My youngest child was born on New Year’s Eve nine years ago. You can imagine how planning a birthday party on that date could be a bit challenging. This year, we decided to postpone the party about three weeks. Since she’s a winter baby and we have an indoor ice rink near us, she asked for a skating party. The theme? Frozen, of course.
Ok, so I’m a little late to be jumping on the Frozen bandwagon. However, the theme fits so here I am pulling this skating party together, just weeks after Christmas and trying to find goodie bag items for Frozen or that can be tied into this theme; all while not breaking my budget.
I found some cute items at Michael’s. Little Frozen flags for the cupcakes, cupcake wrappers, mini notebooks and pencils. However, when starting to price the Frozen party favor items, all I could think was, “good grief”. I could have about 10 children at this party, so that means several packages of each item. Pass.
What to do? What to do? I know….PINTEREST! I found lots of suggestions, many food options, which I didn’t need. Yet, one DIY upcycle was calling out to me: glitter crayons!
I read several “recipes” for this and they were all similar. Start out by gathering all the crayons that are blue, white, teal and gray. You can use any color crayons, but these are Frozen colors, so I can stick to our party theme. Peel the crayons and put them in a pile.
Once you have all the crayons peeled, break them into smaller pieces, if they aren’t already broken. Next, preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab a muffin tin. I used a non-stick, mini muffin tin. I have seen where silicon muffin tins were used too. Add a little glitter; your choice of color(s). Add the crayon pieces, but make sure they don’t stick out over their individual cups. Add a bit more glitter on top of the crayons.
Once that’s complete. Put in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them, as they will met quickly. Mine took exactly 10 minutes to liquify. Make sure you don’t have any solid pieces before removing the melted crayons from the oven. Let cool. I let mine cool overnight, but I’m sure it wouldn’t take long if you had an anxious child waiting to use the new creations.
After the crayons are cooled, simply turn the muffin tin over and the crayons should pop right out. I have seen a couple ways to help make the crayons remove easily from the tin. Some recipes call for you to use cooking spray before adding the glitter and crayons and another one says to put in the freezer after it’s cooled. I didn’t do either and had no issues with the crayons being easily removed.
When all is said and done, you will have cute new party favors to put in your goodie bags. You could change up the colors for say Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc. Save those broken crayons. You can always use different shaped pans and create a bunch of “new” crayons for hours and hours of drawing enjoyment.