Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recycled Swirl Crayons

by Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Gather together all your broken old crayons to make this awesome project!


  • Old broken crayons
  • Silicone muffin or candy pan
  • Cookie sheet
Sift through all your crayons to find the broken ones.

Peel the paper off the crayons.

Break the crayons into small pieces. 
The peeling of the paper and braking of the crayons are both great fine motor exercises.

You may need to cut the crayons to get really small pieces.

We sorted our crayon pieces to make a Valentine's Day crayon and a St. Patrick's Day crayon. We filled each muffin cup about half way.

Place the silicon muffin pan on a cookie sheet. Bake at 230 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until the crayons are completely melted. Here's what they looked like when we took them out of the oven.

We let the crayons cool for about an hour and removed them from the tray. Here are our awesome recycled swirl crayons, perfect for the upcoming holidays!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Gallery Direct Review #2 & Special Offer for You!

The wonderful team at Gallery Direct invited me to be a part of their ambassador program ~ I was very flattered and definitely interested! They are currently offering a great special ~ get 75% off beautiful wrap-around canvas prints through 2/1/2012 with coupon code: photo75. I submitted this photo of me and Bryce. I think the contrast between the white and the bold colors will look beautiful printed on canvas.

Monday, January 9th at 10 PM est, @GalleryDirect is hosting a twitter party, using hashtag #GalleryDirect. Six lucky winners will win a free photo canvas print valued up to $200. For more information, visit Thrifty & Chic Mom.

To learn more about Gallery Direct, you can visit their website, "like" them on Facebook, or follow on twitter.

Follow-up: Here is my beautiful canvas print, which now hangs above our sofa in the family room. I absolutely love it! The colors are so bold, yet the print itself has a nice softness to it. I received the "medium" print, which is a great size for a featured piece of artwork. This really makes a beautiful gift -- and with such wonderful customer service and speedy delivery, you can submit a picture and receive your print in the mail within 10 days.

* I received the aforementioned product for free to review. The opinions expressed are honest and provided without monetary compensation.