The 4th of July is tomorrow and as usual, I’ve waited until the absolute last minute to get craftsy about it.
Today, I raided the kids crayon bin and with patriotism in mind, pulled all of the broken reds and blues. I was steadily chopping them up when the children cautiously asked what I was doing. I paused before reminding them these crayons were broken long before I had gotten to them. In fact, Kylie’s teacher had been kind enough to send her off with a fresh box for the summer. Satisfied with my response, they left to finish their game.
When Kylie and Logan returned, I had red and blue crayon shavings divided among 2 ramekins. A cutting board was placed in front of each child and on it, sat a square sheet of wax paper. The first time around we used 8 inch squares. I cut the second batch to be roughly 5 inches. There’s no need to be precise. Just go with it.
“You’ll want to sprinkle the crayon bits like you were sprinkling a cupcake.” I told them. Big mistake. They poured entire contents of both ramekins over their boards before proclaiming “We’re done!”. I should have known.
I had them stop to see what I meant. I very very lightly sprinkled the crayon over my wax paper. When I had finished, we all walked over to the ironing board. I set another 8″ square of wax paper over my work and a dry dish rag was laid over both. When the iron was hot (medium setting), I ironed over the rag, checking frequently to see if the crayon had melted. When I was certain it had, I held the piece up to show the kids.
“That really does look like fire works!” They squealed. We made 7 of these squares before we ran out of shavings. Then Kylie and Logan were sent to go play. With the kids out of my hair, I began glass bowls over our little fireworks. Their new circular shape suited them.
Typically, you would use a hole punch to make threading the garland easier but mine was no where to be found. Instead, I gently folded the tops of each circle in half before cutting tiny triangles into them.
Before cutting the twine, consider the final destination of your garland. Is it going over the fireplace? Is it going in a window? Measure and cut accordingly. I stretched the twine over the length of our dining room table to better visualize firework placement.
When I was finally satisfied, I began threading the fireworks on to the twine. I secured each with a loose square knot before proceeding to the next. IT wasn’t long before we had a finished garland. Yay! The kids are happy. I swear.