Apr 29, 2013

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #32 AND a Crayon Pretzels Tutorial

These Crayon Pretzels were used as party favors and were not only a big hit with the kids, they were actually very tasty!
My daughter was two when I threw her a crayon themed birthday party. She's five now, so I'm drawing on an ever-eroding mommy memory to piece together these tutorials for you. If you're a scrapbooker/stamper type, you'll find the crayon boxes a breeze to assemble. Not being the patient, precise, scrapbooking type myself, I thought they were a nightmare. The front of the crayon box involved a lot of Photoshopping of a crayon box image to come to my final design.
Crayon Pretzels Materials
Pretzel Rods
Wilton Candy Melts (5 different colors)
Copy paper in primary colors
approximately 4 cups of uncooked rice
large and small cellophane lollipop bags 

1. Place rice in a shallow pan and set aside. 
2. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt one color of Wilton candy melts for 30 seconds. Remove, stir and repeat in 30 second increments until candy is liquid.
3. Dip first half of pretzels in candy melts, stick dry end of pretzel in rice & allow candy to set. 
4. Dip send half of pretzels in candy melts, stick dry end of pretzel in rice & allow candy to set.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 with all candy melts colors.
6. Print Crayon wrappers on colored paper.
7. Cut out wrappers, wrap around individual pretzels & secure wrapper with tape.
8. Insert one crayon of each color in a small cellophane bag.
9. Download crayon box template & following printing instructions onto yellow paper. Cut out, fold and tape (this was the nightmare portion of the project for me).

10.  These are the stages of rudimentary photoshopping and re-design that I did to the crayon box. The front of the box was not printed on the crayon boxes, they were printed separately and applied to the box with double-stick tape. 
11. Insert crayons in boxes and wrap boxes in large cellophane bags. Tie closed.

This Week's Featured Blogs
Featured bloggers, you're welcome to grab the Clever Chicks Featured button, below! 

This Silly Girl's Life, Cilantro Lime Chicken
Old House Refreshed, DIY Storage Bench
The Chicken Mama, Doink the Pig is not amused by snow in April
Feathers in the Woods, How to Clean Silver Jewelry Without Chemicals

Cultivating a Creative LIfe, Spicy Dilly Refrigerator Pickles
 Oh Mrs. Tucker, NoseFrida.

Editorial Note: This is a public service for every parent of a baby or toddler: Get a NoseFrida before your child gets a cold. Trust me. Using one is no more gross than wiping a child's runny nose with a tissue and the relief offered to a congested child is priceless (particularly in the middle of the night). We used the NoseFrida with both of our daughters and I gift one to every expectant mother I know. When my babies became toddlers, they would hand us the NoseFrida to help them breathe when they were sick (as you can see my daughter demonstrating above <sigh>).

About Featured Blogs
Some of my favorite posts and/or most viewed posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! I will also pin them to my “Clever Chicks” Pinterest board. The featured bloggers are invited to brag about how clever they are by posting the Clever Chicks "Featured” button on their blogs!

The Chicken Chick

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #32
You’re invited to LINK UP!
Despite the title, this is an equal-opportunity link party!
The Chicken Chick
How to Link-up
Share your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, 
stories about your families, chickens, farm animals or other pets! 
** No linky parties, giveaways or items for sale please. **

Please use the direct link to your blog post, not to your blog’s home page; 
we want to be able to find your clever post!

If you have trouble linking up, please email me the URL to your post and I will add it for you: Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com



  1. elle mental4/29/13, 5:03 AM

    Thank You for hosting! I hope that you had a nice weekend and have a lovely week!

  2. Heather Carter4/29/13, 7:08 AM

    Hi Kathy. Super cute crayon pretzels, and I'm sure they were delicious! Great job!


  3. Debbie Barna4/29/13, 7:38 AM

    Thanks so much for hosting!!


  4. Christina Paul4/29/13, 7:46 AM

    Those crayon pretzels are the cutest idea ever! Need an excuse to make them! :)

  5. Lisann Murano4/29/13, 9:15 AM

    I'm so excited!! Thanks so much for featuring my post!


  6. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts4/29/13, 9:15 AM

    You do such an amazing job managing this giant blog hop--thank you for inviting me to join it, I really like visiting.
    Today I'm linking up my first attempt to put words on a picture (ok, there's a recipe there too, and it's delicious and light, but I'm more chuffed about the words I managed to stick on the photo) Fish Taco Enchiladas. My dining room table is a battlefield on burrito nights, so to make peace in the family I baked fish pieces and layered them on a greek yogurt-dressed shredded cabbage bed, rolled it up, added a bit of my home-canned salsa verde, and a touch of Gouda, and baked it up. Very tasty. But the words on the picture! Someday I'll be able to get words like I envision them . . .
    In keeping with the tortilla theme (did you know we had a theme? just happened) I am also linking up Mu Shu Chicken burritos--without a photo of the Burrito Night Carnage that ensued. Paint the picture in your mind.
    Finally, a pizza, a rolled Beef and Mushroom FFF-boli just to change things up a bit.
    Thanks for hosting!

  7. I love the key hook! Thanks for hosting such a great hop. I really enjoy visiting all the new (to me) blogs.

    Backyardchickenlady at gmail dot com

  8. Jennifer Pleskina4/29/13, 10:16 AM

    Thanks for hosting Kathy, have a great week!

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer
    Jenn's Random Scraps

  9. Crystelle Boutique4/29/13, 10:23 AM

    Hey Kathy! An outstanding party once again! We really appreciate all of your hard work….

    Have a happy Monday…. :)

    hugs x


    Crystelle Boutique

  10. Tracy Jenner4/29/13, 11:14 AM

    I Love the crayon idea and It is one for my classroom Thank you so much

  11. Danielle Anderson4/29/13, 12:05 PM

    We just got our chicks and excited to begin this new adventure! Thank you for this blog it has been extremely helpful! ~Danielle

  12. The key holders are so fun. I have a friend they would be perfect for.

  13. I wanted to say that I tried to click the first two links listed on this linky party and they went to pages that said the post is no longer there?

  14. The Nose Frieda is GENIUS!! I wish I had heard about that YEARS ago!! My youngest is 4 and I wonder how much use we would get out if it now. It probably is still worth it!

  15. Thanks for hosting Kathy! I'm finally getting caught up, and I came over with my newest post!

  16. When I click on the first few links that I assume are yours, I get an error message that says those pages are not found. I had this issue last week but thought it was on my end. Might want to check the urls to make sure they are correct.

  17. I would love a block of forage cake. The last one I had was gone in about a week. Blessings! Dawnie

  18. Kayla Emerson4/29/13, 7:13 PM

    Thank you for inviting me to join this hop and for all the good chicken tips you post!

  19. Fluster Buster4/29/13, 8:55 PM

    Thank you so much for hosting - see you again next week!

    Fluster Buster

  20. Thanks for hosting and thanks for inviting me! I just linked up, #187. Adding your party to my party list : )
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

  21. Subscribed and entering the contest. Love your blog!

  22. I am all linked up! Stopping by to let you know you are my featured Co host for this weeks Blog Hop! So enjoy a little extra traffic from me!

    Love those crayon candies! Your so clever!

  23. LOVE the crayons - wish I still had little ones, this would be fun :)

  24. Congrats to your winner!

  25. Someday I'll have a cute how-to to link-up. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. anyonita green4/30/13, 12:23 PM

    Thanks so much for another great party! I've finally gotten around to following/liking you on Pinterest, Facebook & Twitter! I also wanted to say: I've just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog
    & I'd love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes!
    Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Tasty-Tuesdays-8-features-ad.html

  27. The crayons are very cute, please enter me in the drawing, thanks

  28. I'm new to the hop. Thanks for the link-up! I've followed and put your button on my pinterest page.

  29. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 9:53 PM

    Thanks for linking up, Rachel! It's nice to have you here. :)

  30. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 9:53 PM

    You're entered, Lakeeissa!

  31. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 9:57 PM

    Thanks Kim, that's so much fun!! ♥

  32. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 9:58 PM

    Thanks for linking up, Jacquelyn!

  33. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 9:58 PM

    Thanks for linking up with us, Kayla!

  34. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 10:02 PM

    Thanks for linking up Amy!

  35. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 10:03 PM

    It's only $15 and if your 4 year old is like mine were, they really don't get the hang of blowing their nose at that age.

  36. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 10:05 PM

    Thanks for letting me know, Katherine. I fixed them.

  37. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 10:14 PM

    Congratulations and welcome to chicken keeping!

  38. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 10:14 PM

    LOL! Sorry. ;)

  39. TheChickenChick4/30/13, 10:16 PM

    Peeling crayons is half the fun! lol

  40. micupoftea5/1/13, 5:15 AM

    Love visiting each week. Thx for hosting! :)

  41. Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity! Have also tried a few of your recipes.....DELICIOUS!! :)

  42. Please enter me in the drawing. Love your blogs on this site and Facebook. Thanks

  43. love the blog! Just got my 1st chicks a few days ago.

  44. Forage cake sure would keep our chicks busy considering we got over a foot of snow today

  45. Thanks for another great giveaway!! I love your page!

  46. always love seeing what you post, so much wonderful information!! Thanks for all the great giveaways!

  47. I added you on google friend connect! I don't know why I didn't do it before, now I will be aware of updates, haha. Love the key holders...you find such cool country house stuff. Thanks!!!

  48. Nice cake ,, very cute..
    Entering comment for drawing.

  49. Lynette Mattke5/2/13, 6:59 PM

    I love your DIY posts....and your giveaways! Thank you, as always!

  50. Love your site and the list of places I can go to. Please enter in the contest for the forage cake for chickens. Thanks!!!

  51. Love your site and all the information you post. Please enter me for the Forage Cake for chickens give a way. Thanks!!!

  52. Renee Sturgis5/2/13, 8:43 PM

    Following! LOVE your blog!

  53. I think the nosefrida is the greatest invention! long gone will be the suction bulbs you bring home from the hospital. This will be on my gift giving list for sure!

  54. Joyce Zaleski5/2/13, 9:26 PM

    I thought I had left a comment about your wonderful and informative blog posts but I have not seen it posted, so I'm sorry if it shows up again. I absolutely love ALL your information whether it is chicken related or crafty info :) thanks so much and I look forward to more of your informative and creative blogs :) queenb@epix.net

  55. I'm having so much fun reading your blogs and getting updates from you on Facebook. I'm just back into chickens after 50 years, and I'm having a ball! My little girls are 4 weeks old, and the coop is almost completed! :-)

  56. such good ideas and Blaze looks awesome!

  57. Monica Baute5/3/13, 1:04 PM

    You have the most creative ideas!! Love reading your blog and getting updates on facebook. My husband recently started following you too because he was tired of hearing about all of these chickens that weren't ours and wanted to see the daily Rachel too!

  58. TheChickenChick5/3/13, 11:32 PM

    LOL! Thanks Monica. :)

  59. jblanton415/5/13, 8:48 AM

    I love your blog, you always have interesting info-thanks!

  60. Debbie_Bruening5/13/13, 11:16 AM

    I love the giveaways! Please count me in! I get so much good information from your blog. My new chickens are so happy. 8 more weeks before the first egg!!!

  61. Love the crayon pretzel idea! Pinned