Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dinosaur Crayons

We made these for The Midglet's birthday and put them in the favor boxes. It was such a simple, easy craft and I can't wait to make other shapes, too! 

Crafting tends to be a family affair with us, and I spent an afternoon at my sister's house getting all the make-ahead party stuff done with her and her family. I just LOVE how we all get into it, and this activity was no different!

I found this post on making dinosaur crayons when I was searching for, surprise!, dinosaur crayons to buy. This was much less expensive than anything I found. 

All you need is a silicone mold, crayons, an oven and voila! Fun crayon shapes.

I bought the silicone mold on ebay for around $7, but I also found it on

We started by peeling the paper off the crayons

Then we broke them apart and put them in the mold. It took a about 1.5-2 crayons to fill each space. These were Rose Art and on the thinner side; I think if you used Crayola you may only need one crayon per dinosaur. Also, you may 

In the oven, on a cookie sheet lined with foil, for 25-30 minutes at 200 degrees. Let cool or put in the freezer - since it was January we just stuck the cookie sheet outside on the front step - and then pop them out of the silicone when they are cooled and firm.

Ta da! AWESOMESAUCE! We had such fun with the first batch we got creative and started making all different color combinations. We used 5 24-packs of crayons and made 7 dozen little critters. I'm saving the extras to include in a dino-themed birthday gift.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Midglet turns 3 - and it's DINO-tastic!!

This year for The Midglet's birthday, we went prehistoric with a dinosaur theme! He loves going to Party City and picking out all the little dinosaurs in the favor section, playing with them and integrating them into all his imaginative play (it's rather amusing!).  

We had a blast! I made tissue paper pom poms to hang from the ceiling, the cake became the bane of my existence for a few hours, and I was able to do a ton DIY or semi-homemade which made this party extra fun for me and the fam :)

For the favor boxes we made crayons and soap - I also included dinosaur stickers, miniature dinosaurs, notepads and dinosaur stamps. They were a hit! 
Dino shaped crayons
Dinosaur egg soap surprise!
Dinos, dinos everywhere!
DIY birthday banner

PB&J and fluffer-nutter (homemade fluff!) sandwiches, snacks, and other yummies

So this cake was almost a disaster until it came together like THAT!!! The car is gluten/dairy free (for my dad, who ended up not even getting a piece it was so delicious!) and the rest was white cake with dark chocolate chunks and cream cheese frosting. I wouldn't recommend trying to design anything with cream cheese frosting, but in this case with some tweaking, and a lot of TLC, it came together beautifully!

We played pin the head on the t-rex, made dinosaur feet, ran around til we dropped. Of course The Midglet was still awake at 11 and was begging me to go back to the car to get his presents, and it took some clever negotiating to get him to sleep, but it was all worth it.

I think the adults had more fun with the dinos than the kids!

The Midglet!