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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 (31-40):
evaleesmom
by on Nov. 19, 2008 at 4:41 PM

great idea!!! im gonna make some for my little cousins and give them that with like a cool drawing pad or something!! thanks

   


  

Pasta19
by on Nov. 20, 2008 at 9:44 AM

That is to neat. My daughter is 13 mos and she wants to start drawing and this sounds great for her first set of crayons.

momtoall5
by on Nov. 20, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Thank you for this!!!  I will be making these for my daughters preschool class for Christmas!  I was wondering what to do with all those molds from my daughter in laws baby shower! 

Deanna

Maria.cscc
by on Nov. 20, 2008 at 4:18 PM

These have uploaded funny! But ive had such a fun time making these with my kids ... I Just had to share .... Thanks so much for the idea.

 

Maria ..


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Tam_n_Fam
by on Nov. 21, 2008 at 7:48 PM

i want to eventually try this with my preschool class...great science and art project

McClurgmama2
by on Nov. 22, 2008 at 9:33 PM

what did you use to make all the great shapes?they look awsome!

Quoting Maria.cscc:

These have uploaded funny! But ive had such a fun time making these with my kids ... I Just had to share .... Thanks so much for the idea.

 


xiomara3
by on Nov. 24, 2008 at 6:40 AM

WOWWW great idea, I love it!!!!  Thanks for sharing.

Xiomara

laurenday5
by on Nov. 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I love this! Do you think it would be ok to use a silicone pan?

laurenday5
by on Nov. 24, 2008 at 9:39 AM

I had a friend that was making a candle with a milk carton and melted crayons (her mother was a brownie leader and this was one of their projects). Does anyone know how to do this???

hotfudgesunday
by on Nov. 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I made a bunch this weekend with a silicone pan. It works great!!! However, I did find it a bit more difficult to get the new crayons out of the mold than it was in the metal muffin tin. I may try keeping them in the freezer longer next time to see if that helps.

Quoting laurenday5:

I love this! Do you think it would be ok to use a silicone pan?




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