I recently volunteered to bring an item for goodie bags since the local pre-school? was coming to visit our offices in March. My coworker suggested crayons. Now, if you’re a crafty person, it’s easy to see how you couldn’t fathom just BUYING something for these kids. I mean, come on; I know there’s a ton of crafts with crayons out there. So after asking if I could essentially play with them before the kids, I got my thumbs up and was ready to embark on my molded crazy crayons tutorial.
I forgot that these things never work out the way they do in my head. I craft the same way I cook, which means I take a general idea and then throw out the rules. After several… let’s say learning experiences I got these to work. This can be done with any mold you choose. However, I will tell you from experience that single-sided molds work best. Also, silicon molds make them easier and faster to remove.
This is a great idea for using up bits of leftover crayons, as well as party favors, stocking stuffers, and inappropriately shaped bridal shower gag gifts. It’s also worth it to note, if you decide to melt and pour your crayons the wax doesn’t melt at a high temperature. I got splashed in the face with wax – don’t ask- and found that out the hard way. So even if you make a mistake, you probably won’t end up in the hospital since it’s not melt your face hot. My egg mold for the melt and pour version used about 90 crayons, excluding the ones that WOULD NOT BEQUEATH THEIR WRAPPERS UNTO ME! Sorry. Still upset about that. They made 6 eggs. Kinda. For the baked version, I also used a brownie bite silicon mold. I used 288 crayons and it yielded 95. That’s just over 3 crayons per square. I also much prefer this method since it’s easier and less messy.
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Molded Mosaic Crayons Tutorial – Crazy Crayons
baking mold, soaking dish, crayons
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350F. Dump your crayons into a dish and fill with enough water to cover them. The paper should be loosened in a few minutes. Unwrap and save wrappers for a rainy day paper project.
Step 2: Snap or chop crayons to fit into molds. I just used my hands and let out some aggression. Make sure to fill the molds to the top, and remember that there’s all that dead space that will fill in when they melt. I liked to fill my molds by color family so they wouldn’t clash, but added enough different shades to make it interesting.
Step 3: Bake crayons until melted, about 15 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes or until they’re easy to handle. If you used a silicon mold, just pop them out. If you didn’t, try putting them in the freezer for a while if they’re difficult to remove. FYI, putting any wax covered object in the freezer is the easiest way to remove said wax without killing yourself.
Step 4: Go play.
Melt and Pour:
crayon mold, double boiler or pot and melting vessels, crayons, funnel optional, stirring implement optional
Step 1: Dump your crayons into a dish and fill with enough water to cover them. The paper should be loosened in a few minutes. Unwrap and save wrappers for a rainy day paper project. Snap or chop crayons into smaller pieces.
Step 2: Fill a pot or pan of water and set to medium on the stove. Fill your melting vessel with broken crayons. I used a glass jar and a tin can to melt mine. I recommend the tin can since they melted faster, were easier to handle, and are easier to come by. Also, I recommend having several cans so your colors don’t become too muddy. Stir if you need to.
Step 3: If you choose to, add a few broken but unmelted crayons to the molds for a fun shot of color. Then carefully pour melted crayons into the molds, filling to the top.
Step 4: Set aside for about 15 minutes or less if you put them in the refrigerator/freezer. Remove from molds and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks:
Removing the paper wrapper from the crayons: This was the single hardest part of this project. Peeling the paper off just wasn’t cutting it so: to the Google! Turns out, someone had already figured out how to solve this mystery.
There were some casualties to this. A lot of the time it wasn’t that the paper didn’t want to come off, but that the manufacturer got glue happy. I may have gotten a bit violent with these. I never said I was stable.
Dollar store crayons melt as easily as the the expensive ones, but they’re much easier to unwrap: Some of the Crayola crayons I bought were ensconced in enough glue to make this a very un-child-friendly activity if you’ve got a mouth as dirty as mine. The dollar store wrappers came off with no fuss so I could actually use them all. Thank you dollar store.
You will need more crayons than you think: This is especially true if you are using a larger mold like the eggs I did above. I would walk back over after a few minutes and notice that they had collapsed a bit. I think this might have been due to that tiny sliver of dead space in the middle of each crayon that would fill once the hot wax was poured over. Either way, be prepared with back ups.
Cleaning up is easy: Slide your utensils and melting cups in the freezer for a few minutes. Once the wax is frozen, it will separate easily from the utensils. This is another reason I like the baked version better – less supplies to clean.