Do This: New Crayons from Old

Tomorrow I am hosting a playdate with friends where the mamas each made something to put in Easter baskets for the little ones. We each made our item, en masse, so that we could exchange the goods and be able to fill up our little ones baskets with a variety of handmade goodies without having to make each item ourselves. Clever, no?

Our project was making easter-shaped recycled crayons. I found a sale on a silicone mold with bunnies and baskets and Ewan and I went to town.

He happily spent nearly two hours peeling all the papers off the crayons and breaking them so that they fit into the mold.

Now this idea is nothing new. I’ve read about it many places in the past, always flagging it in my mind as a way to use all the broken and old crayons that I still had stashed from my teaching days. The instructions I followed, most closely, were over here.

Once the crayons were peeled and broken to fit into the mold, we put about eight crayons into each shape, they went into the oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Once they were all melted, we had to wait for them to cool down, but then they popped right out of the mold. Super easy!

Of course, we had to wrap up our little gifts and put on tags. I found a little more inspiration for the tags over on another blog, just in the nick of time.

Voila. Perfect little gifts to put into Easter baskets.

I can’t wait to see what the other mamas bring to the exchange!

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  • http://bambinosteps.com Kimberly

    Cute ideas all around! Hosting an Easter basket exchange is so brilliant – I hope I remember to tuck that one away for future use.

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  • Aunt Sandy

    Those are too cute!

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