May Day! May Day!

When I was three years old, I have a vivid memory of picking a handful of Bluebells and pale pink wild flowers, and weaving a basket out of brown paper strips. Tightly holding my mom's hand on a drizzly spring day, I ran gleefully through my grandmother's yard, and stood proudly on her doorstep to deliver my May Day gift. I wasn't stealth enough to ring the doorbell and run, as I think the holiday was originally intended, but my grandma still loved it, and so did I.

I wanted to bring that same joy and surprise to the two youngest members of my family. They live out of state, so fresh flowers weren't an option. I decided to make, and mail these fun flower crayons.

To make six, all you need is a flower mold, and about 72 crayons (three of the 24 packs).

The unwrapping process took much longer than I anticipated. Pick out a good movie, or recruit family members to help you!

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Break the crayons into the smallest possible chunks to melt more quickly. Cutting them into pieces with a knife works well when your hands get tired.

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I placed my mold on an old cookie sheet, and put it in the oven at 225 degrees F for about 30 minutes.


I let mine cool for 15 minutes, and they popped out of the tray easily.

I put the crayons in plastic goodie bags to ensure they'd travel well, and make them more fun to open.

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I found these adorable baskets at World Market leftover in the Easter basket sale section. The crayons fit perfectly, and there was plenty of room for a note.

I tucked the baskets into shoe boxes, and bedazzled the front of the packages with glittery flower stickers, and "Do not open until May 1." Hooray for May Day!