Wednesday, December 5, 2012

quick, easy recycled christmas present every child will love...

I've shared this miracle trick on the blog once before, but this year I decided to take it a step further and buy moulds that were a bit smaller and rounder for the littlest of little hands to grasp. (I was so excited to get these moulds in fact, that I cut the bag open with scissors only to discover I cut two of the moulds right through - as in photo- sigh!)

Make your own rainbow crayons in a matter of minutes- simply take old broken crayons and place pieces in a silicone mould; melt in the oven on low (160˚C) for 10-15 minutes, remove and let cool until hard again.
To be terribly honest I am not a huge fan of Crayola crayons as they are very weak in colour, they break easily and once they've been worn down the children find it hard to peel the papers off of them (sorry, Mum!), however they're perfect for this project (thanks, Mum!). And who wants to waste their beautiful Stockmar crayons in the oven?

I packed a few little drawstring bags up with a handful of new stone-sized crayons each and plan on gifting them to friends and playmates through the holidays.
Do you have gifting making plans this season?


arwen_tiw said...

Stockmar crayons take less time to melt and make lovelier crayons with this method - but as you say, no cutting up of those if it can be avoided haha! I had chance to make some with Stockmar crayons when one of my little darlings went through a phase of chewing on crayons. *sigh* So many little bits of the precious expensive art materials... Ah well, beauty from ashes and all that. ;)

Catherine said...

I love creating these Miss 8 has some leftover crayons from school I might give these a try. I am trying to make a few things for Christmas but not so much as last year, just small things like necklaces using polymer clay. I made a few beads yesterday and had a lot of fun. xx

sarah said...

i must make a batch of these .... really love them and handmade is best that is for sure!

Accidental Lentil... said...

oh what a good idea. i have done the same thing with scissors. bummer.

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