I used to babysit a little girl while her mom worked. We'd go to various parks every day and bring a bag of toys & crafts with us.
Like most kids, she loved drawing her own pictures and coloring in her coloring books. And like most kids, she kinda drug her feet when it was time to go home. It always took forever to place her crayons in the box so that they'd fit exactly right.
Failed crayon container ideas:
Fail #1: I thought about making her a crayon roll but that would have taken her even longer to put crayons away!
Fail #2: I thought about putting them in a bag but she didn't want the crayons to break.
Fail #3: The chinese food container always seemed to get squashed or the cover came loose.
Fail #4: An ice cream pail was way too big to take with us every day.
Quite by accident, I found the best container to carry the perfect amount of crayons:
A plastic tub of Betty Crocker frosting! Sans frosting, of course.
*No, this is not a Betty Crocker sponsored post! I promise!*
It's sturdy, gives the crayons an extra 1/2 inch of head room and the lid fits securely! Easily enough room for a 24 pack of crayons.
To elevate it craftistically, I found an old (Vintage? Am I old enough that stuff from my childhood is considered vintage? Ack!) children's book. Apparently it started its life in Detroit, came to me, was sent to my cousin and found its way back to me. Guess we were just meant to end up together!
You will need:
Betty Crocker Frosting Container (sans frosting)
3 1/2" x 11" paper (vintage children's book, kid's drawing or pretty paper)
Round scrap of paper (for lid)
Rope / Cord
Take the label off the frosting container. Don't worry about getting all the glue off.
Choose your paper. You may need to use two pages if the paper you're using isn't 11" long. I used a picture from the book and the text from beneath the picture.
Use Mod Podge to glue the paper to the container. Glue the second piece, if necessary.
Use the cover of the Mod Podge to draw a circle on your small piece of paper. Cut out the circle and glue to the cover.
Cover both the container and the lid in four coats of Mod Podge, waiting 15 minutes between coats.
Use a hole punch to punch two holes on opposite sides of the container. Thread each end of the cord from the outside to the inside. Knot the inside ends.
Done! Perfect Personalized Crayons To-Go!
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