Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Project #2: Homemade Crayons

Today is Monday October 12, 2009.

Today I made homemade crayons for part of my nephew's Christmas gifts. I first went to my favorite place... leftovers etc. and got a bunch of used crayons. While I was there I spotted some Christmas Candy molds. I was already borrowing candy molds from my sister, but when I spotted the Christmas ones at leftovers etc. it was pure coincidental magic.

I started off by peeling all of those darn crayons. I only used crayola, because I think they're the best.

I then went through the recycling bin and found a few soda cans. I cut the cans in half with a pair of scissors.

I broke up the peeled crayons and placed them into the cans by color.
All the colors will be melted together to make one color, so choose your crayons wisely.

I put them in the oven at 350 degrees. It took mine about 10 minutes to melt completely. I used 4-5 crayons in each can. You can use 2-3 crayons and it should only take about 5 minutes in the oven.

When I pulled them out of the oven I gave the cans a gentle shake to mix the colors properly. Then I poured the mixture into the candy molds. Some of them I poured a little too much and I have those long drip sections. That's okay because when it cools and you take them out of the mold those parts break off easily.
**When pouring I made a few layered crayons. I poured a little bit of one color, let cool, then poured more of another color to make layered crayons.

When the crayons have cooled completely. Turn the candy molds over and the crayons pop out!

Now I have fun festive crayons for my nephew's Christmas!

Here is a website I used to help me.

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