Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recycle your old color crayons into new one!


What You Need:
  • Crayons bits
  • Muffin Pan
  • Foil
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
Here's How:
  1. Turn oven on to 300 degrees.
  2. Line muffin pan cups with foil.
  3. Spray the foil very lightly with non-stick cooking spray (this is not 100% necessary, but it does make the crayons a bit easier to remove).
  4. Break old crayons into tiny pieces, an inch or less long.
  5. Fill the muffin pan cups with the crayon pieces. Fill each cup with like colors or experiment with mixing colors.
  6. Put the muffin tin in a 300 degree oven, and leave in there until all the crayon pieces are melted.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Once cooled you can pop out your crayons and try them!

Homemade Bath Crayons


Ingredients:
  • 1 bar Ivory soap
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring
Instructions:
  1. Grate the bar of soap. You’ll need about 1 cup of soap shavings. I use Ivory because it’s very mild.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a short cut to the grating, unless you use a food processor. You can’t use detergent or powdered soap. They’re too harsh.
  2. Add food coloring and warm water, a few tablespoons at a time, to the soap shavings and mix until it forms a thick dough. You can add more water or soap shavings to get the right consistency.
  3. Once the dough is firm, you can shape it into crayons by hand or press it into candy molds. I made ours into little cigars so that they’d be easy for little hands to handle.
  4. At this point, you can leave the crayons out to dry and harden. 
Notes:
  • You probably want to test the crayons on your bathtub and other surfaces before you unleash the children with them. Make sure they rinse off.
  • I found some neon food coloring at my grocery store that is splendid. I love it.
  • If you want to make your crayons different colors (as opposed to all one color as in the instructions above), you can separate the soap shavings into smaller chunks, and mix each with water and food coloring to get the right consistency.
  • If you’re interested, you can get real crayon-shaped molds at the craft store.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Groundhog Day!!!



The world’s most famous groundhog emerged

 from his burrow and allegedly saw his shadow

this morning, indicating that we’re in for six 

more weeks of winter.