Tuesday, June 24, 2008

d.i.y. project: recycled crayon shapes

Crayons, made from paraffin (a waxy substance derived from wood, coal, or petroleum) were already produced commercially by 1867. The paraffin is mixed with various chemical pigments.

Inevitably, children's crayons get broken or are used down to the nub. A wonderful DIY project to make for children or with them is a re-melted crayon with a whole new shape. Ingredients like glitter and scents can also be added when they are re-melted, giving the sad nubs a new lease on life. I have seen alot of re-melted crayons, but this Crayon Fawn is absolutely lovely.

To make your own-You will need:
A bunch of old crayons, wrappers removed, cut into pea size chunks
Candy molds, muffin tins, silcon molds or tin foil baking cups
Aluminum foil wrapped under tin, to prevent accidental spilling in oven

Optional: glitter, scent

1. Have an adult to preheat the oven to 150°.
2. Place your crayon pieces in the tins in interesting color combinations. Try different mixtures, but remember all colors together=brown. Similair colors together look best.
3. Sprinkle glitter sparkles and/or scent into tins.
4. Put them in the oven and watch closely during melting process. 15-20 minutes should be sufficient. If you turn the temperature up too high the wax may overheat and smoke.
5. Remove molds from oven to cool- and if you like place them in the freezer to speed up the process.
6. After crayons have cooled remove them from molds

Crayons may also me melted by constructing an ad-hock double boiler consisting of a frying pan filled with water and many small jars in the water. (Heat should be on low and water 1/2 way up the jars. Place combinations or single colors of crayons chunks in each jar and stir with a skewer or pencil. Once melted, pour into molds. With this method you can create color layers by pouring in a small amount allowing it to cool and adding the next color, repeating until full.

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Anonymous Eco Friendly said...

Great post, thanks for the info!

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Green Shopping said...

It’s my first time on your blog and I will be returning and subscribing!

6:17 AM  
Blogger hautenature* said...

Thanks so much for saying that, please pass the word along.

3:07 PM  
Blogger andrea of ffft said...

A friend of mine used to make these candles for his kids that were layers of white parafin wax and he just tossed the crayon nibs into the mold randomly as each layer was cooling so that the candle was normal till it hit a crayon piece then it would be like purple lava when it poured down the sides. It was quite pretty actually, as crayon wax melts differently than the white, thicker. I was a lot of fun!

9:14 PM  

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