Wanna Be Silkies & Holder

I had to LOL when I read Lee Ann’s comment on Trish’s blog today. It is like she knew I was going to post this. DO NOT THROW THOSE OLD CRAYONS AWAY LEE ANN I HAVE A USE FOR THEM… or just stick them in the mail to me and I will reuse them. :-D Okie dokie here is my dealio. Isaac is learning to color but he keeps breaking all the crayons. I was over at my friend Amanda’s house and she had these cool crayons called Silky Crayons. They were crayons in what appeared to be a glue stick container. But of course why buy them when you can make them? (At this point some of you are thinking why make them when you can buy them). So it got my brain a-thinking. I had left over glue sticks from when I taught classes in Hawaii (yes I know I keep everything). If I melted those down and put them in empty glue stick containers Isaac wouldn’t break the crayons. So I set out to do just that. Here is how I did it.

1. I took two crayons that were similiar shades and pealed the wrapper off of them and broke them all and put them in a dixie cup to melt in the microwave.

2. I cleaned out the glue sticks with any excess glue. I wasn’t too particular about getting all the glue out because he will never use all that crayon and get down to the glue part anyway. Then I made sure all the glue sticks were twisted all the way down so I could pour the melted crayon in the glue stick.

3. I then microwaved the crayons for 3-4 minutes.
4. After melted, I stirred them and then filled the glue stick with melted crayon almost to the top. After it hardens a little there is a hole in the middle from the crayon condensing.
5. So then I remelt the remaining crayon mess and pour a little more all the way to the top of the glue stick and then I let it harden. It will look like this…

Now Shannon from EightCrazy can probably design a super cool label to put on each of the glue sticks (hint! hint!) but right now mine just have the old label on it. So then I got to thinking even more. Uh oh! How am I going to store these babies? So I had to make a little holder for it. I had no pattern so I kind of “winged” it. It didn’t work as well as I had planned but it is good enough.

1. I cut out two pieces of 8″ x 14″ fabric. I then pinned ribbon in place so I could tie the holder together when complete. I carefully put the other piece of fabric on top with right sides together.
Then I stiched all the way around leaving an opening to turn the fabric right side out.
I turned it right side out and tucked the opening closed and then top stiched around the whole rectangle.

I folded the bottom part up about 2 1/2″ and stiched the left and right side to make a big pocket. Then I marked every 1 1/2″ and pinned and stitched those for the holes to store the sticks in. I made a mistake on mine and didn’t make the fabric 8″ x 14″ in the beginning so I have a small hole at the end that I guess I will store a pencil in. Oopsie.
After I finished it I realized Isaac could wear it as well. He thought it was so cool to have his new crayons under his big fat belly.

Here’s what it looked like finished (minus the pencil).
And here it is all rolled up. This will be nice to take into restaurants. The crayons they give you at restuarants seem to be the cheapest ones out there and they break way too easy as well.

  • Trish

    OMGosh! I just threw out TWO empty glue stick containers. Actually one was empty the other had hardened beyond use. Who knew, that I could make those fabulous crayons? You never cease to amaze me and I am wishing I would have known you while you were here. You rock!!

  • Shannon

    You are a machine lately. How much coffee are you drinking in the morning? =)

    VERY creative. You never cease to amaze me either!

  • Shannon

    just went to trish’s blog to see what you were talking about. That is hilarious that LeeAnn said that!

  • Shannon

    it’s me again…. you should submit your tip on how to make these crayons and recycle to the Tip Junkie http://www.tipjunkie.com/submit.asp

  • Lee Ann

    Yes that is amazing! I will be searching Anna’s craft boxes later today to find old or empty glue sticks (I know she just opened new ones yesterday) and will clean out my crayon box. And yes, you do rock!

    I wasn’t too interested in the Mac n cheese container until Eryn suggested putting goodies in it. So much niceer than a paper plate and who wants to buy a tin. I’ll have to keep my eye out for something similar.

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  • Jen r.

    great idea!!!!

  • Mrs. D

    Clearly you are a crafting genius! How your brain thinks of these thing I will never know… congrads on the Today’s Creative Blog… you deserve IT!!!

  • Thrifty Miss Priss

    Wow! I was a preschool teacher for years and had a huge supply of both glue sticks and broken crayons! I just came here from “todays creative blog” Love your site and your ideas! I’ll be back!

  • Amy

    I linked from Kim’s at TCB. You have such great ideas, my brain just doesn’t work that way..Love the crayon idea!!

  • Eryn

    Wow, you are on a roll girl! You’ve even got my mom hooked on your blog to see what you’ll come up with next!

  • Danielle Kellogg

    That is about the coolest idea I have ever seen. I work at a daycare and we have a ton of of broken crayons and we go through glue stixs like crazy.

  • Danielle Kellogg

    That is about the coolest idea I have ever seen. I work at a daycare and we have a ton of of broken crayons and we go through glue stixs like crazy.

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com Heather – Dollar Store Crafts

    Thanks, Pinterest for finding this cool idea for me. :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      That is funny that you found it that way..embarrassed by my horrible picture taking ability back then.

  • wendy

    Man I have thrown away so many glue sticks and crayons in the past 17 years it is not even funny.We could of had a huge collection of these LOL well now I have a reason to break the crayons now roflmao TY for sharing this

  • http://www.jacksonsartroom.blogspot.com angie

    This is an awesome idea! Since I teach at a school with 600+ kids, trust me, I have PLENTY of broken crayons…too bad I threw out all those empty glue sticks! :( I am sure that it won’t take long to have more, so I am re-pinning this idea for future reference!

  • http://www.hookabledesigns.blogspot.com Danielle Renee

    Amazedly cool! I have never heard of silkies before. My son doesn’t like to color with crayons, so this is a perfect substitute.

  • Mary

    I’m thinking that old chapstick containers might work just as well, even if it is a little smaller. I go through enough of those when I forget to take it out of my pockets before washing.

    • Lauren

      Did you try this? I am wondering if it will work… As well as the other kind of Glue Stick tubes..

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        Yes I tried it out and it worked for me.

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  • http://groupbygroup.wordpress.com jd785

    Love this idea, would work well for my students with special needs!

  • Jess

    Great idea! No more broken bits! Love love

  • Janette

    LOVE this! I just made some in glue stick containers and chap stick containers. They are much neater in the bag I take when going to restaurants & Dr. appts! Plus they don’t break. And if he does break one, I just have to melt more crayon and start over. Great idea!

  • Jodie

    Great idea, but it didn’t work for me, I made 2 this morning and they won’t twist up. But, I will try again, just have to wait for more glue sticks to be used up…shouldn’t take too long with glue crazy kids ;)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Did you let them cure fully? I let mine sit for a full 24 hours before I try to use them.

    • Holly

      I had the same problem, with Elmer’s glue sticks! I made 3, 2 were with the purple disappearing Elmer’s sticks, and the third was with a Roseart. Only the Roseart one worked, and I made all three of them the same way! So I dug all the crayon out of the Elmers stick and tried again, with 2 more Roseart ones that were thankfully in a 3 pack at the dollar store! These 2 worked great! So I guess it just depends on how your glue stick is built whether or not it will work!

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  • http://OTinPublicSchools.blogspot.com/ Karen

    Great idea and thanks for the clear description. Some of my students have difficulty grasping even toddler crayons and the tripod-grasp crayons sold commercially don’t always fit well in their hands. Will try your idea with the glue stix and maybe even empty twist-up deodorant containers. I can also put a Velcro strap around the containers to help them maintain their grasp. Thanks again! Karen

  • Gina Taylor

    Do you think using Chapstick containers would work also? I bought a loy of 100 Chapsticks just in case I wanted to make my own lip balm and I still have quite a few!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I don’t know if the screw inside it is strong enough but it doesn’t hurt to try.

  • Stephanie

    This is AWSOME!! I can’t wait to try this out!! :0)

  • Carrie

    This took a bit more effort than what it sounded like! All in all, about an hour, and my microwave got really got. I used two packs of old Roseart crayons I had hanging around, and some glue sticks from the dollar store. The crayons took forever to melt, but they seem to have all come out good. Old bits and pieces of crayons would definitely work better. Thanks for the idea!

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  • http://www.create-with-kiddos.blogspot.com Gina

    I loved this idea. I made these crayons, shared them on my blog and referenced your site. You have some Great Ideas, thanks for sharing.

  • Viv

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing. Going to have to wait till we empty some glue sticks ….

  • Melissa

    Made themand love them. I am a first grade teacher and love being able to reuse the “dead” glue sticks from my classroom as well as the tiny crayon bits that the students no longer like.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yay that is awesome. I am glad you found my idea helpful.

  • Margie

    I didn’t read all the comments but that crayon toolbelt is AWESOME!!! :D Love it!!! Must start collecting glue sticks like an old squirrel now… :D

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      {giggle} Show me some pic’s when you do :)

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  • Melissa

    I was showing my daughter this,
    As we were reading, my washing machine started beeping, left my daughter with my phone while I went to deal with it. When I cane back, she had somehow got on to an adult site from the page :-/ normally I restrict safari and you tube.

    This is a great idea btw.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I can assure you I have checked my blog over and hire a company to monitor this. Are you sure it was from my site?

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  • Ann C

    Would a lip balm container work? I tried, but it didn’t work

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I don’t think it would have the force needed to push it up.

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  • Mimi

    LOVE the idea! Very clever.

    I do want to point out that they aren’t really quite the same as Silkies crayons, though, which are water soluble and lay down smooth, oil pastel like color and are very soft and easy to blest. They can also be brushed over with water to spread them like water color pencils.

    However, that doesn’t change the awesomeness of your twist up nearly indestructible crayons. Those wold be really great for a purse or other bag since they will neither break into pieces, nor leave crayon all over the inside!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks, Mimi. I guess that’s why they are just “wanna be.” ;)

  • Melissa

    What is the thing you pour it in to?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hi Melissa, Are you talking about the old glue sticks?

  • http://crafteecrafters.com Yolanda Crisostomo

    The ingenuity and creativity of moms never ceases to amaze me! This was shared by one of our members at our group on Cafemom, Holiday and Party Crafts with a link back to your blog for the tutorial. Thanks!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you for the shout out! So glad you all enjoyed. :)

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