this post isn't even a year old yet, but do you know that it only has appeared over at the paper mama for her 50 diy days of christmas? i thought it was a good time to pull this one out of the vault, in case like us you start christmas gift planning in october to help spread the pain of the rising costs of this holiday.
the best part is, it doesn't even have to be for christmas! these particular crayons we made went out as favors at rowan's fourth rainbow birthday party and once we melted them into hearts and gave them as part of some valentines! the possibilities are endless!
this is such a fun and easy project that event he kiddos can get involved, mine love helping peel and chop up the crayons! if you give amazon a little search you can find ton sand tons of fun silicone molds to use - i am headed there now to start dreaming up some gift ideas for this year!
1. Start collecting those crayons! You don’t want to skimp in this part, anything other that crayola just won’t work. I like to stock up when target has back to school and you can get all sizes of crayola at insane prices, like the smaller boxes for .10 – and what’s even better? Right after everyone is back in school and target clearances all of that stuff to cheap. So, there you have it…no excuses, this is a cheap craft I promise!
4. Sort those bad boys – now, this is all really up to you. You can go all out roy g biv in every mold or you can do like I like to do and separate the reds, yellows, oranges, ect into one group and the blues, greens, purples, and etc into another. Or if you really want to get crazy separate them out even more but I have found my way turns out pretty rad looking.
5. The mold – now the first time I did this project I used the very cheap-o heart ice trays from ikea. In the end these worked fine but I was on my toes the whole time watching the oven while they threatened to totally melt on me and when it came time to pull them out they didn’t let the new crayons go without a fight. So, moving on – I shopped from amazon.com this time around and wilton silicone star mold.
6. Now is where you preheat the oven to 350° and start placing your broken crayons into the mold (you didn’t hear it from me, but it may or may not make it even easier to pop these bad boys out later if you spray a very light layer of cooking spray first) and place your silicone mold onto a cookie sheet to provide a nice flat stable surface.