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Crayon-tastic!

Posted by Vickie Howell on August 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM in Eco-Conscious CraftsGeneral CraftsGreat Gifts!Tutorial
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Recycled Crayons: Mixed Hearts


There may be nothing new about recycling crayons (after all, my mom was doing it in the 50's), but there's something about molding something old into a new version of itself that's so uniquely...now.

This project is a usable, versatile craft for all ages. The finished product makes great teacher gifts, favors for birthday parties, or back-to-school treats for the kids. Have fun experimenting with different color combos and tray shapes--I personally, have my eye on on a robot ice tray for our next batch--and use this opportunity to chat with your children about everything from the basic chemistry of wax properties changing, to where colors fall on a color wheel. Have fun!

Materials

Unwanted Wax Crayons (wrappers removed)
Silicon Ice Cube Trays OR
Candy Molds
Plastic Cups & Wood Skewers (microwave version only)


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How-To
Microwave (Solid Color) Version:

  • Combine like color pieces, into sacrificial cups (trust me, you won't want to drink out 'em after they've been crayon'd!).

  • Cook in microwave until melted (about 5-9 minutes); stirring with skewer, as needed.

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  • Pour melted crayon into candy mold. Work quickly, because the wax thickens fast!

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Oven (Marbled) Version:

  • Break crayons into small pieces.

  • Place pieces into a silicon ice tray. Kids love being a part of this process, because they can mix & match colors to create their own, little works of art! (My son Tristan, filled the two bottom hearts with colors to look like "camo" and "sand camo". Boys.)

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  • Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crayons are completely melted. Carefully remove from oven, taking care not to spill the hot wax.

    Both Versions:

  • Place trays into freezer for about 30 minutes to harden.

  • Pop your crayon creations out of the trays and enjoy!

Recycled Crayons: Hearts & Stars

Craft Apparently Yours,
Vickie
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Litter-Free Lunch Sack

Posted by Vickie Howell on August 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM in Eco-Conscious CraftsGreat Gifts!Sewing
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Litter-Free Lunch Sack

Hey, parentals! That glorious event we've been eagerly awaiting all summer is almost upon us. That's right, I mean back-to-school time! (Holding for applause.) This week, Craft Apparent celebrates with a project that assures that this year, our kids' lunch is in the bag!  So, ditch your disposable. A litter-free snack sack is simple to sew and easy on the Earth. Here's how you can make yours!

Materials
1/2 yd. Home Decor Weight Fabric (main)
1/2 yd. Lighter Weight Fabric (lining)
Iron-on Adhesive
Contrasting Thread
Sewing Machine OR Sewing Needle
Self-stick OR Sew-on, 1 1/2" Velcro Tabs
Scissors
Sewing Pins
Pinking Shears (optional)
Iron

How-To
  • Cut: two, 14" x 7" (sack front & back), one, 4 1/2" x 7" (bottom), and four, 2 1/2" x 14" (sides) pieces of main fabric. Repeat for lining and iron-on adhesive.

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  • Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron on adhesive to the wrong side of all main pieces of fabric. Iron lining pieces to adhesive on the main pieces.
  • Using a 1/4" seam allowance, top stitch across the top edges of the side, front & back pieces. 

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  • With right-sides together and using 1/4" seam allowance, sew two of the side pieces together to create a wider side. Press seam. Repeat for remaining, two side piece.

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  • Assemble the rest of the sack by sewing front, sides, back and bottom pieces together with wrong-sides facing and using a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim edges.

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  • Measure 3 1/2" down from top edge, of the front of sack; center and sew or stick-on piece of Velcro.  Sew or stick on reciprocal piece, 1/4" from the top edge of the back of sack.

    TIP: Spray sack with fabric protector before use to guard from excessive food stains!

Craft Apparently Yours,
Vickie

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