Sunday, December 19, 2010

Homemade Crayons How To

1st, get a bucket of old crayons.
Thank you little 8 year olds for thinking that old crayons need to be rid of.

2nd, start peeling the crayons. Don't peel them when they are dry. It wasn't until after Jenna, Anna, and I had peeled 40 or so that I thought of a brilliant idea. Put the crayons in a bowl of warm water for 5 - 10 minutes, then try to peel. They come off much easier.

3rd, make a double boiler with a pot and tin can. Only put about an inch of water in the pot with the temperature on medium. Watch your crayons start to melt. Stir occasionally.

For the color, if you want a certain color, put the bulk of that crayon in when melting. For the green crayons, I did a mix of greens and blues. Like paint if you put black in and you want yellow, you probably won't get yellow. Makes sense right?

I thought it would be fun to do multi color, but it didn't work out. If you know how to do so, let a girl know.
4th, pour the melted crayons into a silicone mold or you can use a chocolate mold. Place in freezer (or outside if it is cold enough) for 5-10 minutes or until hardened.

Make sure it is hard enough. If it's too soft, the crayons will break apart when you take them out of the mold.
Ta-da, there's the finished product.

These are perfect for a Christmas gift for your little ones. In fact, I'm going to give these to my sweet Grade 2 kids.