At the end of the Christmas holidays I had a big sort out in our craft cupboard, I was hanging onto far too many bits and bobs on a ‘just incase I find a use for them’ and was trying to be ruthless to make a path into my overflowing cupboards. the trouble is I hate to throw anything away if I can think of an upcycling idea. I had sorted all the crayons out and had a bag of scrap stub ends, but instead of throwing them out an idea began to form. As I child I remember to this day finding myself in all manner of trouble when I began experimenting melting my crayons on my parents radiators. It made a lovely pattern much to my parents horror. Images flooded back to me and I thought I build on the idea in a more constructive way. If I could find a way to melt the crayons into new, more fun shaped crayons, and even add a fragrance to them it would make a great experiment and a wonderful sensory experience for little ones. It took me a few goes where the kitchen looked like something out of a chemistry lesson before I found something that worked, but the end result is worth sharing.
What you’ll Need
Old broken crayons, paper coating removed
Silicon cake pop tray
Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or curry spices
Jug suitable for heating in the oven
Place the crayon stubs into the silicone molds, you can use one or more colours per mold
Add quarter of a teaspoon of your chosen spice per mold, you may find it easier to only put the spice into the single colour molds.
Place the mold on a baking tray & bake for 2 minutes in a moderate oven, about 150 degrees.
Remove from oven, turn the tray and stir the spice into the melting crayon, this is why it is best not to add spice to the multicoloured crayons or the colours will mix too. Return to the oven for a further 2 minutes.
Check and remove when melted, do not leave them too long or the crayons will bubble and spoil. Leave to cool for a good half an hour.
Place a selection of the same colour of crayon in a jug
Place the jug in the oven, checking and stirring every couple of minutes. Remove when melted
Pour over the base layer of crayons in the molds
Leave to set for a further half an hour. Chilling in the fridge is a good idea once they have begun to set.
Turn out your multicoloured shaped sensory crayons.
Have fun smelling and colouring with your rainbow coloured finished crayons.
A Few Additions you could Try
Place them in a jar with a pretty label as a gift.
Why not try one a large crayon instead of little ones
See if you can find other substances to hold the fragrance, we tried garden herbs crushed and fine oils but the oils sometimes separated from the crayons and the garden herbs were too subtle.
You could use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create a large heart shaped Valentines cookie.
A Vlog tutorial to make scented shaped multicoloured crayons
Joining in with Trash2Treasure
If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.
January my not have had the most link ups ever but wow there were some great upcycling ideas making it so hard to pick a winner. In the end for a beautiful finished job I chose Emmy’s Mummy with her pirate bedside chest of draws completing Harry’s new bedroom. Congratulations Clare, 3 fun Duck Tape Colours on their way to you for more upcycling projects.
I said this month was hard and if you take a look at these wonderful ideas you’ll see why:
A sock and a syrup tin made a wonderfully simple stationary holder for Time to Craft
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.