Thursday, January 15, 2009

something to do

We have a box of broken crayons to use up so I thought I'd try to re-create an art project I remember my mom doing with me and my siblings. First, we peeled the paper from bunch of crayons.
Next, I grated the crayons up into a bowl till we had a nice mix of colored shavings (that cheese grater may never recover).
The kids sprinkled the shavings over a sheet of wax paper (and pretty much everywhere else). We then placed another sheet of wax paper over them and gently applied an iron on low till the colors were just melted (too much heat and they turned to mud).
The result is a colorful sun-catcher. You can cut them into shapes to hang in a window or keep them as they are. The fun for the kids was definitely in the making of the mess.
Now on to my next task. Sew up those darn pants Kenna is (almost) wearing to avoid any more falling down pants pictures.


  1. My sister and I did that in college- we used Valentine's type colors and then cut them into hearts and tied them with ribbon to tree branches. It made a really pretty sun-catcher mobile!

  2. I remember doing this as a kid, too! I think mom made us use a hand-held pencil sharpener to make the shavings - and I also remember the mess getting all over the place! :)
    Those are some fun creations!


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