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for crayon out loud

Molly’s school will be closed all next week for midterm break so we had to get her little Valentine treats ready before friday. Thankfully I didn’t have to make them for her entire class – she just wanted to give them to her ‘bestest’ school friends and playdates :)

Last weekend we gathered up all the bits of broken crayons around the house, and chopped up a few more to fill our silicon baking tray. Into the preheated oven we popped the tray and watched carefully as the crayons were ‘reborn’. Once out of the oven they only took a few minutes to cool and hardenĀ  – ready for M’s road test. She thought it was like colouring with a rainbow :)

I used the Happy Colour oliebollen printable mentioned earlier for the card, photoshopping Molly’s handwritten message into place instead of the message on the printable, and used little craft envelopes from the art & hobby shop to package each crayon.

Tip: only use bright crayons as the blacks and browns go all muddy.
I had seen instructions online to leave the crayons in the oven for 15mins at 230 – this did not work for me!! the wax got too hot in my nuclear reactor of an oven. We tried again at 200 for just 5mins and that worked perfectly. The main thing is to keep a very close eye on them and adjust to suit your own oven.

 

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8 Responses to “for crayon out loud”

  1. These are SO adorable!! What a great idea they look so professional all packaged up.

    I’m pinning! x

  2. Melanie says:

    Would it work to put in a regular heart metal pan like cupcakes? Should the pan be sprayed, or do they pop right out when cooled?

  3. Michelle says:

    Yes Melanie the metal pan will work just as well and I wouldn’t think you need to spray.

  4. Sarah says:

    My little sister loves cupcakes. so im gonna make the in cupcake trays. do you have to have certain crayons??

  5. Norma says:

    I did these this past weekend and they look great…however my silicone mold looks horrible. The crayon colors are etched inside the mold. How do I get these clean? Any ideas will help! Thanks!

  6. Meranda says:

    I want to do these for valentines day come 2015 (my daughter was born this year january so 2015 valentines day she will be just over a year and i think it would be awesome for her to do something like this.

    wondering before i buy the pan to make them… can you use a metal silicone pan? how do you get them out? and how do you prevent the mold from being ruined after? does the wax crayon wash out?

  7. Michelle says:

    Meranda I used a silicone muffin/cupcake tray to make them. They just ‘pop’ out of the silicone without any persuasion needed! and the silicone washed perfectly in the dishwasher, to be used again for edible stuff. The only thing you have to be careful is not letting the crayon melt burn in the oven as you will end up with a stinky oven and kitchen for a while.
    Michelle

  8. Meranda says:

    Awesome, thank you Michelle. How long And what temp did you use?

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