Monday, April 29, 2019

Creative Crayon Creations

Do you enjoy a fun and relaxing craft that is not technical? In other words, how about a "craft" that is pretty foolproof and uncomplicated?

For several years now, one of the fun activities that I enjoy doing with my kids every so often is to create our own color combinations with crayons. It is a pretty simple process and the toughest element is just getting the paper wrappers off the crayons.

It is fun to begin by choosing a few color combinations and if you are using a miniature muffin tin, about three or four crayons per tin will be plenty. Choose your favorite color combos first:

Next: take the time to remove all of the paper wrapper and this is the most time consuming portion of the craft.

Once all the wrappers have been removed, it is great to chop the crayons into tiny pieces so that you can arrange them in the muffin tin for baking/melting. I do recommend to cut the crayons on a paper plate instead of a cutting board because I did permanently destroy a cutting board one time since the wax penetrates pretty deeply.

Once you have the bits of crayons chopped and ready to go in the muffin tin, just gently arrange them and fill the miniature muffin tins to the top with the crayon bits. One hint is that you want to make sure that your final crayons are thick enough that they will not break easily when you are using them to color. Therefore, filling up the muffin tins generously works well.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to the lowest setting or 200 degrees. I have found that about 20 minutes is long enough to melt the crayon pieces and then I simply shut off the oven and allow the melted crayons to set. Here they are still warm and not quite finished:

If possible, you can leave the crayons in the oven and just allow them to come to room temperature on their own. If you need the oven, you may gently remove the muffin tin and allow to cool on the counter. Wait a few hours before removing from the tins and they will just slide right out of the mold or muffin tin.
Finished product:

Have fun creating your own unique creations and starting your own DIY crayola tradition!

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