How to Make Crafty Crayons
I don't know what your house is like when you celebrate Christmas with your family, but with our family, as soon as an adult says the words "Open presents!" it is IMMEDIATE chaos.
I think you get the picture, ha! Anyhoo, as soon as all seventeen nieces and nephews find out it's time to open presents, they immediately dig in. Wrapping paper flies, boxes are broken into, and gleeful faces fill the room and our cameras.
Secretly, or maybe NOT so secretly, I think we aunts/uncles/parents/grandparents in the room try to get the happiest kid with our reactions. And if your kids are like our kids, it's not always the most expensive present that gets the biggest reaction. Suffice it to say, Christmas and gift giving and all the fun that surrounds it really gets our creative juices flowing.
With that in mind, we're going to show you how to do a cute craft we did last week to make fun shaped crayons to gift to the tiny humans in our lives. These recycled, molded crayons are an easy DIY way to gift something personalized to each of your favorite kiddos. The hardest part of the project is choosing which silicone mold to use. We chose an alphabet mold to make their names in crayons (I mean, come on. What little kid isn't going to love that?!), but there are SO many options. Lego shapes, hearts, dinosaurs, unicorns. Anything goes!
So let's get this project started. Here's what you're going to need:
- a flat cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (aluminum foil is optional, but it will protect your cookie sheet from spills)
- silicone mold
- large box of crayons (doesn't matter what brand just use the same brand for each individual mold. Count out at least 3-4 crayons per letter you want to use.)
That's it. I love a craft with a short supply list.
1. To start, place your silicone mold on the cookie sheet and preheat your oven to about 230. Higher oven temps tend to give you a grainy final product.
2. Secondly, get your crayons ready. You have a couple of options here. One is to use brand new crayons, fresh out of the box, and unwrap them. It helps to soak them in water for a few minutes to soften the glue and paper. Or use a craft knife, razor blade or box cutter to cut through the paper to easily peel them wrapper from the crayons. If you're wanting to up-cycle some of the crayons that your kids are obviously done using, collect those and get the bits of paper off in the same way. Either way, make sure all crayons you use are the same brand. Different brands don't always meld together well.
3. Once your crayons are naked, start breaking them into pieces that will fit into the shape of your mold. This is where your creativity comes in. You can make solid colored molds or mix crayons together in the same mold for a little interest. Go ombre, contrasting, color blocking... what ever suits your mood. We like to use the color wheel as a guide to mix colors together that complement each other.
****Couple of tips for you at this point. You'll want to almost overfill the molds. The crayons tend to melt down and create a little more room than you think. Also, if you want more definition between colors that you're mixing in the mold, try to color-block and put several bits of the same color together before adding additional colors. Make sense?
4. Once you have all the molds filled, put your silicone molds on the cookie sheets into the oven for about 15-20 min or until all the crayons are melted. Pull the molds out and let them cool for 10 minutes, then stick them into the freezer for about 30 minutes until they're completely cool. If you pull them out of the mold before they are melded together completely, they will break... We know this because we had a few casualties...
Once cooled, pop the cute little crayons out, and package them up! That is if you can resist coloring with them yourself.
We hope your kids are as excited about these crayons as we are! We think that these crayon letters will be a fantastic addition to any stocking or stand alone present. Get those creative juices flowing this Christmas! Dont forget to tag us on IG if you make these. We want to see how well they turned out! @simplytoofers
If you need other ideas for stock stuffers, make sure and check out some of our faves.
Happy gifting, Mamas!