Friday, August 22, 2008

Stocking or Basket Stuffers

This is a really sweet little craft that makes an awesome stocking stuffer, or in the case of these pictures, a fun addition to an Easter basket. They're also a great project to do with your little one, not only can they actually help with this easy process, it helps promote color recognition too.

1. Get some crayons on the cheap (but only by raiding your kid's stash for the broken ones, using a coupon, or checking the store for a box of broken crayons you can get a discount on... be sure to use quality crayons) and peal the paper wrappers off.

2. This is just a matter of preference, but personally I much prefer grouping like colors together, so I sort them. All the various shades of blues together, all the shades of yellow together etc.

3. Cut the crayons into 1/4 - 1/2 inch chunks

4. Fill a mold with the chunks. This mold is a silicone one in the shape of Easter Eggs, the silicone worked really well when it was time to unmold them. I filled each egg with about the equivilant of 5 full size crayons but that will vary depending on the mold you pick, I think the chunkier the better is a good rule of thumb.

5. Melt the crayons in a 250 degree oven just until all the chunks are melted (these took about 12 minutes, but it'll vary depending on your mold).

6. Remove the crayons from the oven and let them cool... if you have antsy little ones, you could put them in the freezer to speed up the cooling process a little.

7. Unmold and get creative!


sewitsforyou said...

I am going to have to try these. Looks like a good give away for sales...thanks for the idea.

Lesa said...

I did this exact thing last year and they turned out so cute! The eggs are the perfect shape to have the colors from the crayons swirl together. I set them out for the kids in a little easter basket of course. :-) I also did them with my first grade students.

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