Here’s a fun way to reuse those worn-down stubs of crayons. They really work!
What You Need:
You can get fancy with colors,or just keep it simple.
* Old crayons
* Microwavable cup
* Paper towels
* Cookie cutters
* Pot holders
* Waxed paper
1. Peel the paper off crayons and break crayons into 1 inch pieces.
2. Place three or four pieces of a similar color into a microwaveable cup.
3. Place cup in the microwave on top of a paper towel.
4. Cook on high 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Caution: Cup gets hot.)
5. After wax is melted, hold the cup with a pot holder and pour the melted wax into a cookie cutter that has been placed on waxed paper.
6. To create a layered effect, pour wax into a small section of the cookie cutter; allow to cool, then pour another color over the first layer until you have several layers of color.
7. Clean cup with a paper towel before wax hardens.
8. When wax is hardened, push forms out of cookie cutters.
You will need:
The shells of 6 eggs
1 tsp very hot water from the tap
1 tsp flour
Wash the eggshells well, so they don’t have any egg left in them. Dry them and grind them with a rock on the sidewalk or other concrete surface. Make sure the rock you’re using for grinding is clean so you don’t get dirt ground in with the eggshells. Grind the eggshells into a fine powder. You’ll need one soupspoonful of this powder to make a stick of chalk.
When you have enough powder to make a stick of chalk, sift or pick out any little bits of eggshell that are still not ground up and throw them away. Scoop the powder into a cup or paper towel and bring it into the house for the next part.
Stir the flour and hot water together in a small dish to make a paste. Put the soupspoonful of eggshell powder into the paste and mix well. It may help to mash it with the back of the spoon. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want colored chalk.
Shape this mixture into a chalk stick. Then roll it up in a strip of paper towel and set aside to dry. (Drying takes about three days.) Then just peel the paper off one end and you’re ready for some sidewalk art.
For really big sticks of chalk, try making 3 times this recipe, and stuff the mixture into an old [...]
I Love Baseball Box
Give your favorite baseball fan this cute box which makes for a delightful gift. Better yet, help your favorite fan create this box themselves. It is a fun, easy project that children of all ages will enjoy. Smaller or larger round boxes can be used, and a tower of these boxes in assorted sizes makes great storage for your favorite slugger. If you do not have a red paint pen, red acrylic paint and a very fine brush can be used instead.
4 inch round papier mache or wood box
White acrylic paint Red acrylic paint pen
Rub on baseball designs or stickers
Varnish or sealer (optional) Cover your work surface with newspaper. Paint the round box with a coat of the white acrylic paint. Let dry for at least an hour (or as long as the paint directions specify). Apply a second coat and let dry for at least an hour. Once the white paint is dry, add the baseball detail to the top of the box as shown in the photo using the red paint pen. Add the “I Love Baseball” slogan around the rim of the box. Place the top on the box and trace a line on the bottom of box using the edge of the top of the box as a guide. Add assorted rub on designs or stickers if desired to the bottom and inside of the box. Let dry thoroughly. Spray or brush on varnish or sealer [...]
*Preserving Fall Leaves
You will need: Dried leaves floor wax a bowl newspaper waxed paper an old catalog or phone book old or inexpensive paint brushes
Gather some pretty fall leaves once they have fallen. Lay newspapers down on a work surface. Pour some wax into the bowl. Have the kids carefully brush wax onto the leaves. This will make them shiny. To dry, place them between two pieces of wax paper and place between the catalog or phone book pages. Use to make cards or decorate the windows and doors.