This week I had the great idea to finally make crayons. I had previously purchased a heart shaped ice cube tray from Ikea for this purpose. Today Little Monkey is going to a birthday party for one of his friends, so we decided to make her some heart shaped crayons and special note cards with her name and some cute graphics on them.
The crayons turned out rather well and we made a bunch! I only broke a couple trying to get them out of the mold. Here is the process of making the crayons. We started by pulling out all the broken crayons, as well as some other random ones that didn’t fit into Little Monkey’s crayons box. I removed all the wrapping from the crayons and broke them up even more. We separated them into colors and then put them in the mold.
Next, we stuck them in the oven for awhile until we noticed that all the crayons had melted. I put the tray inside another baking dish to help with moving it around. (The tray was silicone…and they tend to be a little floppy sometimes.) After the crayons had melted, we stuck them in the freezer to speed up the hardening process.
I popped them out of the mold and then we started the entire process all over again. I plan to do this again with new molds that I got at the dollar store today (Christmas trees and stars).
To complete our gift for the birthday girl, we put all the crayons in a small box. We added her name to the front of the box and made some note cards for her to color on. Each piece of paper has her name at the top and graphics on either side. We made four different varieties. I hope that the birthday girl likes her new set of crayons and note cards. Little Monkey even helped out with sorting the crayons and putting them into the mold.