Friday, June 26, 2009

Bird Shaped Crayons

Lilly turns 1 next week. We are having a little party for her. This is my first girl party. I am going for cute! cute! cute! Long before I had Lilly, I was in love with birds for my little girl's room. Finally, along came Lilly, and she got birds. Hot pink, orange and birds. With a little red thrown in there because there must always be red.
But you were wondering about the crayons.

So for this little party, I am making some very cute little party favors. Birds, of course. I did not come up with the idea, but I am happy to give credit to the creative girl who did. I found the idea here (click for simple directions) She used materials from this online shop, Bake It Pretty. It is one of my new favorite places. Check back here to see more of their stuff that I used for Lilly's party. For now, here is how our crayons came about and came out. It was lots of fun!

You need an old can, some unwrapped crayon pieces and a candy mold. I got mine from Bake It Pretty. Isn't it adorable?
Melt the crayons in a double boiler. Don't have one? Neither do I. Improvise.

It takes about 8-10 minutes fro the crayons to melt. When they do, pour the wax carefully into the mold. This part is more of a watching part, but the kids still like it.
Let them sit on the counter for a minute or 2 and then pop them into the freezer. In 10 minutes, pop them out of the mold and voila! You have bird shaped crayons!
A couple of notes: we attempted yellow birds after doing orange and red first. Instead of yellow, we got muddy orange. Still cute, but do the lighter colors first, or use one can per color. We also added glitter to the 3rd batch. (Trying to pretty up the mud) I would use more glitter next time. Use a lot more than you think you need. You really can't go wrong with glitter. The hardest part of this craft was waiting for the crayons to come out of the freezer. I will be making these again. And again. And again. In fact, your child may be getting some for his birthday. Happy crafting!

1 comment:

Lillian said...

You are one crafty girl. I am so impressed. Not with just the craft, but your willingness to do it with small children..Your kids must be easier to manage then mine were. Te he he.