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Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Crayons

We are on a cleaning and de-cluttering spree over in this household. While going through our crafting supplies I noticed we had 2 containers full of broken, old crayons. By OLD, I mean some of these crayons are a good 20+ years old, and I'm not joking! They came from MY Nana's house. The crayons I colored with when I was little. Yeah, we don't throw anything away over here!

I have always wanted to melt down crayons to make big cool looking crayons, so I figured we would give it a try. I found a "recipe" here, and I actually went out and bought a Valentine themed cookie tin (mutli-functional, and used to make Valentine cookies too). I decided to use all the crayons on hand and buy him a new box of "big boy" crayons now that he has finally stopped breaking and eating them. Here are pictures of our project in action!

 
 

Ha, Ha, I just noticed Hubby sleeping on the couch in the last picture! Here are pictures of the finished product:

 

This is Logan's "Space Ship" color. 

We had a lot of fun making these. And the house didn't smell like something burning, like the hubby kept saying it was going to. They look nice, but they don't really function that well. I was hoping that we would have created  large enough crayons for Sophie to manuever with her little hands, which she can, but they only work when held at a certain angle. It seems that most of the wax floats to the top when melted.  Maybe from using cheap crayons? The wax part doesn't make a mark. Oh well, they will be perfect for rubbing creations.

7 comments:

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

I love this! It is so cool, what a great idea!

Carly said...

I saw this before somewhere. I want to make these. What temp did you set the oven at? Where did you find that tin? and how long did you cook them for?

Tracey said...

Carly- I got my tin(Wilton brand)at Joanne Fabrics, but I have seen it at Target and Walmart too. I set the oven for 250, and I think it took 5 minutes, but I'm not sure. You have to keep an eye on them and check every couple of minutes. I did a couple of batches and they were different times.

mom2three said...

I love love love this! I have containers full of broken crayons. Your little guy looks like he enjoyed this project very much!

Beccalynn said...

What a brilliant idea! That's so cute!!!

Momma Such said...

Those are so cool! Love the pics too! :)

Melissa said...

great idea!