy and more crayon projects to come!