A "No Sugar Added" Halloween

The Supply Pile
When I set out to create a guest post of my Halloween Felt Magnet Tutorial, hosted by the oh-so-crafty Fire Wife Katie, I hit up Michael's for some supplies for the tutorial, as well as for our class goody bags. I came home with a plan, and although it took me two weeks to complete everything that I had in mind for the holiday, I finished it ALL! This alone is a HUGE accomplishment for me! I usually start with a plan to do multiple items, and complete MAYBE one or two, usually the night before or the day of. This time, I completed everything by noon the day prior to our class party. The one thing that I hadn't completed already the weekend prior, was the "Creepy Crayons". I managed to put them off until I could no longer, then I just whipped them out! And they turned out awesome! Huge "Thanks!" to one of my Biggest Inspirations in Crafting, Tonya, for her awesome tutorial, and the idea to do these in the first place! It set the wheels in my head into motion, and helped me brainstorm a "No Sugar Added" Halloween Goody Bag that the kids could really enjoy. I wanted something homemade and original.

Wooden Magnets and Coloring Page Scrolls
Wooden Painted Magnets
A simple painted wooden ornament, which I simply added a large button magnet to the back of, with my trusty E-6000...there were so many different spooky ornaments to choose from, and they were on clearance, so I bought a bunch, to make sure I would have enough for everyone to have one!

Coloring Page Scrolls
I bought a roll of coloring pages (also on clearance!), cut them apart, rolled them up like a scroll, and tied each one with a little decorative ribbon.

Felt Halloween Magnets
I created templates, cut everything out, glued the button magnets onto the backing pieces, and then bagged each set separately for our Mommy & Me Preschool class to do as a craft during our Halloween Party Class. I created one complete set as a Sample Set, for them to refer to. Because of the ages of the students (4-5 years), I tried to minimize the steps needed to complete the magnets, and all the children would need to do to create their very own magnet was glue the embellishment pieces onto a front piece, and then glue that to the backing piece, which already had the magnet attached. See My Tutorial! The felt sheets cost around 29 cents each, and I only ended up using one of each color, because I planned it out and traced all of the pieces onto each color before cutting, so I was able to eliminate waste and save money!

Frankenstein Crayons
Witch's Hat Crayons
Candy Corn Crayons
Ghost Crayons

Creepy Crayons
As mentioned above, I used Tonya's awesome tutorial for this one. Instead of using the candy molds and cookie molds, as originally intended, though, I used Halloween themed silicone molds. I had one that I had purchased last year after Halloween on clearance, and this past weekend, I came across the other two at Joann's, on clearance!

*Note: I have searched the web for the 3 pans I have, to link them, but have been unsuccessful in locating any listings for them, but have linked to a similar themed pan from Wilton.*
Frankenstein Mold
Ghost & Candy Corn Mold
Witch's Hat Mold

Using the themed molds cut out having to pour the melted crayons from one container to another, which also meant I could toss multiple colors into the same mold, and it wouldn't all mix together into a funky and possibly BLAH color during the pouring process. 

Peeled and partially broken crayon bits to be recycled into new crayons!

Although I had purchased a handful of boxes of crayons to use, I found that I had plenty of old broken crayons that the kids had a blast tearing the paper off of, and breaking into smaller pieces for me. I let them cool in the molds overnight, and let the kids help me peel them out of the silicone pans that morning, and put them into the goody bags.

*Note: If you use my method, and toss multiple colors into the tins, do not panic when you take it out of the oven, and there is a solid odd color on top! I panicked a little, until I peeled them out, and they looked PERFECT on the front side...full of bright colors!*We had a great time playing fun games, crafting, and eating tons of yummy treats at our Potluck Halloween Party, and to be honest, the best part of all was putting my special treats into each of the goody bags the kids had decorated in class, along with all of the other wonderful treats everyone else had brought!  I had some leftover goody bags, and plan to give them out to our trick-or-treaters!

*Wow, after reading this post, I realize JUST how many times I used the phrase "on clearance". Yes, I said it FOUR times...I really do love a great bargain, and what's NOT to love about the word CLEARANCE?


Tanya said...

Love the creepy crayons! I never know what to do with those old broken crayons. Now I do, thanks for sharing-

kaybee said...

I love the crayons, that's a great use for old, broken ones.

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