Friday, June 22, 2012

Crazy, Happy, Crayons!

 What do you do with a couple of bored little girls when it is 90+ degrees outside and the pool is not an option?

You make crazy crayons!!  We started by digging through our crayon bucket and gathered lots of broken crayons (a lot of yellow, brown and red it seemed).

Then you break those crayons up into tiny pieces (I helped and used a kitchen knife - it was not difficult) and place them in mini cake tins.  We only had a heart shaped one but you can get stars, circles and more at your local craft store. 

Once you have chosen your color combinations and put all of your crayon pieces in the tins, put them in a 170 to a 200 degree oven (temperature depends on your oven - experiment) for about twenty minutes...

When they have all melted take them out of the oven and allow to completely cool. They should pop right out when cool. You can also place the cooled tin in the freezer for about two minutes - this will help the wax to pull away from the side of the tin.

The next step it to use them!!!  Go create some wild and crazy things:)  This little project kept my girls busy all afternoon.  The only part that they got frustrated with was peeling the paper off of the crayons.  Some of the crayon's paper was difficult to get off.  But all in all they loved this.  I had fun too:)  So what do you do when you are bored?


Suzanne said...

Such a fun idea! And the "new" crayons turned out so cool! :)
Love your blog banner, very cute.

Heather said...

this looks pretty neat! Might have to try this...its gonna be 105 here tomorrow, we could just melt them on the porch, lol!~

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This has brightened my day! Never have thought in that way before! I really appreciate you for posting such a nice and useful post.

Jenny Petricek said...

Such an adorable activity! I also never heard of this method of melting down crayons to create new ones! The hearts are so cute!:-)

We, too, here in Wisconsin are suffering through some terrible temps this week; today we have a heat index over 100 degrees. Needless to say, today's an inside day for me as well!