Do you have a drawer full of broken crayons leftover from previous kids’ crafting? Don’t throw them out just yet. Upcycle them into your own multicolour Easter craft creations for these crazy crayons.
Children will love the surprise colours that come out as they draw with these wacky shapes. Making them is great, too, with lots of melting colours and filling moulds to keep little ones out of trouble for a few minutes at the very least! They’ll need a hand when it comes to putting them in and out of the oven so make sure you’re on call for that bit.
We’ve made ours in rabbit shapes, which would be perfect for Easter, but you can make them whatever shape you want – hearts, stars and bars are all favourites of ours. Silicone ice cube trays are perfect if you don’t have specific moulds and because you can pop them straight in the dishwasher you can reclaim them for ice as soon as you’re finished crafting.
You will need
Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees and fill the bunny moulds (or whatever other moulds you’re using) with small broken pieces of crayon. We think it’s nice when you tone the colours in groups – like orange and red or blue and purple.
Bake in the oven for around 10-15 minutes, until the waxes have just melted. Carefully remove from the oven using oven gloves, and allow to cool on a wire rack, still in the moulds. When they’re cool enough to handle pop them in the refrigerator for about an hour.
When completely cooled and set, pop the new bunny crayons out of the moulds and they’re ready! Now all that’s left to do is to create beautiful multi-coloured drawings with them, and we’ve got a sense that your kids will probably be pretty good at that!
Craft: by Suzie Attaway