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Project

Crazy Crayons

Introduction

Heat makes a crayon a little loopy; it may melt into a swirl or pool into a whirl. With this in mind, we chopped up crayons and baked them in shaped mini cake tins, making large blocks that are easy for toddlers to hold and will surely inspire older artists. Encourage kids to come up with combinations: A blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky, for example, and a mix of reds and oranges for sunsets.

Materials

  • Kitchen knife
  • Old crayons
  • Mini-cake tins (we used pans with heart- and circle-shaped pockets)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Parents can use the knife to chop crayons into pea-size pieces, taking care to keep colors separate so kids can combine them as they like.

  2. Step 2

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    Preheat the oven to 150 degrees while children fill the tin with crayon pieces, arranging them in interesting designs.

  3. Step 3

    Bake just until the waxes have melted, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove the shapes after they have cooled. If they stick, place tray in the freezer for an hour, and the crayons will pop out.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 5 2002

Reviews (48)

  • ahassenteuffel 6 Dec, 2013

    FABULOUS IDEA! I made a bunch of these to give to children at Christmas time. Great addition to a stocking!

  • rebeccapm 13 Feb, 2013

    Use a Wilton cookie mold pan to get detail on the crayons and add some metallic or glitter crayon pieces for interesting effects.

  • MommyofBubba 21 Jan, 2012

    What a great idea, just did this for a bunch of 1st graders, add some glitter so much fun!!!!

  • mrspenny 10 Dec, 2011

    On another website they say that you should try candy or soap molds or line a tin with foil 1st to be easier to take out. Plus once you use a silicone mold it is harder to clean and you might not want to use it for food anymore.

  • NotaCoolMoMcom 9 Jun, 2010

    Great Recipe - check out video of the kids and I making them on NotaCoolMom.com!

  • pcalpo 11 Feb, 2010

    I'm having trouble getting the crayons to melt in the silicone one. Any suggestions? I've already baked them 20 minutes longer than I baked the tin pans.

  • aingael_mama 15 Jan, 2009

    Great idea about the garage sale.
    TIP! do NOT use crayola washable crayons!!! The washable component comes to the top of the wax when you are melting it and that colors invisible. I had to throw them out. But the crayons really do wash off the walls with a damp rag!!!!!

  • Coco27 30 Dec, 2008

    This is so fun and easy. I've made many different shapes.

  • Yarimilka 3 Nov, 2008

    This is the best on rainy days when there's nothing to do. My niece and baby sister make these and they color with them for hours! It's never been more fun to recycle.

  • craftymummum 25 Oct, 2008

    I make this for a Xmas gift for a grade 1 class, I make them in hearts, stars and circles.Wish there were more shapes to use. The kids just love them. It takes time removing all the paper. I go to garage sales to get some of the crayons. they're fun to do

  • lejeni 25 Oct, 2008

    fahrenheit

  • JanefromOz 24 Oct, 2008

    Is that 150 degrees celsius or fahrenheit??

  • craftymummum 24 Oct, 2008

    ,,,,,,,

  • craftymummum 24 Oct, 2008

    ,,,,,,,

  • henden 24 Oct, 2008

    be prepared for them to stick, I tried this once a few years ago and couldn't get them out...I scratched up my pan really badly and the hearts looked really shotty after trying to dig them out. Hopefully the freezing suggestion will help you out

  • lilbitinks 24 Oct, 2008

    thank u for this great idea, i have 2 grandaughters whom will be 3 next mont and i think they would love this for christmas,....thanks a bunch

  • Thaimom 24 Oct, 2008

    This sounds fanatistic! I'm really gonna try this one. Would anyone happen to have any ideas on what to do with short pencil colors?

  • yvonneshula 24 Oct, 2008

    I simply love it! I've to get a tray now :) Thanks for another really great idea.

  • Nayda 23 Oct, 2008

    another fascinating great idea! I don't have the pans but i'm going to get one right away!!

  • LouLou2007 23 Oct, 2008

    This is so totally kewl! I'm old and all my kids have been through Collage and all that stuff. My youngest is in the Marines [special services]. Anyway I never think of kids things and this is even exciting for me. I'm going to do it for my grand babies and for me too! ;)

  • hnanzetta 23 Oct, 2008

    These round crayon "cupcakes" would be perfect to use for rubbings of leaves and other things! In fact when I purchased a kit for doing rubbings, this is the shape the rubbing crayons came in.

  • NancyMcManus 23 Oct, 2008

    Very cute but more crafty than organizing

  • NancyMcManus 23 Oct, 2008

    Very cute but more crafty than organizing

  • NancyMcManus 23 Oct, 2008

    Very cute but more crafty than organizing

  • jenniferabney 23 Oct, 2008

    I have been making these for years. We make them for party favors with custom coloring pads in simple brown bags folded down at the top about 2", and then cut with decorative scissors, and tied with gingham ribbon. It is always a hit! Parents love taking these to dinner out with the kids. It gives them something to do.

  • jenniferabney 23 Oct, 2008

    I have been making these for years. We make them for party favors with custom coloring pads in simple brown bags folded down at the top about 2", and then cut with decorative scissors, and tied with gingham ribbon. It is always a hit! Parents love taking these to dinner out with the kids. It gives them something to do.

  • jenniferabney 23 Oct, 2008

    I have been making these for years. We make them for party favors with custom coloring pads in simple brown bags folded down at the top about 2", and then cut with decorative scissors, and tied with gingham ribbon. It is always a hit! Parents love taking these to dinner out with the kids. It gives them something to do.

  • Judylarie 23 Oct, 2008

    I did this with my kids who are now in their 30's and 20's but made it like a crayon. I am going to do this with my grandkids to make as a teacher gift.

  • Judylarie 23 Oct, 2008

    I did this with my kids who are now in their 30's and 20's but made it like a crayon. I am going to do this with my grandkids to make as a teacher gift.

  • autumnajohnson 23 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this this weekend. I was just recently thinking the little crayon pieces were going to have to be tossed out since my toddler tends to try to eat them

  • autumnajohnson 23 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this this weekend. I was just recently thinking the little crayon pieces were going to have to be tossed out since my toddler tends to try to eat them

  • autumnajohnson 23 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this this weekend. I was just recently thinking the little crayon pieces were going to have to be tossed out since my toddler tends to try to eat them

  • freakylizard 23 Oct, 2008

    This is such a great idea! I'm sure my son and I will have a great time doing this together.

  • autumnajohnson 23 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this this weekend. I was just recently thinking the little crayon pieces were going to have to be tossed out since my toddler tends to try to eat them

  • freakylizard 23 Oct, 2008

    This is such a great idea! I'm sure my son and I will have a great time doing this together.

  • freakylizard 23 Oct, 2008

    This is such a great idea! I'm sure my son and I will have a great time doing this together.

  • KarenShepard 23 Oct, 2008

    You can melt crayons in used paper cups in the microwave- start at 25 sec - until you can see that they have melted or softened. Take out right away, and let cool. Do not leave the room while doing this. Seeing flames in your microwave is disconcerting. Good crayons work best- not the cheap waxy ones with little color. Have done this for years. Kids love the process and the crayons.
    grandmere

  • karen4 23 Oct, 2008

    I use ice cube molds.. the plastic is a little thicker than candy molds. They hold the shapes better. I have an ice cube mold that I loved it is tubed shaped just like a crayon, but it has one flat side.

  • lucy_koch 23 Oct, 2008

    Has anybody tried this with candy molds (and the microwave, I'm guessing). There are a lot of great shapes and they are smaller than a metal tin would be. I'm thinking they would make great party favos for kids.

  • dbspoehel 23 Oct, 2008

    What a great idea. The larger shapes also makes it easier for small hands grasp so they are able to get in on the fun of coloring too. They don't necessarily care what color they are using, they just like seeing the color appear on the paper.

  • jeanettes 23 Oct, 2008

    My daughter and i made Christmas ornaments using this technique last year! Very cute. We warmed a hot nail and slipped it through the ornament for a hanger.

    We DID learn however, that you can NOT use cheap crayons for this ... the cheap ones dont melt well. Crayolas work the best

  • pelican66 23 Oct, 2008

    i did this with my nonstick mini muffin tins. worked like a charm! can do it with soap scraps too if you're of a mind to

  • michellewash 23 Oct, 2008

    Most crayons these days are washable. It would be fine to re-use the pan. However, I would think you could also use cupcake tins to do the job if your concerned.

  • susanova 23 Oct, 2008

    dollieself: I would think if you gave the pan a good wash, it would remove any residue from the crayons. Kids eat crayons all the time, so I don't think it would particularly make your pan unuseable.

  • ashala 23 Oct, 2008

    This is So cool!!! I used the silicone candy molds that I use only a few times a year and they work great! I let my 4 year old be the task leader for my 2-year old twins (boy and girl) and this way they are not tempted to eat them because they know that they are a craft and not food. But supervision is still a good idea with your little artists!!

  • dollieself 23 Oct, 2008

    Can the pan be reused for food after melting crayons in it?

  • drama_queen2788 26 Feb, 2008

    I did this with my mom's old crayons that her daycare kids mutalated...excepted we used the silicon cupcake molds and I found that it was easier to get out then the tin pans.

  • inneranomaly 27 Jan, 2008

    this was fun. my son has taken a liking to just breaking crayons (he's only 2), I find that it's difficult for him to color with the broken pieces, but don't want to waste the money on buying more crayons for him to break. This was super easy, and fun. I chopped up the crayons, baked them, and let the cool, they stuck so I did the freezer trick, and they're awesome. and they look pretty cool too!