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Do you have any old coffee cans or empty jars lying around the house? Do also you have a million little small toys, crayons, pens, stickers, or magnetic letters just waiting to be organized? Here is a quick project that helps tidy up the house and reuse those fabulous containers.


  • Coffee Can or Other Empty Containers
  • Glue – Tape
  • Construction Paper – Assorted Colors
  • Pens – Paint – Crayons

Make sure that all containers (that can be) are washed and dried thoroughly. Decide which sizes are good for the variety of objects you need to organize. Most of my containers at home are the same size, but they were perfect for the area I chose to store everything giving my daughter easy access to them. To differentiate the containers, draw pictures or decorate them with whatever is inside. 

This was a fun project for me and my daughter to do. Plus, now she can easily find her favorite toys and supplies and knows where they go when they’re not it use.

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Not sure what to do with all those broken crayons you have been storing away? Instead of replacing them, reuse and remake them into a whole new kind of crayon. There is a range of colors, but depending on what you decide to meld together, your newly created crayon can be psychedelic or just a solid larger, more easy to hold version of a crayon! Be creative, have fun and see what you can come up with.

What you’ll need:

  • Crayons (Either use ones you already have hidden in the couch or at the bottom of the toy box, or you can buy new ones)
  • Mini muffin pan (One that you don’t mind getting a little crayon on)
  • Exacto knife (Optional – don’t forget you need parental vision for this)

Preheat your oven to 265° F. Peel off all the paper from the crayons (for the new ones, I found it much quicker to remove the paper in one smooth motion if I carefully ran the exacto knife down the center of the paper and peeled the paper back), and break them into 1/2″ to 1″ pieces. Arrange two to three like colors in each slot, then bake for 6-8 minutes (don’t over bake – you want them just melted so you can’t distinguish the crayon shape anymore). Let them congeal a little on the counter, and then place them in the freezer until they are firm (approx. 30 minutes). They should then pop right out.

This is great for little hands that aren’t steady enough to hold thin crayons. They can wrap their whole hand around them and go to town without breaking them.

Source: craftydaisies.com

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