Thursday, February 17, 2011

DIY Crayons

I've been seeing DIY crayon tutorials all over craft blog land, so I thought I'd give it a try. I found these ice-cube molds at IKEA and thought they'd be perfect...

But they weren't. The crayons seeped into the plastic and took on a chalky, weird consistency. Plus, they crumbled when I tried to pop them out of the molds. (I think it would have worked had the molds been silicone, but apparently they were some other strange sort of pliable plastic)

So I looked up another tutorial, which recommended melting the crayons in an empty can or jar and then pouring the liquid into a chocolate candy mold.

Perfecto! These were just what I had in mind and Indigo and Hazel love coloring with them. Let's hope these crayons can hold their interest on the 11-hour airplane ride we're taking next week!

DIY Crayons
  • Crayons in assorted colors
  • Candy molds (I found mine at Michael's for $1.99)
  • Several empty cans or jars
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Peel all the paper labels off your crayons and break them into 2 or 3 pieces. Group them into similar colors and put them into your empty can or jar. The colors will melt and combine so unless you want a bunch of brown crayons, keep colors with their own kind. (it's just crayons, there is no subversive message here people! I'm a "brown" crayon myself, you know. Ha!)

Set all your cans or jars on a cookie sheet and put in your oven for 15 minutes. Make sure the crayons are thoroughly melted, if not, keep checking every 5 minutes.

Using an oven mitt (cans and jars are HOT!) pour the melted crayon mixtures into your candy molds.  Stick them in the freezer, or outside if it's winter, until they harden. 

Pop out your new and improved crayons and get to coloring!

1 comment:

  1. oh, i love the bright stars and shells. Great idea for kids gifts or goodie bags!