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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Crayons

For those of us surviving cabin fever in the northern chill, this is a cheap and easy craft for your little ones to do!

Take all the crayons you have that are worn out and have your children peel the paper off of the crayons. (This is great because it should keep your children busy for a long time while you get work done or read a good book - like your Bible!)

Once the crayons are all peeled, get out your metal cookie cutters (if you don't have these on hand you will need to purchase them - but they are usually quite cheap).

Break the crayons into pieces (the children should enjoy this part!) and pile them according to color (again another time consumer!)

Then put wax paper on a cookie sheet and foil around the cookie cutters (if you don't use the foil the crayons won't stay in the cookie cutters.)

Place the cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until melted, and then place them in a freezer to cool (or in our case, out on the back porch!). The crayons should separate from the cookie cutter just enough that you can pop them out easily!

Now give the children time to color with their brand new homemade crayons and enjoy their new works of art!

Though I have very few crafty bones in my body, Genesis 1:26 says God made man in his own image. We see in God's creation the ultimate artistic display. I believe that this is why we find such joy as women when we create a beautiful scrapbook page, a sweet smelling dessert, a new set of curtains, or a bouquet of flowers. God has placed in our hearts a desire to be like him and create. As your children create with their hands, remind them of who the ultimate creator is. Remind them to create for God's glory.

Walk with the King!

*I found this fun craft over at : Me and Lu

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Blogger Morgan said...

I like the idea of using wax paper and metal cookie cutters. My kids and I made some recycled crayons using muffin tins, but it was difficult to get the finished crayons out. I also was unable to get colored wax off of the plastic bowls we used to sort out colors of crayons. Next time I may try sorting them into baggies instead.

Thanks for sharing Courtney!

January 21, 2010 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Oh! What fun! My four-year old is going to love this! I can't wait to do this one with him.
I also treasure your last paragraph about creating and being creative. Very beautifully said.

January 21, 2010 at 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

This is a fun idea. I even think my 15 year old daughter would get a kick out of this. It would be a cute gift to make for a young friend.

January 21, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

We love making crayons!! The silicone baking pans work great, too. Especially if you find them in the $ section at Target:)

January 21, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Lori @ Just Pure Lovely said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. We, like Morgan, also made the mistake of using muffin tins once. I don't think we ever got that was completely out!

January 22, 2010 at 1:14 AM  

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