- If you are like me, you have a container with a collection full of leftover, random, and broken crayons. And, you may also have a tween daughter that might think those crayons are too “babyish” for her now. I have got the perfect solution all wrapped into a fun fall activity for the whole family!
PHASE 1 – Make Marvelous Melted Crayons
- Remove labels from crayon colors of choice.
- Break into pieces small enough to fit into a silicone ice cube or candy tray. I picked mine up at the dollar bin at Target. Keep in mind, don’t plan on using it for baking again.
- Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, and melt for about 10 minutes.
- Pull out and let cool completely. You can place in a refrigerator to speed up the process.
- Pop out each new marvelously melted shaped crayon!
Here is the best part – you can have so much fun mixing crayon colors and creating new colorful crayon creations – and now they are shaped into a cool new shape – definitely NOT babyish! In fact, I think you make some beautiful works of art!
PHASE 2 – Fabulous Fall Leaf Rubbings
- Put on your walking shoes and go for a nature walk to collect beautifully colored and shaped fall leaves.
- Grap some paper and place over leaves. (I also used a stack of paper under leaves as a smooth surface.)
- With your new melted crayons, rub on top of the paper and see what beautiful textures you will get from your leaves. Keep trying various leaves, and different colors to see what you can create!
- If you enjoyed melting things, you will love this post on Melted Bead Bowls.
- If you can’t help but share your melted crayon creations – put them in a clear container, wrap with colorful ribbon and a tag or label, and give them as a gift. This would make a great homemade Teacher’s gift, Mother’s Day gift, or Just-because gift!
One last goodie-if you liked the label I put on the gift box-here is the free printable.
I printed on 1.5″ diameter white circle labels like these from Avery.
I wasn’t able to pop out (without cracking the ‘new’ crayon) of this flowery ikea tray (which is made for ice i guess…
Make sure that the crayons are completely cool and solid again. Try putting them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
Hope that helps!