It's recession time. You want to save money while trying to be "green" and you like the idea of your kids making some homemade gifts. Plus you're the not-so proud owner of a ginormous stubby crayon collection comprised of every crayon your kid has received from the time he was able to grasp objects and half of which is made up of those barely used restaurant crayons you felt so bad leaving on the table all those times you've dinned out with the kids. Why not recycle those babies into some cool, fun-shaped new crayons that scream "look at how cool I am being all green and spending special parent and me time with my kid and stuff." You'll make your mother-in law smile and your sister-in law green with envy seeing how you truly are the better parent.
Step 1: Gather necessary materials
To turn ugly broken crayon pieces into beautiful, fresh, shiny new fun-shaped crayons you'll need:
Crayons and crayon pieces of all sizes and colors
A plastic candy mold (yes, fully aware this purchase is not so "green" but remember you're trying to achieve an "eco-friendly" gift that's also something a kid would actually want to use so you can justify the purchasing this piece of cheap plastic knowing that you'll love this project so much you'll want to do it often)
Extra Items include:
Old cups to melt your crayon pieces into
Pretty Packaging Items:
Clean cereal box
small plastic treat bags (again not so green--still thinking of a way to package the crayons using a recycled material)
ink stamp pad
Step 2: A crayon hunting you will go
Take those hands and dive right in to your crayon graveyard. Search for colors that you have a lot of and that compliment each other.