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I can’t even begin to find links to the number of posts I’ve seen about making crayons with the little bits and pieces that seem to multiply like rabbits in our crayon bowls and boxes.  I wish I would have though, because there might have been a step or two that would have made mine turn out better. 

Don’t get me wrong, they’re crayons, they write, they’re shaped like hearts-Valentine’s Day is coming up, and most importantly the kids loved making them and enjoy using them!  But there was a definite learning curve.  Want to give it a try?

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So how did we do it? 

We literally just broke up the crappy crayons in the bottom of our bowl.  Then we crammed them into the $1 heart silicone? molds I got at the Target bargain bins. ( They were marked as ice cube trays but-YAY-they didn’t melt in the oven so I say go with it!)  We put the filled molds onto a baking sheet and stuck them in the oven. 

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I had preheated the oven at 200 degrees and put the timer on 20 minutes.  They weren’t done so…from that point on I checked them every five minutes by taking a toothpick and swirling it through the melted wax; feeling for the whole chunks still left in the middle of the molds.  I think it took about 35 minutes altogether.

We let them dry overnight and in the morning popped them all out, started laying them out, and admired their colorfulness!

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However, here’s my top three tips/warnings on making yours better!

  1. Not all crayons are created equal.  I think mixing in restaurant ones with good ole Crayola and RoseArt  just didn’t create a nice smooth crayon.  When you go to write with them they ‘stutter’, if that makes sense to anyone other than me.
  2. Spray the mold?  I don’t know if this would work but it would be nice if it did.  Ours took a bit of bending and working to get out of the molds.  Plus it’s a good thing I only paid a $1 for them because they are completely stained and crayonized.
  3. Ugh…this is kind of a repeat of #1 but it is important.  Parts of ours leave marks on your hands when you use them.  Ick.  I’m pretty sure that has to do with the varying degrees of crayon quality.

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