November 11, 2010

Get a little crafty: Crayon meltdown

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I saw this project over at Edie’s blog and really wanted to try it. I’m not much of a crafter, but I enjoy little (read: easy) projects from time to time. I’ve decided if I could train my dog to do crafts, my life would be complete. Until then, I’ll have to settle for his encouraging looks…or maybe that’s his way of saying “peanut butter? yes, please!” You can buy lots of these crayon re-melts on Etsy, but I thought I’d attempt to make some of my own.

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The mold is a Pampered Chef silicon muffin pan that I’ve only used once or twice. I broke a few crayons (this was hard for me!) and placed them in the wells. Then I popped them into a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes. They melted down nicely and after a couple of hours to cool them in the pan, slid right out.

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The finished product! These are mixtures of a couple of colors from the red family (carnation & salmon pink; red-violet, magenta, and carnation pink; and red, magenta & fuschia). I think little fingers could hold them quite easily for coloring and it’s definitely something I would have squealed over as a little child. What do you think? Cute or eh?

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When I tried them out in my Hello Kitty coloring book, the daisy shape worked the best…I think the roses are too thin. But it was a fun little craft and I already had the crayons so there was no money spent. Might this be a project you will try? Let us know what shapes you use!

21 comments:

  1. I have done this project before for my classroom. It is also fun to make a "crazy rainbow" color using many little crayon tidbits in one of the tins.

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  2. I love this! I didn't realize you could use the silicone pans with no problem. I used to do these in old muffin tins with all the leftover crayons I would find all around!

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  3. Good morning from Tokyo!

    What a fun~ad simple~project. My little guy colors a bit roughly and sometimes our crayons break. What a great solution for the broken bits!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Warmly,

    Elizabeth

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  4. That is a great idea! I usually have a bunch of broken crayons that I usually just throw away, but I feel so guilty about it!

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  5. awesome idea! I think they are really cute and I would also have squealed to receive them (or make them) as a kid. I think I may make some for my nieces/nephews for Christmas!!

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  6. I have a whole box of broken ones ready to go somewhere. DANG! Now I may have to rethink the whole "pitch them" idea! Very cute!

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  7. this project takes me back to the day we met during an encaustic painting class with sally crain-jager....where has the time gone?

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  8. I'll have to try this with John-Heath. I already know what his favorite part will be...the breaking of the crayons. :>)

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  9. I've never seen this down with shaped tins & I love the idea. I totally want to do this now. It would be cute to do a bunch of them and wrap them up cute for little ones.

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  10. My kids would LOVE this! How fun.

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  11. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, it made my day! :)

    This project looks really fun! The flowers are very pretty.

    www.a--style.blogspot.com

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  12. What a fun project! I bet it would really fun to do with children and let them join in the project and help pick color combinations (although that might result in slightly less professional looking project.)

    Yours are gorgeous! I wouldn't be able to bring myself to use them.

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  13. fun little project! I think if I had daughters I'd for sure try it but with just boys, nah, they don't care about flowers. Maybe other shapes though? I would however love to make some little soaps! or candles like that like

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  14. such a great idea!! i may have to try this with the little sister sometime soon!

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  15. I had no idea this was so easy to do! I have seen lots of different little shapes on Etsy, too. I can't imagine they'd be easy to color with, which is why I haven't ever bought or made any.

    Have a great weekend!

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  16. I say CUTE! You crack me up with the "Eh" option :D Good for you for trying!! XO

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  17. What an adorable project! If I had a little girl I'd be all over it!

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  18. Very creative! You make it look easy. Haha.

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