This is hardly an original idea… you can easily find images of recycled crayons that have been melted into a new shape. But what you don’t always find is exactly how to do it, and all of the top tips that can help along the way! Well look no further! (Except maybe down the page a little bit, hehe!) We need some colour in our lives!
You could do this to encourage your children to use crayons more. For some reason, maybe your kid isn’t in creyons yet, until they became star shaped!! Give it a try! These would make the perfect gift or party-bag filler and could also be great for seasonal things like Easter egg shaped crayons or Christmas tree crayons! Here’s what you could do for a children’s party:
Top tip #1: Use a deep, oven-proof mould
I came across this silicone mould in a local craft store, in the sale… for £1. Bargain!! It’s deep enough so that I can pile broken pieces of crayon on top (they soon melt down to around half the height!) and can make 10 gorgeous star-shaped crayons at a time.
Top tip #2: Thin crayons break easier!
Crayons are fairly easy to break, but the thinner the crayon, the quicker it will melt and the easier it will be to break it into smaller chunks.
Top tip #3: Colour co-ordinate
As gorgeous as a completely multi-coloured crayon would be, it’s going to be pretty useless for any actual colouring in! So limit multi-coloured crayons and stick with a colour scheme of one or two colours per newly melted crayon. Go with the rainbow tones, to ensure that using the new crayons will be fun and easy! Try using two parts of orange, for example, and one part yellow.
Good Colour Combinations
- red + orange
- orange + yellow
- green + blue
- blue + deep purple
- deep purple + lilac
- purple + pink
- skin tone colours work well mixed into one crayon
- White should be left by itself
You could contrast the colours, too:
- black and orange (melt and cool the black first. Once it’s totally cooled, melt the orange separately and carefully pour it onto the black, to create an orange base!)
- Blue and orange
- Red and pink
You could even create some striped flag colours, using the technique mentioned above for black and orange!
What to do
1. Grab your crayons! They’ll need to be broken into small pieces.
2. Choose your colour combinations – remember to limit them to two or three, to make them usable! Your little one might be able to help you with this – you could even turn it into a colour sorting activity!
3. Stack up the pieces in your oven-proof moulds. They’ll need to go a little above the top, because they melt down more than you’d think!
4. Put the mould on a baking tray and pop it into your oven at 120 degrees C (which is around 250 F,) for 15 minutes.
5. Pop any air bubbles and stir in any slightly less melted parts, using a cocktail stick (this swirls the colour too, so take care if that’s not the look you’re going for!)
6. Allow them to cool and harden for a few hours. If you try speeding up the cooling process, they may crack, so just be patient.
7. Pop the crayons out of the mould. If you want a neat base, then keep them in the mould, melt a little more wax using the same method, then carefully pour over the set crayons in the mould. Once that has cooled and totally hardened, then pop them out.
Ta da! You now have some shiny new crayons!
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