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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Making Crayons!

This morning Jaxon and I made our own crayons! I had a few crayons that have are broken and Jaxon won't color with broken crayons, and neither will the primary kids so I decided to melt them in a tin can on the stove and then pour them into empty pill bottles. It only takes about 10 minutes for the wax to set up and I let Jaxon pick out the order of the colors. I used the same can to melt each color which changed the colors a little bit but it was a fun project to make! We used a crayon maker this weekend and let me just say if there is anyone considering buying this DON'T! The box makes it look like your going to get these fun swirly colors, but in all reality all you get is something that looks like the color of baby poop! HA HA Or you get one dominant color when you're trying to mix the colors. Once you get the crayon wrapper off then it's easy to just put it in the tin can and turn your stove on low heat and it melt within seconds, as opposed to the "Crayon Maker" that takes about 20 minutes for 4 itsy bitsy crayons-which they might as well be broken because the kids just won't color with crayons that arent quite an inch long! Anyway, now I feel like Oprah-like the time she commented about beef and then got sued! I hope there arent any Crayon Maker advocates waiting to serve me papers now! I'm just sayin' it's easy when you have a stove, a pan, a tin can (who doesn't have a can of soup or something), and empty pill bottles to use. But just a bit of advice if you're going to do this, I would use the smaller pill bottles, because I used both big and smaller bottles and the bigger crayon broke all ready and it's was kind of big for Jaxon to grasp. He all ready wants to make more but I just can't bring myself to breaking crayons for this purpose, esp. when they are Crayola crayons-I just like Crayola crayons better than the Dollar Store Crayons but maybe it's just in my head!

Picking out the colors-he's wearing a Harmon's apron just his size that Randy Harmon gave him when we were at Harmon's a few weeks ago-it fits him perfectly! All he needs is a bakers hat!
Picking out colors

Pouring Wax into the pill bottle

Coloring with Spiderman-he's really been into Spiderman and Ironman and I just found out Disney bought Marvel so maybe we will see these characters in Disneyland! I'm hoping to be able to ride some rides while being prego though, no Tower of Terror for me though!

Finished product

Jaxon wanted to take a picture of us making crayons...wow now that's a closeup-whatever you do, don't look at my eyebrows!

If any of my friends do this fun little project PLEASE post your pics-I want to see how they turn out and maybe you could give me a few suggestions for next time!

2 comments:

Kaytee Postma said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!! What a cute idea! I want to do that too! You are so smart to do that with the pill bottles...question though...how do you get the crayon out once it's dry? won't it stick to the bottle?

bRaCkEnS said...

That is a WAY cute idear!!! I like it!!! Looks like you had lots of fun too!!!!