Handmade Holidays...

carrie_grace
creative ways to make new crayons from old crayons! great gift!
November 6, 2008 at 8:38 PM

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!

Replies

  • madimoma
    November 6, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    very cute

  • LovemyQ
    by LovemyQ
    November 6, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    I am soooo gonna do this!  Oh yeah, is your pan then reusable for food?

  • funnymom32
    November 6, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    I saw this the other day and I SO want to do it.  Somewhere in my house I have a box of random crayons.  When I find it I will do this project. 

  • carrie_grace
    November 6, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    unfortunately you probably won't want to bake in the silicone pans after this project...

    Quoting LovemyQ:

    I am soooo gonna do this!  Oh yeah, is your pan then reusable for food?


  • mnwintercritter
    November 7, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    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.

  • RachGr
    by RachGr
    November 7, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    wow, I want to try this!

  • MamaTiffTiff
    November 7, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    I love this idea. I so will be doing this!

  • artC1s
    by artC1s
    November 7, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    This is something I've been looking for, thanks for posting this!

  • noworries99
    November 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM
    how cute!
  • krazykoolmommy
    November 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    What a great idea!!  I know I have extra or broken crayons lying around.  I can't wait to try this!

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