Everybody needs a little color in their life

Written by Jessica Chaffins

Ok….who doesn’t enjoy coloring?!  I mean really, I don’t care how old you get, coloring just puts you in happy place…at peace…getting to watch a beautiful array of colors just take shape.  Oh and the smell of a box of good ole’ Crayola crayons…..ahhh…..just makes me smile.   Makes me think of all the times I just laid on the living room floor with my pencil box full of crayons creating my own little pieces of art!! Even some memories as a kid too hehe!!  Just kidding, kinda.

Needless to say we have a rather large collection of crayons in our house.  Girls have theirs, which just happens to be located in the “school” section as I talked about yesterday, and I have my own (which no one is allowed to touch but me)!  So to help with space in this section of their room, I thought I would share some of what I have done with the large box of crayons.

All the wonderful colors!!

Between getting boxes of crayons as part of gifts, party favors, and leftovers from the school year, their current box is not holding up anymore.  To start, all I did was sort through all the crayons and remove all the broken pieces of crayon.  Piled them up on some newspaper to keep mess at a minimum.  Then all the crayons that were still whole I placed in an old baby wipes container, really glad I decided to keep this one.

Now that their intact crayons have a new home, they will go back on the shelf for their use.  Next it is time to get a handle on all these crayon pieces.  I am sure some people would just throw them away, but being the weird person I am, I don’t have the heart to just throw them away.  Just because they are broken, doesn’t mean they have lived out their purpose.  Soooo…..I am going to just give them new form.  With all the pieces picked out of the mix,  I begin to sort them by color…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…..as I am sorting out the colors, I remove all the paper from the ones that still have it and break up some of the larger pieces to be smaller.  Which I will warn you, this is a big PAIN in the @$$ !! Took me over an hour…they really make sure that stuff doesn’t come off.  It will take a little longer to melt the bigger the pieces if left, so I try to break them as much as I can to melt faster. Anyway, once that is all FINALLY finished, I set my oven to 250 degrees and grabbed my mini muffin pans.

I went through and placed all the paper liners in the pans.  I would rather use foil liners but I was out…bummer.  Doesn’t make much difference but the foil just peels off a lot smoother than the paper ones.  It’s ok though, still pretty easy to do.  Now just fill all these with my pieces (no real order to it, just tossed ’em in) and commence to the melting stage!!

I left each pan in the oven for only about 9 minutes, making sure to keep an eye on it.  I had a good bit of fatter crayons, if pieces were a lot smaller it would only take about 7-8 minutes.  Once I take them out I place them the pan in the fridge for about 10 minutes for the crayons to cool.  After about 10 minutes in the fridge, double check the crayons to make sure they are no longer soft.  If they are good, go ahead and take them out of the pan and start to rip off the paper liners.

Aww, they look like little peanut butter cups, but I highly doubt they will taste as good.  I am so happy now.  All those pieces are now a great new WHOLE  piece.  These can make for a great little gift or little party favors for young guests, maybe with a small note pad included.   I have to say that I am impressed with how much it actually cuts down on space that the actual crayons take up!! Mission accomplished!!

We hope that you saw something here today to help you during your own crafting & life adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments be polite or constructive.
– Sincerely Renee & Jessica


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