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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

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These are just a few examples...

Happy crafting ladies!

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by on Nov. 6, 2008 at 8:38 PM
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KristynS
by on Nov. 24, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Don't keep them in the freezer for too long.  I left some in the freezer in a silicone pan for about 45 minutes yesterday and when I popped them out of the pan, part of the pan came with the crayons!  I had to pick silicone out of a few of the crayons.  It worked much better when I kept them in the freezer for about 15 minutes only.  I also tried to pop out another batch before they were completely cool and they cracked and broke so I had to re bake them.  In my experience, it wouldn't be a good idea to freeze them for longer (or not long enough lol).  Good luck!!


Quoting hotfudgesunday:

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?



hotfudgesunday
by on Nov. 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Thanks for the tip!!! Maybe I'll try putting a bit more oil in the mold. I was pretty stingy with the oil.

Also... I used REALLY cheap crayons....The color & some of the wax (??) seemed to separate...so I ended up w/ layers of colors instead of a solid color. I have made them w/ RoseArt & did not have this problem. Live & learn!!!! :)

Quoting KristynS:

Don't keep them in the freezer for too long.  I left some in the freezer in a silicone pan for about 45 minutes yesterday and when I popped them out of the pan, part of the pan came with the crayons!  I had to pick silicone out of a few of the crayons.  It worked much better when I kept them in the freezer for about 15 minutes only.  I also tried to pop out another batch before they were completely cool and they cracked and broke so I had to re bake them.  In my experience, it wouldn't be a good idea to freeze them for longer (or not long enough lol).  Good luck!!


Quoting hotfudgesunday:

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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by on Nov. 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

How heavy are they?  I was thinking you could put a little rod in them (the tree or star shaped ones) when they're pliable to make a hole for stringing some yarn (or similar type string) through.  Instant ornaments that smell good!  (I love the smell of crayons...I know, I'm weird)

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tuckersmomi
by on Nov. 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

I just made these with the silicone snowflake tray from walmart and they came soooo perfect!!!  I love them!

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metalnmyveins
by on Nov. 30, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Here are my first set...I used cheap crayons from Michaels...


jaycee1124
by on Dec. 1, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Adding this to my list of projects for when I'm bored!

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AmomwithPCOS
by on Dec. 6, 2008 at 3:02 PM

How do you do this with the ice molds? Since you cant bake the ice mold?

 

Thanks again Jeannette

Quoting mnwintercritter:

Right now our dollar store has ice molds in both tree and santa shapes. I find a lot of ice and jello molds at thrift and dollar stores that are fun to use.


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LadyLuck13
by on Dec. 10, 2008 at 3:57 PM

I love this idea!

teatime24-7
by on Dec. 11, 2008 at 12:11 AM

I have two Rubbermaid boxes filled with crayons I have had for yrs. I think I'll try this and make them up for my 3 yr. old granddaughter.

hms1223
by on Dec. 11, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Great minds think alike!  I just picked up a couple of the free jello mold trays that have a variety of christmasy shapes and a couple of boxes of crayons.  I'm going to try to lay a small loop of yarn at the top of each one before putting them in the freezer to see if I can get a hanger to hold.  Instant ornaments!

I will try to post pics when I am done if it all works out!

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