Something Whole from Something Broken

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While looking around my house to find something to up-cycle into a Valentine's gift, I felt a familiar snap under my foot as a poor grey crayonrecently newsnapped in half.

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There is a lot of coloring that happens in our house, and that mean a lot of broken crayons...

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Sure, I could be more delicate with them, have my daughter only use them on the table, and keep them in a sturdy box, but you have to choose your battles.

And to be honest, I’d rather just buy a new box of crayons.

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But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel bad about the many fallen soldiers that eventually end up in the trash.

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So at the moment that grey crayon met its fate, I thought, what can I do with these things?!

I knew melting crayons was a thing, so I googled how to do it, got a cheap silicone mold, and tried to make something whole out of something broken.

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One trick I learned is to soak your crayons in water for a minute or two, which makes taking the wrappers off a breeze.

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And if I had been smarter I would have put my silicone mold on a baking sheet to give it more stability.

As you can see, inevitably some molted crayon splashed around and onto my counter top.

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But 15 minutes of “cooking” at 230°F and 5 minutes of cooling resulted in totally fun heart-shaped crayons!

They make a simple gift, but one that Ivy and I can use together.

And since she has my whole heart (gosh, I couldn’t love this kid any more!), a heart crayon for Valentine's Day seems more than appropriate. 

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And if you can’t tell from the pic, she’s really into the letter "E."

It’s the best letter, obviously. ;)

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