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.
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!
These are just a few examples...
Happy crafting ladies!
by madimomaNovember 6, 2008 at 8:39 PM
by LovemyQNovember 6, 2008 at 8:59 PM
I am soooo gonna do this! Oh yeah, is your pan then reusable for food?
by funnymom32November 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.
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.
by RachGrNovember 7, 2008 at 9:17 AM
wow, I want to try this!
by MamaTiffTiffNovember 7, 2008 at 2:28 PM
I love this idea. I so will be doing this!
by artC1sNovember 7, 2008 at 2:33 PM
This is something I've been looking for, thanks for posting this!
by noworries99November 7, 2008 at 2:51 PMhow cute!
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!