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Making Crayons using molds {Craft Camp}

I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers! Please be sure to pay them a visit!

Yay……Craft Camp 2012! I love that Cindy hosts this every year. Thanks for having me back again! (Don’t change a thing Cindy……we’ve all become Craft Camp Addicts! :) )
I’m Ashley from Make It and Love It and have a quick and fun little craft that your little ones will love. I’m sure many of you have seen this done several times and in many different ways. Nothing new here. (Adapted from my original post here.)

But maybe this is a great reminder? And maybe you’ve never found fun quirky molds to use? Also, you could make these crayons ahead of time with your kiddos, and then bring them with you to your family reunions this summer for all the cousins to enjoy. Or………just save them for a rainy day. :)
Let’s get started.
I found these molds at Ikea (here). They are actually silicone ice cube trays. They only cost $0.99 and once they are used for crayons, they’ll always be crayons molds…..because the crayon is impossible to get off. But for a $1 each, that’s not bad. And you can use them again and again.
First, pull out all of those old broken crayons and start peeling all the papers away. (Or, like in our case, buy a fresh new box of crayons.) The kids have fun with this part and loved the freedom of being destructive.
If you’re having trouble getting some of the papers off, cut a slit down the side of the crayon and then peel the paper away. Or plan ahead and soak them in water. Either tip will save you some time trying to get the papers off.
You will need a nice variety of colors, all freshly peeled and broken.
Next, start filling up the little molds with a variety of colors, breaking up the crayon pieces a little smaller if necessary. (This is where my husband stepped in to help.)
Make sure to let those little hands help. They will love this. (You can even have the older children sort by color……they’ll love the task.)
Then place the molds in a pre-heated 250 degree (F) oven for 5-10 minutes…….peeking in on them every so often. Also, place tin foil down on the rack below the crayons, in case there are any spills. Crayon would not be fun to clean out of the oven.
When you have noticed that the crayons are almost all the way melted, use a toothpick to gently poke at the crayons……..releasing some of the air pockets. But you don’t want to actually mix it because you want your colors to stay separate and vibrant.
Once the crayons are completely melted, pull the molds out of the oven and allow them to rest on the counter until cooled. (It took about 15 minutes for crayons this size.) Keep your hands steady while taking them out of the oven. The silicone trays are wobbly. You don’t want to spill or burn yourself with hot wax.
**Variation: You can melt crayons in the microwave (in a bowl) and pour the liquid wax into molds. However, doing it this way won’t give you such a nice chunky color variety in each crayon. But it would still work great and produce a fun new crayon shape.
Then place the molds in the freezer to allow them to really harden…….and speed up the cooling process. (I left them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.)
Next, run the bottoms of each mold under hot water, to help soften up the silicone tray and help separate the crayons from the bottom of the mold. Then push the molds from the bottom and pop out each crayon.
Now you should have a lovely assortment of fresh new crayons.
In lots of child-pleasing shapes.
Now the fun part.
Roll out some paper and let your kiddos have at it!

And if the person helping with the project is anything like my husband, they’ll be just as happy on the floor with kids.
Enjoy!
-Ashley

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