January 4, 2010

Tip of the day

Save the crayons! Wonder what to do with all of those broken crayons that are in the bottom of the craft drawer or coloring bin? Make color blocks.
  • I have an old muffin tin that is a bit rusted and can no longer be used for food that I use as a mold.
  • Clean any paper off of the crayons and place a mixture of colors in the muffin tins. Fill about half way up each muffin cup.
  • Melt in your oven on the lowest heat that you have. Check the color muffins every few minutes until the crayons are just melted.
  • Set out on a trivet and let cool completely.
  • Once completely cooled, flip them over to remove them from the mold. If you have difficulty removing them, submerge the bottom of the tin in ice cold water. This will shrink the color blocks and should release them.

These are fun for children to use because they can make a swirl of many colors with just a few strokes. They are also great for toddlers because they are easier to hold. You can also use this as a gift project--my cousin's daughters would make heart shaped color blocks to give away for Valentine's Day. Thanks Sisse for the idea!

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