Do you Pinterest? I'm one of the many, many people who have just discovered this amazing site/app and am completely addicted to it! I've only been a member for about a week, and I've already done two projects from ideas I've found there.
I saw a few different shaped crayons on there, and I thought it was such a brilliant idea! Very crafty, very easy, and it would be a really unique and cute gift for just about any occasion. Oh, and cheap :)
A quick google search on how to do this brought me to this site (and I L.O.V.E. her crayons!!) and I found out how to make them. Cake! All you need is a shaped silicon ice tray, old or new crayons, whatever, and an oven. And kids who need entertaining - this is a great way to keep them preoccupied for a bit :)
Employ your sweatshoppers - I mean, kids - to weed out all the cruddy crayons.
Have them peel the crayons, or for easier disrobing, slice the paper on the side with an X-Acto knife.
Get your purdy silicon ice trays and put them on a baking sheet (thanks Jillian for the Mickey!! xoxo)
Break the crayons in small bits and fillerup! Just don't let them stick way out over the side, otherwise they will not melt into the hole, but rather spill everywhere.
You can throw colors in by random (pretty much what we did), use a single color, or special color schemes. If we make them for gifts some day, we'll probably do pretty color combos, like the red white & blue above :)
Stick them in a 250˚ oven for about 15-20 minutes and make the kids sit and watch. The whole time.
After letting them completely cool, pop them out and ogle over them for a bit, and color!
Aren't these awesome? Much better than all the stumpy dirty pieces they were in their former life
My favorite :)