Crayons are a main staple in a kid’s play area. They lead to the classic all-telling family portraits, renderings of favorite pets, playthings and favorite moments. Those waxy sticks are the gateway to colorful creativity that will stay with children the rest of their lives.What more can we ask for?
How about some glittered and layered colors in super cool shapes like stars and hearts? Sure these are sold at the store, but did you know that you could make your own version from the crayons you already have?
This is a process I’ve been doing for years. I love it because it not only works great for little hands, but also for teen and adult mixed media artwork. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful way to recycle old, broken crayons and give them new life.
- 1 large box of crayons (check for store sales)
- Silicone baking molds (found at the dollar store)
- Ultra fine glitter (gold or silver works best)
- Toothpick or Popsicle stick
- Sort the crayons by shades. In one pile, combine reds, pinks, oranges, yellows. In another blues, purples, violets, greens, etc.
- Remove the paper from every crayon.
- Break all of them into ½—1” pieces.
- Drop the pieces in the mold compartments.
- Microwave on high for 15 second intervals.
- Once the wax is melting, pour in a healthy pinch of glitter; use the stick to fold it in and add swirled designs.
- Let cool, or put in freezer for several minutes and pop out the crayons.
Kathy Cano-Murillo is a mommy, wifey and founder of the award-winning site, Crafty Chica and is the author of the novels Waking Up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing.