Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #49:  Don't throw away those broken crayons!  Save them for a fun, rainy day craft!

I found this idea from Homemade by Jill.  She's pretty much the most creative, crafty gal I've never met!   Her tutorial and crayons are much cooler looking than mine...but we try hard here!  You'll want to check out her whole blog for more super wonderful ideas!

 1.  Have your children peel all the paper off those broken, worn out crayons.

 2.  Place container in boiling water.  (Get nervous that it's going to tip over and hold on tight with your toast tongues.)
 3.  Wait for.ev.er. while the crayons melt.
 4.  Carefully pour hot wax into a chocolate mold!  (This was the brilliant part!  These molds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes!  Perfect for any occasion!)


5.  Not pictured...when it comes to the melting the next color:  Don't get confident and shaky at the same time.  You may end of dropping the green wax all over your counter top and stove.  Then you'll need to spend the next 30 minutes working and praying it all comes off before your husband gets home.  Not that it happened to me or anything...
 6.  Let the crayons cool overnight or chill in the frig.  The kids can easily pop these out of the mold.  It's the best part!
 Coloring CARS with cars was so much fun, we had to make a few more colors.
 A rainbow of speed-racing fun!
The boys loved it when I gave them a large piece of paper and they "raced" these all over it!
Fun crayon shapes would be perfect birthday party favors!
We wrapped these up for our little friend that moved away.

What do you do with your old crayons?

10 comments:

Nicole said...

I am so tempted right now to go through our garbage and dig out the crayons I just threw away. Maybe I'll wait for the next broken batch. Great idea!

Katrina said...

LOVE this idea...Thanks for sharing!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

What a super cute idea! I'm half tempted to go break some crayons just so I can do this ;)

une autre mère said...

What a fun and cute craft! My girls would love this. Thanks for sharing!

une autre mère said...
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une autre mère said...

What a fun and cute craft! My girls would love this. Thanks for sharing!

une autre mère said...

What a fun and cute craft! My girls would love this. Thanks for sharing!

Christine Poole said...

We did something similar for Valentines one year. We used a multitude of different colored crayon 'stubs' together and put them in heart shaped muffin tins (we used the flexible ones, which helped get them out). If you place them in the oven for 15 minutes or so, the crayons all melt together. The key is to keep it in long enough to take on the heart shape, but not long enough for the colors to mix together. Then you have heart crayons with lots of colors. It was a big hit with the preschool crowd : )

Christine Poole said...

But if you ever want to try it, beware...it ruins the muffin tin. We kept ours to make heart crayons again someday, but it won't work for muffins again. : )

Amanda said...

You rock my world. I am SOOOO going to do this!

Be blessed-
Amanda