Crayons!

After seeing crayons on some of the craft blogs lately I decided to make some myself. I used the Handmade by Jill’s post as a starting point but changed my method from hers by the time I was done.

I don’t have a stock of old broken crayons on hand so first off was a trip to the dollar store for supplies. I picked up:
3 boxes of 48 crayons
2 packages of 4 tin serving bowls
1 half dozen muffin tin

I already had some things on hand:
Parchment paper
Disposable chop sticks
1 cookie sheet

Jill used a double boiler but I found that method to be messy and I didn’t like having all that boiling water on the stove with Mina running around. In the end I used my oven.

How I did it:
First sort the crayons into groups by colour and removed the paper
Bend a spout into the tin bowl and placed a group of crayons in it
Placed the bowl of crayons on piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet (the parchment paper is really optional, it just protects the cookie sheet)

Heat the oven to around 250°F (Temperature isn’t exact you just don’t want it too hot.)

Put the cookie sheet into the oven and wait for the crayons to melt. This may take a different amount of time depending on the heat of the oven and the composition of the crayons. They will need to be checked on to see how they are doing. I DO NOT recommend turning up the heat to speed things up, I found they started smelling really crayon-y and suspect that some of the oils and pigments could burn/discolour.

Once the crayon are melted use the chopsticks (or any stick type thing) to stir the melted crayons together making sure all the oils, waxes and pigments are mixed.
Using the bent spout pour the wax into the muffin tin (or any other mould).

Let cool. This can be done in open air or to speed things up in the freezer. Don’t worry about them sticking to the mould they get smaller as the cool and should just pop out.

Alternate Method

This is how we made them when I was a kid. They aren’t fully melted and use crayon chunks so you can have these great crayons made of multiple colours or shades! This is a great method that can involve kids and they can design and make their own crayons.

Put paper cup cake liners in muffin tins and add crayon chunks. Put in oven till mostly melted.


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