Category: Crafting

Getting Crafty: Easy to Make Molded Crayons!

I made molded crayons this week from my daughter’s broken pieces of crayons! I got the idea from multiple pins seen on Pintrest.com. I love Pintrest, because I can find things I want to do right away and I can share my inspiration with others. An awesome site that I recommend everyone to join! I’m going to share below what I did so that you can too!

Tools You’ll Need:

1 Popsicle Stick for Stiring the melted wax
1 Tin Can for melting the crayons in ( I would recommend using multiple cans for each color you are melting but I only had one at the time)
1 Chocolate Shape Tray ( I picked up a seashell one from my local craft store for about 1.00 using a coupon!)
1 Pot for for heating the Tin Can up and melting the wax.

 How to…

Gather all broken crayons and make sure the wrappers are taken off. You can get the kids to do that part because if your child is anything like mine, they are the reasons all the wrappers are missing anyways. Then have your kids sort the crayons by colors  into your tin cans.  The next part is something that you’ll probably want to do instead of your child depending on their age.

Then create a makeshift double boiler by filling a saucepan with water & set your cans, filled with crayons, inside. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer, stirring every once in awhile with your Popsicle stick.

Once the crayon wax is melted, you’ll be ready to pour them into your molds! Make sure to use an oven mitt or potholder so you don’t burn yourself because things can get hot! Simply pour the wax into the mold. You can mix things up by adding two different colors and swirling around or you could add one color wax let it dry and pour a different color to finish the design.  Solid crayons work perfectly fine too!

I was surprised how fast the crayons cooled off! These slide right out when they are cool enough. I really enjoyed doing this and am looking forward to finding more fun mold shapes to make crayons out of. I think for my daughter’s birthday I’ll make some special crayons. I even found a Unicorn Candy Mold on Amazon that I know she’ll love! Possibilities and combinations are endless, I’ve seen rocket ships, cars, lego blocks, crosses, hearts, and so much more!

Have you ever made your own crayons? Share your experience with me here!

 

Christmas Colored Paper Chain

 

I’ve been looking for fun crafts to do with my three year old daughter to celebrate the Christmas season. This weekend we created a paper chain in Christmas colors to hang around the house. It doesn’t get much easier than this and it provides for a lot of fun. You can pre-cut or let your child cut our strips from red,white, and green colored construction paper. I pre-cut and then let my daughter use a glue stick to attach the ends together adding link after link in the pattern we choose. We plan on making another one soon as part of the decorations for my sons first birthday party!

How to make your own “AFFORDABLE” Autumn Wreath…

I love the Autumn season and this year I’m getting a little more crafty in decorating my home for it. I figure I’d start with a wreath since there was a score of great items to use for one (believe it or not) at the Dollar Store! My wreath turned out so nice that I’m probably going to go back for another wreath form and making a centerpiece for my dining room table. So how much did this project cost me? As little as $7.00 (Someone my husband showed this wreath too thought it cost $50 )! I adore decorating when it won’t break our budget!

The material I used and bought to make this wreath are

  • 1 Large Wreath Form (1.00)
  • 3 picks of leaves (3.00)
  • 6 pics variety pumpkin, squash, cat tail.. with leaves ($3.00 because they were 2 for 1.00)
  • I used about 6 sticks of glue in my little glue gun but I was being pretty generous.

To start, I plucked/cut all the leaves off the pics and sorted them by color piles. You don’t have to do that but I was making my life easier when it came to gluing everything on the wreath. I placed leaves and glued and placed and glued until my wreath was nice and full with none of the form showing through. I think added the pumpkins, squash, cat tails, and other embellishments on top of the leaves making sure to spread them about in a non uniform looking way. I then glued more leaves on my wreath until I was happy with it. Voila! So simple and such a fantastic crafty decoration to add to making my home more welcome during the Autumn season.



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