Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Presents

These are the cool wooden swords I got from the etsy seller Smile Moon Woodworks. They are only $12 + shipping and he personalizes them by wood burning their names in them for free. He was really nice so I highly recommend him.

I also made these shaped crayons by melting down bits of crayons into cookie cutter shapes for the kid's stockings. This was a bit tricky. I highly recommend using a mold like a candy mold. I took cookie cutters and molded foil to the bottoms (after trying just laying them flat and having the crayon melt under them into one big sheet). I stuck them on a foil lined cookie sheet (they will leak).Put a bunch of crayon bits in each mold and I did like colors because the ones I tried with all different colors became an ugly brown color when they melted together.I melted the bits into two layers because them weren't fat enough at first. You just melt them in the oven at 200-250 degrees for about 10 minutes, let them cool and pop them out. You will get residue on your cutters so I recommend getting cheap ones at the dollar store or thrift store. It washes off but still feels a bit waxy.