I am on a mission to rearrange, declutter, and inspirify (you know, to make inspiring) my school area. My muse is this blog I stumbled upon this week, and more specifically this post that gives the in depth tour of her family’s learning space. Oh, it is so great– full of beautiful and meaningful toys, tools, books, supplies so beautifully presented with much thought into the needs of each individual child. As organizationally challenged as I am, I am taking baby steps on this mission of mine. I decided to start in the area I feel like I do a pretty good job at providing supplies and creative motivation for my kids. To the art area I went to inventory supplies, sort, purge etc. etc. etc. As I was doing this I realized that the vast majority of the crayons we have came with me from my childhood home, to college, and now here. That’s 12 years old, give or take. They were broken and dry– so I did a little Googling and found a bazillion tutorials for melting and recycling crayons. (Was that introduction long winded enough?)
So, little hands helped me peel away all the old wrappers and sort them into warm and cool jars. I did most of the peeling, Ian did most of the sorting. They peered over my shoulder while I researched and saw crayons made in car shaped candy molds. The crayon users were very adamant that we make car shaped crayons because how fun would that be to drive your car and color at the same time? I made a trip to the craft store to find them and all I could find were pretzel molds. They were shaped like cars though, so I brought them home.
The car molds worked– kind of. I should have thought through the implications of the part of the mold made for the pretzel stick to be inserted into the candy before I started pouring hot wax into them…
Most of it just went onto the counter. Then I had the brilliant idea to fill the pretzel places in with hot glue– um. Not a good idea with a baby underfoot or on your hip. With all the distractions that 5 kids around hot glue can cause I picked up the tray and put my thumb right in a big pool of hot glue. Needless to say, at that point I was done trying to figure out the whole pre-melting crayons to pour in molds with big escape routes for hot wax.
So, onto the much simpler method of filling up mini muffin tins with crayons, melting them in the oven, letting them cool, then popping them out.
It was a much better way to go about this whole project while having all 5 kids involved in some way or another.
They turned out okay. The heating and cooling does funny things to the wax and pigments, so they don’t color as well, but they’re fun. I can say I’ve done it.
And now I have an excuse to buy new crayons and display them all pretty and inspiring like:)