Friday, January 6, 2012

Project: Crayon

This is a super cute project for any little people (that's children... not actual little people. I know you know what I mean.) that you need a present for. It would make a great favour at a birthday party, a cute stocking stuffer, a gift for your Sunday School class, or a just-beause present for your favourite little someone. It's inexpensive, but useful and cute. For a bigger gift, you could pair the crayons with few colouring books or a roll of art paper.

Here's what you will need:

Silicon mould
An oven
(That's it!)

For the mould, you can use a cupcake mould or an ice cube one, as long as it's a fairly simple design. I used a star-shaped ice cube mould that I got at a yard sale a couple of years ago. See? It pays to go to yard sales!

Before you begin, peel all of the wrappers off of the crayons. It's the biggest pain in the butt part of the project, but there's no getting around it. I'd use the Crayola brand, too... they're at the dollar store (so they're cheap!), and the no-name brands are usually crap (remembering back to elementary school days). Pre-heat your oven to 250. Chop up the crayons and place in the mould, there's no need to grease them. You can mix the colours or make each shape one colour, it's up to you. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes. Check on the part way through and fill the mould up some more, those bad boys really melt down. Take out of the oven, let cool, then pop them out of the silicon mould. Done-skis!

The crayons look cute wrapped in cellophane and ribbon or nicely folded into a piece of tissue. Have some fun with the packaging - that's my favourite part. Since it's a kid-friendly present, make it as bright and cheery as possible. Your little friend will love them! The chunky size is great for toddlers hands, too.

Sorry for the dark and grainy photos, I took this photos right at night before I packaged them up to sent them in the mail. You should totally give this project a try! Let me know how it goes.

Happy Friday - have a great weekend!

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