|Crayon Melted Rock Paperweights and much more! (This photo is from pepperpaints.com)|
By far, some of the easiest and most beautiful gift project ideas have always been the simplest. I haven't quite figured out if the beauty is in the simplicity or that its just so beautifully fun and economical. I suspect a bit of both I guess.
How to Make Melted Crayon Paper Weights:
I am modifying this original post for Hot Rocks because I was really trying to figure a way to do it with the youngest of children without any ouchies. I mean, you say to a group of preschoolers, "watch out, sweetie, it's hot." Someone is bound to test the 'how-hot-is-it-theory'. Have kids create their own crayon shavings by crushing them in bags or with cheese graters and then the children can arrange the shaving on a rock before it goes in the oven. Bake it at 130F for about 5-7 minutes and let it cool. It makes an awesome paperweight gift!
|Heat pottery and color it! Great gift idea!|
How to Make Melted Crayon Pottery:
- Small Ceramic Flower Pots
- Old Mittens for the children
- Adult Oven Mitts
- Table covered in newsprint
- Handy bowl of ice water
- Black Marker for names
We keep ice water handy for the tempted little ones that feel temp checks are needed. For any toasted little fingers~they quickly take the plunge!
Gift Idea: After it has completely cooled, place colored tissue papers inside with a handmade card or a seedling that the child has helped sprout.
Extension: Standard crayons look great, but if you add a few glitter crayons it really adds that special touch!