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Posted on January 1, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    


So this is one of my favorite crafts: "Cray-zy Crayonz". I saw the idea online and thought, "I could sooo make that!'


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I saw the idea in marthastewart.com.  It's a great project to do with children or for children. I made loads of them for the children at my church.  They loved them. Kids love the fact that they didn't have to pick up another crayon to change colors. And in turn, that made them believe I was a genius! 

They're simply crayons melted and reformed into different shapes. My favorite is the star because each point serves as a different crayon and it fits very snug in a child's hand. I got a star and moon silicone molds at a Dollar Tree in my town and tried it and it worked perfectly. As a matter of fact, I have found that I liked mine better than the ones that are just from plain muffin tins. You can also purchase Jello molds from ebay or amazon and some really cool ice cube trays from Ikea for $1.99. They have the best shapes. 



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Below are the molds I worked with.  The large moon and star and the small green one in the background were all purchased at Dollar Tree.  The black stars and the pink puzzle pieces in the background were purchased at Ikea for $1.99 each.  There were many choices.

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They do say: "for ice only" but if you poor the wax from a double broiler or silicone container into the molds, you should be fine.  You just won't have the same effect. Just test it first to be on the safe side.

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This is how you can sooo make it:

First preheat oven and let it get to about 300 degrees. While that's heating up, gather all your crayons and separate them between color such as primary and secondary, then others like black, white and so on. The reason for this is because once the labels are peeled off, the darker colors wont give away what they are. It's hard to tell the purples, blues, blacks, and other dark shades from each other.


It's not a necessary step but it helps in the process. I have found that the best way to peel them is not to peel them by hand the way most kids do. (you'll be there forever) The way I peeled them is to simply hold the crayon on the table. Then, using a razor blade, cut lengthwise down the crayon paper as if your cutting a hot dog. (or like disecting a frog in high school... ew, gross!)  


Once you pick at the label edge that you just cut, it peels away extremely easy (especially if they're new. Older ones may stick. That's when you need to throw them away because it's just not worth it.)

Then, once you have all your crayons separated, choose about 3-5 colors. (such as blue, green and yellow or pink, red, black and white) Your combos are going to blend better aesthetically, with certain colors than others. But technically, there really are no rules.  



Break each crayon into about 4-5 pieces and randomly place them in the mold (preferrably silicone) or muffin tin. Make various combinations in each tin. As you see in the picture, I used a silicone star and moon mold  about 5'' in diameter that were for mini-cakes. (in pic above) So if your lucky enough to find a star mold, (Get it? Lucky... Star...? nevermind) anyway, as I said if you found a star mold, place 5 complimentary colors in each peak of the star.


Next, once the oven is preheated, put the muffin pan in and immediately turn the oven off.


Keep an eye on it and it should take about 15-20 minutes for the crayons to melt flat in the molds without being bumpy.


Once they're done, remove them and place the muffin pan flat in the freezer. Make sure you have previously cleared a good flat surface in the freezer. If they are slightly crooked, they won't come out right. While they're in there, if you have another mold you can do another set. That's what I did and it worked real well because they're was no wait time and furthermore no time to get impatient about each step.


Once the crayons have been in there for about 20-30 minutes you can remove them. It's just like removing ice. If you're using a silicone mold, the mold peels away very easy. Just empty them onto a flat towel on the counter and let the condensation dry. If you're using the tin mold, they should be dumped right onto a towel on the counter. 


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     And that's about it!! Test 'em out... they work great! Please let me know how you did and send comments or pics... 

It make me smile!


 

 

Categories: kid's projects, in the kitchen, color

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