We’ve been having some technical problems with our computer so I’m a little late getting around to these posts . . . .
We decided to make some of our Christmas presents this last year. Since we knew our nephews liked to color, I made them some crazy crayons!
Here’s my process:
1. First, I chose colors in similar shades, tore off their wrappers, and broke them up into little pieces.
2. Next, I put the little crayon pieces into tin cans (the smaller the can, like a small olive can, the better), putting all the blue pieces in one can, red in another, white in another, etc.
3. I put all the cans on a cookie sheet and then put it in the oven on the lowest heat setting our oven offered, checking every few minutes or so to see if they were melted.
4. Once melted I took out the cans and poured the melted crayons into candy molds, alternating colors in each mold. I found that the crayons hardened back up very quickly so I usually only took one can out of the oven at a time.
I don’t have step by step photos, but here is how they turned out:
If I had taken step-by-step photos, they would have shown the melted crayon I got ALL over the kitchen counters, the floor, cookie sheet, and on me. Let’s just say it was a colorful project. 🙂 I also would have taken one of the burns I got on my wrist from the oven rack. Twice. Be careful pulling those tins out!
If you’ve seen other tutorials, most of them say to put the crayons directly into a mini muffin or cake tin, and then pop it into the oven. I use my mini muffin and cake tins pretty often and wasn’t sure if the crayons would ruin them, so I used a plastic candy mold (do not put these in the oven!). If you have an old mini muffin tin that you don’t care about, I’d recommend that you do it that way. Much less mess! Otherwise, you can find a plastic candy mold at any craft store.
Good luck! 🙂
I actually made this a long time ago, but I kept forgetting to post it. 🙂
Not long after my brother told me that he and his wife were having a baby, I came across this adorable Baby Bird stitchery (she has a free printable pattern and tutorial if you want to make it also!). I wanted to make it for my niece who was on the way, however . . . even though I love being crafty, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull this one off. I finally decided to give it a try. Knowing that they were decorating the nursery with owls, I switched out the baby bird in the pattern for an owl. After getting all the materials for the picture, I realized that I should have asked what colors they were decorating with to make sure it would match. My brother sent a few photos and thankfully it matched pretty well with what they had – whew! 🙂 But, there was also a mural on the wall that was almost exactly the same as the picture I was making. Ooops! I didn’t really mean for it to be so matchy-matchy, but by that time I didn’t have time to create a new design, so I went with it.
I think it turned out pretty cute:
Here are some photos of the nursery. Didn’t they do a great job decorating?
And here is my super-adorable niece. I just love her so much 🙂 I could seriously stare at her all day!
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