Occasionally I like to post fun ideas for kids. This time I was looking for something easy to make for my girls to take to daycare for their friends. I found this idea online of course. You can use any silicone mold you like. They come in various shapes. I happened to have mini muffin silicone molds already and I wasn't using them for muffins so they worked out perfectly for this project. Apparently this also works with mini metal cake molds but I haven't tried that.
I packaged the crayons in little baggies with a mini candy cane and a note saying Merry Christmas. I forgot to take pictures of the finished bag. Oops. My note also included a line which states that these are crayons so please don't eat them. I put them in the kids' cubbies so the parents could see them first and read the note. You never know with these little ones, they might think these are made of chocolate.
This is also a great way to use up broken crayons. I used new ones though. You can use any brand you like. The first night I had 5 boxes of 24 crayons (the Wal-Mart brand). If you do the math, that totals 120 crayons. Each mold took 2 1/2 crayons so I ended up with 48 crayons. The second night I used a combination of Disney crayons and Crayola. The Crayola were the hardest to peel (without a blade). Their paper is like construction paper and rips too easily but not in a good way.
Also, when you go to restaurants, bring home the crayons that they give the kids and start a collection. When you have enough, break them up and make these! The restaurant will only throw them away anyway.
What you need
Preheat the oven to 225F.
Remove the paper from the crayons. I sliced a line from top to bottom with a blade. It was 100 times easier but be careful!! The blade is very sharp, if you're working too fast or not paying attention you might slice your finger off! Or you could just peel them but it takes much longer.
Break the crayons into pieces. I was able to break mine into 4 or 5 pieces.
Place the broken pieces into the molds filling them at least half way up. Try not to have any crayons hanging over the edge, you don't want them dripping over when they melt. You can match colours or get totally wacky.
Bake the crayons for about 15 minutes or until they're completely melted. Remove them from the oven. You can put them in the freezer if you have room but it's really cold here right now (since it's winter and all) so I put mine outside and they were hard in less than 10 minutes.
Pop them out of the mold and repeat the process until all the crayons are used up.
Check these out. I got the idea from these blogs.
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