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Homemade Star-Shaped Crayons January 11, 2013

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We’ve been collecting broken crayons for the longest time. At present we have two 64 oz yogurt containers filled with broken pieces and a one gallon bucket filled with crayons that are still in-use. We like to color. I don’t like wasting craft supplies, so I decided to melt our crayon pieces down into new crayons. I got the idea of making them star-shaped from Sarah’s Pyjama School blog.

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The girls had a really fun time with this project. They each filled three of the six silicone baking sheet shapes with colors they wanted to see blended together.

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While I chopped the crayons into small pieces (the most tedious part of this project) we made predictions of what each star-shaped crayon would look like based on the colors they’d chosen.

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The melting and cooling process was a bit lengthy and the girls busied themselves with other things while I tended to the oven. The crayons baked for 20 minutes on 150°F and cooled for another 20 minutes before I popped them out of the tray.

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Making the crayons star-shaped was perfect. There are five points on each crayon instead of the standard one, which was exciting enough, but when we tested our crayons we found that each point was a different color. How cool!

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Santa Craft November 26, 2012

I haven’t been able to make it out to Michaels or ACMoore in a few weeks and my stock of cheap prepackaged crafts has depleted.

Luckily, I had a huge stack of adhesive foam sheets, some cotton balls, and glue, to make this easy Santa craft for my girls.

Designing the parts was fairly simple. Cutting them out was a little tedious, but the girls enjoyed the craft so much that it made my time spent well worth it! *Don’t ask how I forgot the beard*

 

One long thin black rectangle for Santa’s belt
Two short fat red rectangles for Santa’s arms
Two short thin red rectangles for Santa’s legs
One small yellow square with its center cut out for Santa’s belt buckle

One large red circle for Santa’s belly
One medium white (or peach or brown) circle for Santa’s face
One small circle for Santa’s cap
Two smaller red circles for Santa’s rosy cheeks, and three black for Santa’s buttons
Two tiny black circles for Santa’s eyes

Two black boots
One red cap
One cloud shaped cap liner
Two white (or peach or brown) hands
One black smile, nose, and set of eyebrows

Cotton Balls
Glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting started!

I love how they did different things first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost finished!

She did much better than I’d expected!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All done!

A Santa Family 🙂