Crayons. Everywhere. Having young children in our home, crayons seem to take over your house! These days crayons are given away at every turn. Restaurants, festivals and fairs, party favors, and leftovers from the previous school year all add up. Over time the crayons get broken or used up to a nub and cast aside while a new perfect crayon takes its place as many a child can’t be bothered with anything but a perfect crayon! Piles of stubby crayons accumulate. So what to do? Throw them out? NO! Make new, fun shaped and colorful recycled crayons in whatever shape and color combination you desire! Junk to Gems!
Directions for Recycled Crayons:
- Peel paper labels from the crayons
- Sort the Crayons as desired
- All one color – best for “pure color” crayons
- Shades of one color
- Warm or Cool tones
- Earth and Mineral tones
- or Experiment!
- Break into pieces if necessary to fit in your molds as desired
- Place into the silicone molds. Do not overfill to avoid spill over.Vertical, horizontal, or willy-nilly? Organized or random? Your choice!
- We chose a willy-nilly approach.
- Place silicone molds in the pre-heated oven.
- I placed them on a cookie sheet to more easily handle them
- Bake in a preheated oven at 225° Fahrenheit until melted, approximately 10 – 15 minutes
- Possibly longer depending on the size of the mold and amount of crayons.
- For example, our shell shaped molds were melted in 12 minutes while the thicker blocks took close to 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely
- We tried to remove a few too early. They seemed solid but warm. It caused some crumbling around the edges.
- In the future, I will be more patient and let them cool for at least an hour if not overnight.
- Different corners and faces of the shapes may have different colors and effects!
- FYI: I found the top edge of the mold to have a waxy buildup which made drawing difficult, while the rest of the mold drew as any regular crayon.
- They also look awesome! To me, they truly look like gems! You may choose to keep them on your desk as a cool ornament!
Try it out! It is a blast! Let us know how yours turn out in the comments!
-Guest Post by Jarrod Chance from OurSearchForParadise.com
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