Thursday, April 28, 2011

Springtime Piggies Birthday: Crayon Favors

This craft tackled a few problems in our house: overflowing crayons, overflowing crayon artwork, and the need for a party favor for my girls’ Springtime Piggies 4th Birthday (click that link to see a round-up of birthday projects). My girls were able to help with these so that made these favors extra special.


I found some heart and sun-shaped muffin molds. Yes, I know it says “daisy” and not sun, but it looks more like a sun to me.


If you look back at my previous crafts, you’ll see there has been some previous sun and heart action going on, as they are Sophie and Sarah’s favorite shapes. (Left: Valentine’s Day Lollipop Covers; Right: The back of their Patchwork Pocket Totes).


I used mostly crayons we already had, but I did have to supplement with a bought box as I had to make them for our friends’ children, plus their 31 classmates at preschool. Most were the Crayola brand, plus there were some stray crayons from restaurant kid’s meals (this was just one of many bags!).


I mainly followed the tutorial on Better in Bulk to make the crayons. I peeled off the wrappers and broke the crayons in about 4-5 pieces. The girls then sorted out the colors into the muffin molds. We tried to mix darks and lights for each crayon. Well, they just threw them in wherever, and Mama secretly switched some around later.


Fill them up pretty full…unlike actual muffins, these will shrink!


I melted the crayons in a 250 degree oven. Some crayons took longer to melt. So I think I left them in the oven for as long as 20 minutes.


And some won’t melt at all. I fished them out with some takeout chopsticks (reason #138402870398475 not to toss them!).


I was bummed at first that they didn’t look as rainbowy as I’d liked. But once they cooled and solidified, I popped one out and look! It’s pretty on the other side!


The silicon molds made it easy for the girls to pop them out as well.


And put back in. And take out. And put back in. And take out.


To package them, I took some narrow zip top bags that you can find at the craft store. After I put in the two crayon shapes, I cut out a square of the girls’ crayon artwork, folded it in half and stapled that to the top of the bag.

And you’re done.


Stay tuned for more Springtime Piggy Birthday fun.

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  1. Ooh I've bookmarked this! It might be just the thing to hand out at my little one's pre-school graduation party. We've got about a million bazillion broken crayons hanging around at our house anyway. :)

  2. I've done this and my kids loved it! Such a cute favor, and great way to recycle!!

  3. Love this! And I love the bags too! We made some egg crayons for Easter and they were a big hit :)

    henry  happened

  4. I love how you used the artwork as a tag! That just makes the project look so cute!

  5. That's such a great idea to involve your girls in gifts for their friends. Everyone loves crayons, so the kids will love them. Cute idea for the artwork tags too.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. These are so creative! I love this idea. Thank you for linking up!

  7. Love this idea! So sweet & useful!

    The Pretty Packages Party is going on now. I'd love for you to stop by and share it.


  8. What a great idea! You could do this in just about any shape and give as a party favor for any type of party. I know my kids LOVE crayons. How fun.

    I'd love if you would stop by and share this on our Saturday Shindig LINKY PARTY:

  9. Great idea! Please come and share it at my link party:

  10. Steph, I love the shapes and your packaging and the fact that the girls were part of the process. The silicone molds are brilliant! I made molded crayons in the past, but baked them in a metal pan and found them difficult to remove. I'm going to have to give it another shot with silicone!

    Thank you for sharing your inspiration and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!

  11. Hi, Steph! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  12. I absolutely LOOOOVE this project (and I love that it was part of a piggy birthday party... love pigs and I have a project with pigs coming up on my blog some day)! It turned out so well and you've inspired me to make one of my own! I also wanted to tell you that I featured you over at my blog here. Please feel free to grab a featured button if you want!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist


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