Tags: arts and crafts, crayons, diy, eco-friendly, kids, recycled
Kids love crayons. They like to color on walls, on furniture, on everything! Kids also tend to break crayons, and I’ve noticed that a broken crayon isn’t nearly as appealing to a child as an unbroken one. In my classrooms, I would always end the year with a GIANT bin of broken, paperless crayons that had been ignored by my preschoolers. And like most preschools, we were encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle our materials as much as possible to keep our budget in line. So I would chip the broken crayons up, combine them in multi-colored piles, and melt them in mini-muffin tins to create brand-new crayon cuties. The children always loved them!
BENEFITS OF CHUBBY CRAYONS:
- Helps to develop fine motor muscles in the hands, which are important for pre-writing
- Prevents pre-writers from “fisting” crayons, forcing them to use finger grips instead
- Easy for even the smallest artists to grasp and pull across paper
Making your own Crayon Cuties:
1. Gather up any broken crayons you have around the house.
2. Peel off crayon papers and break into small pieces.
3. Place broken crayons in mini-muffin tins in solid or varied colors.
4. Bake in 300 degree oven for 5 minutes, or until wax is completely melted.
5. Immediately place in the freezer and allow to cool completely before removing from tins. Enjoy!
Tags: book, charm pack, crafts, food, giveaways, picture frame, soap, Thrifty Thursday, tissue art
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Tags: brooch, craft, eco-friendly, felt, flower, frugal, pin, sewing
Felt is one of the most economical fabric choices you can find. I purchase Eco-Fi felt (made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic) at Ben Franklin Crafts for $0.33 regular price, or $0.25 on sale. It’s amazing how many things we’ve created in our home using felt. My favorite thing to make are felt flower brooches and hair clips. I sell them in my Etsy shop, which is still on vacation mode as we move to the Big Island. Today I’ll show you how to make a very easy flower brooch. Minimal supplies and sewing skills are needed!
- felt, in the color of your choice
- coordinating thread
- small piece of cardstock or thick paper
STEP 1: Make pattern for petals on cardstock and cut out. It can be as big or as small as you want, depending on the desired size of the finished brooch. I made mine about the size of a half-dollar. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
STEP 2: Use the pattern to trace and cut out felt shapes. I made five for my brooch.
STEP 3: Use a running stitch through the bottom of each petal as shown. I used contrasting thread so you can see the stitching. After running through all four petals, pull tight to gather.
STEP 4: Add on additional felt shapes, continuing the running stitch as you go. After adding on the last shape, run a stitch through the base of the flower bunch and knot to secure. Secure the pin-back to the underside of the flower using needle and thread or hot glue.
***I apologize for the poor quality of these photos. My camera is missing! I used my iPhone camera as a substitute.***
Tags: arts & crafts, eco-friendly, kids, recycled, shrinky dinks
The definition of “thrifty” is-
1 : thriving by industry and frugality : prosperous
3 : given to or marked by economy and good managementsynonyms see sparing
- Plastic containers
- colored pencils or markers
- coloring book
- aluminum foil
- hole punch
- Be sure the plastic container is marked with a triangle with a 6 in the middle. Otherwise the plastic is too thin and may burn or cause a fire.
- Adults: Cut off a flat piece from the plastic.
- Adults: Using a permanent black marker draw a picture. It may be easier to trace a small one from a coloring book. You can write names too for charms.
- Kids: Color with colored pencils or markers.
- Kids with adult supervision: Cut the picture out using scissors.
- Adults: Use a hole punch to make a hole if you’ll be using it for a charm, a sun catcher or on a mobile.
- Adults: Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees F.
- Adults: Place the plastic pieces on aluminum foil and carefully place in the oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The plastic will curl but flatten as it’s finished. Cool before handling.
NOTE: The plastic may shrink as much as 75%. You may want to experiment to get the correct size you are looking for.