A Gift that Encourages Creativity

 Photos by Erin Napolitano

Photos by Erin Napolitano

I might have a new favorite go-to gift! Inspired by the book, The Day the Crayons Quit, I assembled this gift of an Inspiration Kit of crayons, markers, colored pencils, and paper along with the book. Kids' drawing supplies need to be replenished, so this is a practical and fun gift, plus it encourages creativity and reading - this is my favorite kind of gift on so many levels! There's nothing like the fresh possibilities of a new pad of paper. After reading the book about how crayons are tired of coloring their typical uses - blue for sky, red for strawberries, grey for elephants, I look forward to seeing a child's creative drawings!

This gift could be given in a variety of ways. A less expensive version would be to give a box of crayons, like this 64 count or 24 count pack, with the paper and book.

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I've been wanting to mold some of our old broken crayons for a while, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity for them. I wanted to mold the birthday girl's name out of crayons - a simple project (it really is easy, I promise!) that makes the gift a little more special, don't you think? Of course, if you don't feel like going the DIY route, you can buy a name made out of crayons. Go to Etsy Shop, Custom Crayons by Sara to buy a custom name made out of crayons. I've used her shop for other crayon shapes and have been impressed with her quality and service!

If you choose to DIY...my son helped me gather the broken crayons and I helped him cut them into smaller pieces. He then filled the cavities of our alphabet silicone mold. We had this mold on hand from other projects we've done, including molding chocolate and fruit-puree gummies! It is dishwasher, oven and freezer safe, so I knew it could handle the job. After he filled the letters with the crayon bits, we followed the directions that I found on this website and microwaved them for a couple minutes, and on some of them we did need to poke them with a toothpick to submerge the unmelted pieces. We put them in the freezer like the directions suggested and then pushed them out of the mold! All the letters we made came out nicely except for the "M" which we had to remelt and make it thicker after we cracked it a couple times. It's a very forgiving project. At first my son wanted to make the letters solid colors like a red "L" and a yellow "U." But after I showed him how we could let the colors swirl together he wanted to remelt the solid colors to be swirled letters, too!  We molded the letters of his name, the birthday girl's, plus a few extras. I then used duct tape to stick the crayons to the box which became the label for the gift on white paper. Ready to create! Purchasing options are below:

Choose one of these crayon options:

 
$11.99
 

Here is the paper and book!

$2.99
$9.38
 

Silicone Mold for Crayon Letters DIY:

$10.99