The first thing I did was make heart shaped crayons with Jaidan. This was a trial run, to see how well it worked and how they turned out. We'll be doing some more for Jaidan to use as Valentine's this year at school.
We had a zip lock baggy with old broken crayons in it that we used (I gave Riley and Aislinn each an old wipes container and put brand new crayons in each container for them, this way they each had their own crayon's and there was no more fighting over crayons!). First we had to cut up all the old crayons, this was very time consuming...I also should have probably used my wooden or plastic cutting board, not my porous poly cutting boards (lesson learned!)
Once we had enough cut up, we had to fill the trays. I bought some silicone heart shaped trays at Target in their dollar bins for $3.
Then, we popped them in the oven. The pin said 230* for 15 mins, but I had to leave them in for 30 mins.
I did stir them with a toothpick at the 15 min mark. I stirred them again with the toothpick when I took them out. I put them on a rack to cool (I used my slow cooker's rack).
Normally, I link back to the blog post I followed with my pin. But in this instance I also used google and read I think 2 different blog posts, their comments, and a forum's post with comments. So, I kind of read what a bunch other people did and what did or didn't work for them and came up with my own method. You can find the original pin I used tho on my pinterest board.
Next up, I decided to try the soap cloud with Riley! Jaidan came in and watched while it was in the microwave. I had never done this before and was able to get a 3 pack of Ivory soap for $.25, so I decided to do this....Ok, I bought the soap with the intent to do this project LOL.
It's very important that you use Ivory soap, I can't tell you why, but that is what the blog said (supposedly you get a burned mess with other brands)
This is so easy to do. You just put the soap on some wax, or parchment paper (NOT foil, seriously folks, we don't want any fires!), turn on the microwave and watch it grow! I set my timer for 4 mins, but we took it out at 2 mins. It had really slowed down with the growing (couldn't even tell if it was moving anymore), so we did a big huge count down together for the last 10 seconds and took it out at the 2 min mark.
Riley thought it was super cool.....until it came out of the microwave, then he didn't want to hold it LOL.
If you want to see the original blog post you can do so here. We still have our 'cloud' so I am thinking about letting the kids make colored soaps like she did in her blog post.
Have you done any Crafty fun things lately?