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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.

Check out where I’ve LINKED THIS UP!

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  1. I still can't believe i haven't tried doing this yet!!

    Natasha xx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  2. Awesome,
    Thanks for the tips!
    Ana

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  3. This is one of those "I really want to try this" things that I have probably pinned on pinterest 100 times! THANKS for the reminder to DO IT! I LOVE how your turned out . . . and am so grateful for the pointers at the end of the post! COOL idea!

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  4. Hi! I made these and used all Crayola crayons and I put them in the oven for 20 - 25 min. at 230 degrees. I definitely think that the brand has a lot to do with it...they look great, though!

    http://blissimagesandbeyond.blogspot.com/2012/01/valentines-pinterest-inspired.html

    Erika

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  5. Nice!! I'll have to try this with my daughter!

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  6. I hope to do this with my kids for a Valentine's craft. We've always got loads of broken crayons just waiting to be melted. Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. I made marbled crayons this last weekend. I did mine at 275 for 6 to 8 minutes and they came out great. I also used Crayola. Check out the link.

    http://lnowak.blogspot.com/2012/01/marbled-crayons.html

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  8. Found you on Skip to my Lou. Such a fantastic post! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-6.html

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  9. In life there are some things you just can't compromise on. Hellman's mayo is one snd Crayola is another. When it comes to crayons nothing ever works as well as Crayola.

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  10. I made these with my kids a few days ago and they turned out great. I posted about it in my blog and linked back to you. Hope you don't mind :-)
    http://sunnystitching.blogspot.com/

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