Thursday, January 6, 2011

Making Crayons

 The boy has been into coloring for quite a while. When he picks up a crayon, he transforms from 5yo crazy boy into a serene artist. It is, I must say, a wonderful transformation.
The pic to the left is a recent pic about a helicopter robot that he got for Christmas. This story is about the robot flying up and then falling into a ditch. He got a few drawing books from his Granna for Christmas and in the drawing book each finished picture is colored. The colors of the picture are detailed in small bubbles below the pic--so, now his pics have those color bubbles to show what colors he used in the picture!

"I Love My Family" was a picture inspired by his teacher last year at school. It's one of my favorites!

The truck is one of the pics in his drawing book. I love the fact that his truck looks different from the generic one in the book--and I love his the best!
So, the only problem with this love of art and coloring is that he is a bit of an artist-snob about using "used" crayons. Can I just tell you how many old crayons we have in our house?! Sometimes I think the house is being taken over by them! Loving grandparents and friends give him new crayons every so often, and why use old crayons if you have new ones? But my problem is what do we do with all these old crayons? Well, a friend sent over one idea as a Christmas gift suggestion, and the wonderful grandparents bought it for him. We used it for the first time yesterday, and really loved it! The Crayola Crayon Maker is so easy! You get to mix up colors of crayons, melt them, and pour them into crayon-shaped molds. The cover locks on when the machine is hot, and we enjoyed  coloring and playing play dough while we waited for the crayons to cool. Our next batch of crayons will sport some glitter (I think that will work), and we may be giving really cool (inexpensive--ok, basically FREE) original-colored crayons for gifts! If you want to get creative with this, using silicone baking molds or jello molds (like these or these or these) can work well too--just melt the crayons in the microwave and pour into the molds. Let cool, pop out, and you have crayons in interesting shapes. Try layering, mixing colors, or adding glitter for these too. There's a whole new life waiting for those used crayons!!
Linked to Frugalicious Fridays, I'm Loving It, Frugal Fridays here and here, Pumpkin Seed, Look at Me, Feature Yourself Friday, Friday Favorites and FAB Friday.


  1. That sounds like a lot of fun! I bet my son would love to do that.

  2. Make your own crayons is a very very cool idea! (almost as cool as the boy making a key to know what colors are in his pictures)
    One of my "wishes"/"to dos" is to get a coloring book... weird I know, but I haven't colored in years and it sounds like such fun!!

  3. This looks like so much fun!! I have lots of crayons because I constantly buy new crayons, I love new crayons and I don't like using old dulled and rounded crayons so I have a lot of those to use to make NEW crayons. Oh, what fun. Thanks for posting this. Linda