Friday, January 31, 2014

molded crayons

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We made it to the end of the tunnel - the kids are not sick anymore! The last half of the month was brutal, but I am just glad that the illness is behind us. Now that everyone is happy, it's back to crafting... :)

Have you made these molded crayons before? They were fun, easy, and a great way to recycle those old broken crayons we had accumulated through the years.

There are plenty of tutorials out there, but here is how we did it:

First, I gathered all those old broken crayons and unwrapped them.
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The little fingers had trouble getting some of the papers off, so Luke cut a slit down the side of the crayon to make it less frustrating.
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Next, we broke the crayons into tiny pieces and Anna filled up the little silicone molds (which are actually ice cube trays from Ikea). I didn't guide her, but her instinct was to just sort by colors/shades.
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I wasn't sure how the ice cube trays would do in the oven, but after 10 minutes in a 250 degree oven, they held up just fine. The crayons melted nicely and I left them to cool in the fridge.
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Finally, once they were completely cooled, we just popped them out and scribbled away!

The heart ones turned out perfectly, but most of the fish ones broke in two in the process of getting them out, as you can see in the picture below. (Also - don't expect to use the trays to make ice again. They are ruined, but good thing they were only a dollar each and I will just use them to make more in the future.)
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These cute crayons are great to pass out as Valentines at school, but Anna loves them so much that she wants to keep them all. Not only the kids draw with them, but they play with them like little toys. So funny.

4 comments:

  1. You left out the part about how messy they are and how all the little crayon flakes get everywhere. Oh well, our couches, tables and floors are already screwed anyways.

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  2. Such a great idea for Valentines! I've been considering this craft recently as well, but I had to laugh when at the photo of these perfectly good crayons. Ephram went through a long phase where he *had* to remove all the paper on the crayons, and all of ours are broken into tiny pieces bc they break every time they fall on the floor without paper to keep them together. I just bought new crayons yesterday bc it was driving me crazy!

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  3. What a great idea to use them as Vday gifts too, that is, if she were willing to part with them :). $1 ice cube trays, nice!

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  4. I always wanted to try this. Looks like fun! And a great way to get "rid" of those small broken crayons in the box. - Eva

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