Easy DIY Bunny Crayons with Broken Bits
BY JENNIFER TAMMY, SUGAR, SPICE AND GLITTER
Apr 4, 2017
Do you make Easter baskets for your kids?
It's such a fun tradition and I love the challenge of creating a cute Easter basket with a variety of special treats — not all of them edible!
This year I bought a cute Peeps mold that is supposed to be for making your own Peeps-shaped desserts, but instead I decided to use them to make some cute Easter goodies with a practical use!
The possibilities are endless. So far, I've already made soap, bath bombs and now crayons! (Of course, I could still use them to make edible goodies, but I'm pretty sure the grandparents will have my daughter covered in the sugar department.)
These DIY Peeps crayons are a sweet addition to your child's Easter basket, or a cute gift for friends or classmates. I'm planning on giving a couple to each of my daycare children and sending a few to my daughter's teacher as an Easter gift.
Kids can easily help make these — peeling off crayon wrappers is actually really calming and a good fine motor exercise to help build strong fingers for writing. Or you can do what I did: ask a friend over for coffee and then convince her to help you unwrap 96 crayons!
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To make these bunny crayons, you will need:
- Peeps candy mold
- boxes of crayons (each box of 24 makes 8 crayons)
- a cutting board
- a sharp knife
- 2 bins
Start off by peeling all of those wrappers off of your crayons. (You might want to hide those dandelion crayons somewhere safe — they may be collectors' items one day.) Use one bin to collect the naked crayons, and another to collect the bits of paper wrapping.
This is a time-consuming process, it took two of us over an hour to peel 96 while chatting over coffee, so you might want to treat yourself to some TV time while you peel.
Once all of the crayons are peeled, organize them according to how you want your Peeps crayons to look. I wanted marbled crayons that stayed within one colour family, so I grouped the pinks, reds, greens, yellows and blues together and picked three different hues of each colour per crayon.
Chop up the crayons as shown (about a 1/2 inch or into smaller pieces). Place the chopped crayons into the Peeps mold cavities — I used three crayons per shape.
Preheat the oven to 200°F and when ready, place the Peeps mold on a baking tray and bake the crayons for 10-20 minutes. (Yes, that's a wide difference but the cooking time really depends on the composition of your crayons, the thickness, etc.)
When the crayon bits are fully melted, carefully remove the baking tray from the oven and let cool completely. Once the crayons are cooled and set, pop them out of the mold.
These crayons look cute in a basket, or those crinkly plastic bags that always pop up for different holidays. For giving to friends, I also made a cute printable that can be printed on cardstock and the crayons attached with a bit of glue. (Grab that printable here.)
What are you planning on including in your children's Easter baskets this year? Who would you make these bunny crayons for?
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