Today is the simple gift of handmade crayons from tree branches. I’m sure you can scoop some up at your nearest store, but we thought it would be fun to try and make some of our own. It was more about the process itself, and our kiddos (particularly our oldest) loved making these.
Here’s what you’ll need: a few small branches, with enough crayons to fill them up (length-wise). We made two separate kinds : A jumbo branch, and a smaller branch to work with. The wood we liked best were dogwoods (for easier whittling and a smoother outside) but we’re sure just about any old branch would work. Just make sure they’re pretty straight.
We used a drill for this: deciding on a width that would fit the crayons nicely, and drilled into one side of the branch.
Clamps on a table would be ideal for this, although we didn’t used them since Jamin has super man hands, (read he was too lazy to get them out) we definitely recommend wearing gloves when you’re doing this. We figured this out when the wood started to turn in Jamin’s hand… so do the gloves, you’ll be glad you did.
But you basically hollow out the branch, and then fill it in with crayons. This was fun for the kids.
After the second one, we realized that it was a more snug fit if we left the paper on the crayon. Simply break off what is left beyond the branch for an even starting point…
And taking a knife, whittle the end away. These jumbo pencils would make super fun stocking stuffers,
And the smaller ones make adorable little bundles.
Paired with a sketchbook, they make the cutest gift for your little artists. Or yourselves. I kind of wanted to keep these for myself. No judging.
Be sure to check out the rest of these fab creations in our Rockin the Holidays series! They’re some seriously easy peasy handmade gifts.