As a former art teacher, I cannot throw away a crayon. Now that my nephew is at an age where he can scribble, he gets those little crayon packets from places like the Olive Garden. I find myself throwing the discarded crayons in my purse. Even if a crayon is broken, you can melt them into bigger crayons or melt them onto wax paper, etc. Needless to say, I have a lot of crayons around the house. I still use crayons on occasion. I have been buying Jackson coloring books and crayons for months through he doesn't seem all that interested at this point. However, I know that soon, he will want to color. I wanted to get all of my used and broken crayons out of the random bags and into one kid-friendly container.
Although, I had been using Keurig k-cups for years, I still had some old Folger's plastic containers around with lids. At first I really missed the old metal cans that you could paint. However, I found that on the Folger's website they had printable templates to make holiday containers. Hmm, were there other templates out there on the web? Of course. I visited here to find these awesome crayons templates. All I had to do was print!
Then, I got out my old Xyron 900 sticker/magnet/laminator to add some adhesive. I love how you can turn any paper into a sticker with this machine. However, the rolls of 40 feet of it are about $40 or so. Also, I find that sometimes the machine creased and ruins my print outs so it is certainly not fool-proof.
I ended up using chalkboard contact paper on the blue cans since the template only fit the red. I just measured, cut, and used a paper edger around the corners. Then, you can write on that label with a chalkboard marker or real chalk.
I just stuck the labels on. I would have liked to use the cartridge that laminates as well as turns the paper into a sticker. However, I didn't have it. I am trying to avoid shopping to save money and just use what I have. Now that I have the shape of the template, I can print and then just cut around any image. I think the beauty of this idea is that pre-reading kids could sort and organize their own supplies because they are pictured. Of course for my nephew and niece, I would probably add a word label too. My nephew at two (twenty-five months old) is already identifying environmental print like the McDonald's sign. He is interested in letters and can count to 12!
I plan to do a lot with crayons in the coming months and years. (I never knew that I could put crayons in a glue gun!!! I want to try that...) There are a ton of great ideas on Pinterest that I think kids would love. Now that I can just throw random crayons in I have a feeling that my collection will grow even faster. I also need to make one of these for school. Students like to organize things. I try to make it easy for them to put things back in the right place.