Making Crayons using molds {Craft Camp}

    Posted by  ·  June 27, 2012

    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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    1. Sash
      Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
      Hi I read that Crayola does not recommend melting crayons in home ovens and microwave machines.

      I am more concern that the fumes/smell from crayons would make the oven food unsafe. What are your thoughts? Thank you!
      • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
        If you have a toaster oven you could do it outside. That might be an option Sash.
    2. Jennifer M
      Thursday, April 24th, 2014
      So my daughter loved to pick wrappers off all her crayons when she was little, so I always removed the wrappers before I gave them to her. I did so very quickly by soaking all the crayons in a bowl of cold water. The wrappers just slip off after a soak. No need to rip or cut. Sooo much faster and cleaner. Hope that saves someone some time :)
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    8. Regina
      Friday, December 20th, 2013
      As others pointed out, the IKEA ice cube trays that you use here are made of rubber, not silicone, and therefore are not oven safe. So I'm left wondering what else can we use as a mold that won't melt? Perhaps differences in ovens accounted for why some people's worked and some ended up a melted mess? I don't know, but I don't think I'm going to try. I love the idea of buying cupcake molds on clearance after holidays. What about molds used for melted chocolate? Just trying to get some alternatives?!
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    10. Lisa
      Thursday, October 24th, 2013
      I just attempted to make these with Lego molds for my son's birthday. Unfortunately, I found that different crayons melted at different rates. Some of the crayons melted so quickly that the Lego brick ended up being one color, while some of the others still had crayon shaped pieces in them. Because of this, they don't look very nice.
    11. Cami
      Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
      I wasn’t able to pop out (without cracking the ‘new’ crayon) of this flowery ikea tray (which is made for ice i guess…
    12. Regina
      Thursday, February 14th, 2013
      I tried baking in my heart shaped ikea mold and it melted. Burnt rubber smell and all. I knew they were ice cube trays but I thought they were silicone--they aren't. They're made of rubber. Now I'm left wondering why all of yours didn't melt.
    13. Heather
      Friday, February 1st, 2013
      I followed your directions to a T and used the same molds. The flowers and the hearts turned out great! However, the fish and the stars broke as I took them out of the molds. Do you have any tips for removing the "smaller" parts from these specific molds? Thanks!
    14. Mary
      Thursday, January 24th, 2013
      wanting to try these! My son loves to fish! we are looking for fun ideas to use for school as we have life threating food allergies so we stay away from alot of food items
    15. Cassey
      Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
      I thought this project looked like so much fun. I ran out to IKEA to get the molds shown. Out of two trays, only one heart worked. Every single fish broke in half. I followed all the steps and am relatively crafty, but I couldn't get this to work. Bummer!
    16. Corrie
      Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
      Thank you so much for this post!!! I just finished my first batch, and they turned out great!!! I used our toaster oven and the tray lined with foil and it worked perfectly!!!! I can't wait to make more with my 4 year old!!! Thank you again for sharing:)
    17. Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
      Super cute! Especially since crayons always break anyway. Anyone know how to make the actual crayons, from scratch?
    18. Kristin
      Sunday, August 19th, 2012
      I just made some using heart shaped cupcake molds that I got after Valentine's Day on clearance for $1 at Walmart. They popped right out after the freezer with no running under hot water necessary. They are perfect! I know it's early but I will be giving these out as Valentine's with a cute saying at my son's preschool! Thanks!!
    19. Bruna
      Thursday, July 12th, 2012
      I have these molds and I love them! However, I had to buy them all over again because my first attempt to put them in the oven totally ruined the molds (these are ice cube trays, maybe that's why)... And the crayons got stuck in the molds and were breaking when I tried to get them out (I didn't run them under hot water, maybe that's why). I ended up using a heart shaped mold for cupcakes I got at michaels - they were huge for crayons, but I didn't fill them to the top, and they turned out super cute and would even fit in an envelope cause they were thin.
      I'll give it another try using your techniques, tho, cause I love these molds. :)
    20. Debra
      Sunday, July 8th, 2012
      Those look like great fun.
    21. Friday, June 29th, 2012
      So fun. Love the seam ripper idea too. Need to start rounding up the broken crayons in the house and saving them for later.
    22. Kate
      Thursday, June 28th, 2012
      I saw recently on a blog that you can use a seem ripper to take off those pesky crayon wrappers. Works like a charm!
    23. Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
      I just made whole batch of these for the craft stall at our school fete. Love.
    24. Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
      Great idea, Thanks for sharing
    25. Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
      Cute craft! Very cool! :)

      Paloma.
    26. Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
      Really great idea I'm going to try it this summer.
    27. Shellie
      Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
      I am loving craft camp! I am planning my Girl Scout meeting for next year and many of your ideas are making the cut! Thanks! You are making my life so much easier!!!!!
    28. Suzanne
      Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
      Fun shapes make for extra fun creating. Thanks for sharing.