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Not one, but TWO awesomely easy crafts for your Easter-y enjoyment.

We all have them laying around the house. Little bits of red crayons here, a blue without its paper wrapper over there, why not gather them all together and make some recycled crayons? We hunted around the interwebs and located these awesome egg-shaped baking trays, perfect for forming your crusty old crayons into cool eggs. (Yes, we know we pull out this craft for every holiday, but recycled crayons are our favourite.)

You’ll need:

  • wax crayons
  • non-stick egg muffin pan

Steps:

  1. Get out your old crayons. Take off the paper and break them up into smaller pieces.
  2. Put crayons pieces into the non-stick baking pan, filling each cup about half way.
  3. Place the tin into a preheated 150 degrees F oven and wait about 45 minutes. When they looked melted through, carefully and slowly remove them from the oven. Let them cool completely. You can help this process along by placing the tin in the freezer once it has cooled a little.  This will give you lovely 1/2 eggs!
  4. If you would prefer to make whole eggs, you can melt the crayon in empty tin cans in the oven.
  5. Separate plastic eggs, placing tops and bottoms in an egg carton to keep them steady
  6. Once crayons are fully melted, pour the wax into both sides of the egg.
  7. Allow both sides to slightly solidify, and press them together, holding until it sticks.  If you are making the whole egg, as opposed to the half, its best to leave it up to adults!  Molten crayon in the hands of kids is just a very, very bad idea.

 

Making sidewalk chalk is incredibly easy.  No, really. Check out this tutorial from Skip to My Lou with step by step illustrated instructions.

You’ll need:
  • Plastic egg containers (the ones that split in half)
  • 1 cup Plaster of Paris
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • Medium Sized Bowl
  • Tempera Paint (from an art supply store)
  • Petroleum jelly

Steps:

  1. Mix together 1 cup of Plaster of Paris with 3/4 cup of water
  2. Add tempera paint for colour
  3. Mix and let stand for a few minutes
  4. While you’re waiting for the paint to mix, coat the inside of your egg molds with petroleum jelly
  5. Pour your mixture into egg halves
  6. Set aside and let eggs half dry
  7. Attach egg halves together and allow to fully dry
  8. Remove chalk from the mold once dry
  9. Set it aside to dry for approximately 24 hours more
  10. Go outside and create some neighbourhood art!

Send us your photos of you and your kids enjoying these awesome homemade crafts!

Top photo by Citruslist, bottom photo by jiva, via Flickr

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