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creative ways to make new crayons from old crayons! great gift!

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Since there has been tons of intrest in this project I thought I would condense the info into one post and keep it sticky through the holidays.

Making Toddler Friendly Crayons


Written by Allison of Funky Little Monkey.

I am a rather creative person. I love anything and everything that has to do with crafts and even before I had kids I dreamed of being creative with them. Well my son is now 16 months old and I figure the time is right to get him into the arts and craft mood. But everything seems to small for his little hands to hold.

I bought a box of used crayons at a consignment sale last week and decided that I was going to make some chunky crayons for my son to color with (since he is just 16.5 months old). I used only regular Crayola crayons since I figured that not all crayons color alike - so they must not melt alike either (I'll do another batch of just Rose Art Crayons next).

I then took a mini-muffin pan and coated it with a dab of vegetable oil in each space (just enough to show that's it's there but not enough to leave it dripping in oil).

I then took the labels off all of the crayons and broke them into fours. You can either pick the labels off one by one - or you can soak them in cold water to get the labels wet and they will slide right off - your choice (I picked them off one by one just to be difficult.)

I choose to do crayons in like colors but you can do high contrasting - your choice. I separated them out to each mini-muffin space - about three to four crayons per space:

I put them in an oven that had been preheated to 300 degrees and cooked them for 8 minutes (just enough to where they were liquid and melted and you couldn't see the actual crayon shape anymore:

From there I let them sit on the counter for 15 minutes until the congealed again. The I put them in the freezer for another 15 - 30 minutes. It was there in the freezer that they started breaking away from the pan - so when I took them out they just came right out of the pan:

And that's it .... for $3 (which is what it cost me to buy the huge box of used crayons - which I still have more of)... I made some cool toddler friendly crayons for my son:

This tutorial was written by Allison of Funky Little Monkey.

You can also use shaped muffin and cookie pans to get different shaped crayons.  DON'T TRY TO MELT THEM IN A SHEET PAN AND CUT WITH COOKIE CUTTERS, IT DOES NOT WORK!Wilton® 6 Cavity Silicone Mold-TreeWilton® 24 Cavity Mini Silicone Pan-Tree

Wilton® 24 Cavity Silicone Mold-Gingerbread Boy



These are just a few examples...

Happy crafting ladies!

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by on Nov. 6, 2008 at 8:38 PM
Replies (21-30):
Holycropmom
by on Nov. 12, 2008 at 8:51 PM

I've made these & they make great stockin stuffers!

MyBelovedOnes
by on Nov. 16, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Such an awesome idea!  We will be doing this!!!

MyBelovedOnes
by on Nov. 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I just took mine out of the oven!  I had a box (practically brand new crayons) for YEARS that I melted down for my kids.  Now, they will finally get used.

Quoting MyBelovedOnes:

Such an awesome idea!  We will be doing this!!!


MNMom247365
by on Nov. 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Isn't it funny how plain old crayons are borring but if you melt them down into a different shape they are just that much cooler, LOL and they are the SAME THING! I love this project!!!

sjc0858
by on Nov. 17, 2008 at 6:56 PM

I just made mine today and used the silicone snowflake tray. They are so adorable! They look for like flowers but are sweet just the same. I am going to add them to the party favor bags for my daughters party.

momma_sunshine
by on Nov. 18, 2008 at 7:01 PM

So the other day I made a rainbow crayon.  It needs a little work still but I think I worked out all the bugs for it.

So melt the crayons as per the directions on here, but make them VERY thin!  I used two crayons per 'regular' size muffin tin *not the mini ones* and made a red,orange,yellow,green,blue and purple crayon.  Let them set up and fall out of the tins.  Then I stacked them all on top of one another and lightly melted them together.  I put them into a cupcake paper first, but thinking back I wouldn't do that, just watch them so that you pull them out when they are soft.  If you think it looks like one color is running all over.  Take a cookie cutter that doesn't have a handle on it, and press all the way through the crayon.  After you freeze it, they should pop right out and voila you have a rainbow crayon!

daiseysmom
by on Nov. 18, 2008 at 7:41 PM

So cute! We've made these before but I'd love to make them in the different shapes!

mumzieof4
by on Nov. 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM

GREAT IDEA!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!

Maria.cscc
by on Nov. 19, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I had a try making some of these this after noon, they came out great, Im doing it with the kids after school tomorrow! They will give them to class friends for Christmas.

Im such a messy person tho! I dripped wax everywhere ,, Im dreading the mess tomorrow :)

 

hotfudgesunday
by on Nov. 19, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you & Thank you some more for posting this!! I just got done making these & my son is enjoying them as I type!! I'll admit some of the colors are less than appealling... but I anticipated that when I was making them. I wanted to experiment. You just never know when something you think will be ugly will turn out awesome ;) I cannot believe just how simple this is, and yet I never would have thought of this. I am totally making this for stocking stuffers for all the kids this Christmas!!!



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