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Christmas Crayon DIY

3rd December 2016
christmas crayon DIY / tutorial

 

If you have a toddler like mine – who likes to join her sister colouring in but is also going through the destructive phase – then you probably have a growing pile of broken crayons (the ones that haven’t been eaten). I’ve seen a lot of tutorials over the years showing how to melt down the bits of crayons to form new ones and that seemed like a great addition to the low cost / craft based advent thing I’m doing with the girls.

But, does it work? I’ve had a couple of goes now and now have 6 cute multicoloured Christmas crayons to pop into an advent bag! Here’s how I did it:

1 -Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees C.

2 – Chop the crayon bits down as small as possible. To be honest, I think I could have done with them being slightly smaller than in my photo, then I would have got more crayon in the mould.

3 – Add the chopped crayons to the mould – make sure that you have a heat proof one!* I used a Christmas chocolate making mould that is happy up to 200 degrees C. Star shapes would be good too and not just for Christmas. Avoid moulds with very thin parts as the crayon would break easily when used. Seren helped with this bit and we decided on multi-coloured crayons. I’ve seen others use just one colour or tone or you could go with Christmas colours only. 

4 – Place in the oven on a baking tray for 7 ish minutes (check after 5 minutes) until the crayons are melted. You might want to open a window too as this might all smell a bit.

5 – When all the crayon wax has melted, take out of the oven and leave to cool. Then, gently, gently ease the crayons out of the mould. I pulled back the edges of the mould first then gently pressed them upwards from the bottom. Some of the designs were quite robust but a couple of them broke when I was taking them out. So, I put them straight back in the oven to melt again.

6 – You’re all done and ready to colour in! I’ve popped mine into a bag for the girls to open later on in December.

* I did learn this the hard way – total Pinterest fail! I used a Christmas silicone ice cube tray the first time, assuming that it was heat proof. It most definitely was not, see below!

Oh dear! Let’s hope the rest of our Christmas crafting adventures are more successful.

This post was first published in December 2015. 

12 Comments

  • Reply Silly Mummy 4th December 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Great idea – I love them! Also love the pinterest fail – oops! #thelist
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    • Reply Sian 8th December 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply At home with Ruth 6th December 2015 at 8:08 am

    This is fab. Will definitely give it a go. Thanks for posting your Pintrest fail pic too, I would def have attempted to use our ‘star’ ice cube tray! #TheList
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    • Reply Sian 8th December 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Hahaha make sure it’s heat proof first!

  • Reply Carie 6th December 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Oh they would make great stocking stuffers wouldn’t they – and I did have a giggle at the pinterest fail – whoops!
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    • Reply Sian 8th December 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Yes definitely! I know, whoops indeed!

  • Reply Katie 7th December 2015 at 8:55 am

    This is amazing! Will make a point to remember it for when bubba is old enough!!
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    • Reply Sian 8th December 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Maybe when you’re surrounded by broken crayons it will jog your memory ha!

  • Reply You Baby Me Mummy 9th December 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Wow these are amazing! So clever! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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    • Reply Sian 9th December 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Hannah Parker 10th December 2015 at 11:41 am

    I would have TOTALLY done the same thing with the freezer trays, Sian! I’ve always loved the idea of these melted crayons but am yet to give it a go…they look so fab as an extra stocking filler, I might have to give this a try! Thanks for linking up for my last list! xxx #TheList
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    • Reply Sian 10th December 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Hahaha! Thank you & thanks for hosting for all these weeks. Merry Christmas!

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