#CIJParty 2015 – Tutorial: Turn Your Old Crayons Into New Fun

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Turn Your Old Crayons Into New Fun” by Angie from CraftyMom75

Introduction

This tutorial is super easy and quick, you can even do it with toddlers and Preschoolers!  We love to use these special upcycled/recycled crayons for class Christmas gifts, Valentine’s Day cards, Halloween treats, and end of year presents!  And the materials are probably already somewhere in your house!

The best crayons to use are the ones that have been colored with, broken, and are no longer usable to your kiddos!

The smaller and more broken up they are, the less work you have to do!CraftyMom751_tutorial

Materials Used

You will need:
1.  Crayons, preferably Crayola, cheaper brands do not melt as well, and smoke and stink while melting.
2.  A chocolate/food crafting mold in your desired shape.  I buy lots of these after the holiday at craft stores, or online.  Be careful that you choose quality molds, the cute ones in the Dollar spot at Target just melt in the oven.
3.  An old metal cookie sheet, the thickest you find.  Check out Goodwill or Garage sales, because this will no longer be usable for food when you are done. CraftyMom752_tutorial

Tutorial Directions

First, gather your supplies and preheat your over to 500 degrees F.

Next, peel all of the crayons you will need.  How many you will need will depend on the shape and size of your mold.  I usually like to start with around 10.  If they are broken and the paper torn off, all the better, as you will have less prep work to do.

A tip is you are using new crayons, get the paper a bit wet and it comes off easier.CraftyMom753_tutorial

Second, decide if you want to have a color theme.  Some people like to do lots of random colors on each crayon, others are more orderly, and want shades of the same color.  It is totally up to you and whoever is helping you.  Then, start breaking the crayons into pieces that fit the mold until the molds are full.  It is totally ok if they stick up out of the molds a bit, they will melt down into the mold.  Also, if they overflow a bit, that is what the old cookie sheet is for.  As you can see, you do not need to be professional or precise, the melting will help you out.CraftyMom754_tutorial

Third, put your mold onto the cookie sheet in the 500 degree oven.

Set a timer for 4 minutes and check every 15 seconds after that.

When each mold is liquid (and sometimes smoking), it is done.  Each batch varies due to the amount and size pieces of crayons used.

Remember when you take these out, they are 500 degree wax, no little ones and be careful!!CraftyMom755_tutorial

Finally, let these dry overnight or about 12 hours so they are hardened.  Then, carefully remove the crayons from the molds.  The best way to keep them from breaking that I have found is to pull the mold away from the crayon until it comes loose on all sides, then tip the crayon out. CraftyMom751_tutorial

Conclusion

These crayons are so fun, and a great craft with little ones.  There are so many great molds available, but remember that once you use your mold for crayons, they are no longer suitable for food, so choose wisely!

If you are interested in the Lego Minifigure mold, I bought mine from Lego, but they have discontinued them.  The molds are available on Etsy from several buyers, as low as $8.50.

Thanks!!

I hope you enjoy this project and please share your creations with me!  Tag me on Instagram @angieshandmade
or Facebook @angieshandmadegiftsandaprons

If you would like to follow me for other great ideas for family fun, kids stuff, and ways for vendors to have successful craft fairs, you can find me below!

Instagram-www.instagram.com/angieshandmade
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For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

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