I know this is not an original idea; I think many moms have tried this at one time or another. But I thought I’d write about it because it was just so much fun for M. I first saw the idea several years ago in MaryAnn Kohl’s book, Scribble Art.
M has been asking to melt crayons into shapes since we made heart crayons for Valentine’s Day. This kid grabs onto an idea and does not let it go.
10 months later I finally gave in. :)
Actually, the real reason we haven’t done it is that I’ve only had heart shaped muffin tins (the silicone kind). So when I saw some cute tree-shaped ones at Target I grabbed them and one day last week I gave M the good news (you could use cookie cutters, but I felt too lazy to go to all that work, lol). Boy, was he ever excited. He spent a good 10 minutes at the kitchen counter going through his bucket of crayons and picking out the ones he wanted to use.
Yep, just hanging there like a monkey, sorting crayons. Did I mention he was excited? (No, he wasn’t drinking the Coke in the background, that’s just for Mama, hee hee.)
After finding a variety of colors, with a good assortment of green shades, and peeling off all the papers, it was time to break the crayons up. M came up with the hammer idea on his own. Putting them in a plastic baggie first was my idea. ;)
He’s hammering them into tiny pieces in the photo below. Hammering so hard his mouth is hanging open and you can’t really see the hammer because it’s moving so fast. This may have been his favorite part:
We pulverized the greens first, and placed a layer of them in each mold:
Then the pretty colored ones were sprinkled on top:
You want these to be sort of thick, otherwise they may break when you pry them out of the molds. We filled our molds up just a little less than halfway.
We put them in a 150 degree oven for 15 minutes, pulled them out, and as they started to harden, I poked a straw into them to create the hole for the ribbon. Then we put them in the fridge to finish hardening and to loosen up a bit, for another 15 minutes.
We popped them out of the molds (all the trunks broke off, darn it), tied on ribbons, and picked out one for each grandmother:
We colored with the rest for a while, and then hung them on our Christmas tree. Aren’t they pretty?
Honestly, this was such an easy project for me – M did almost all the work, and loved every second of it, from finding the “right” crayons, peeling the papers off, and just about everything else. All I did was put them in the oven and take them out. Well, I tied the ribbons too. But really, as easy as this was, I was surprised at the amount of pure happiness it gave him. I definitely have to find more (cheap) shaped silicone muffin pans!
Have a beautiful day! :)