Go Crazy!

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Yesterday the kiddos and I sat down to make some crazy crayons. (Well, it started out as all of us, but it quickly became just me — go figure they wanted to play in their “fort” made of couch cushions rather than make crayons.)  Well I had fun.

If you’ve never made crazy crayons, you really should.  It uses up all of the broken bits of crayons to make one new one.  No wasted crayons!  Yay!

crazy crayons

They’re super easy to make.  First take off all the paper labels left on your bits (a box cutter or straight razor blade makes this part easy.)  Then organize your crayons into different color combinations.  I used a silicone muffin tray to bake mine in.  (I found mine in the cheap dollar section of Target for $2.50.)  You could also use an old muffin tin or ice cube mold.  I do like the silicone because the finished crayons easily pop right out.

crazy crayons

Once they’re all ready, place them in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes at 250 degrees F until they’re completely melted.

crazy crayons

Let them cool completely (about an hour – depending on the thickness) and let the kiddos color!
crazy crayons

Connor and Gwyneth came running over at this point when I took out the new crayons.  (The fort no longer held their interest!)

crazy crayons
crazy crayons
crazy crayons
5 Comments

5 Comments on Go Crazy!

  1. PootleFlump
    January 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM (7 years ago)

    Love that idea. Might try this next time my niece and nephew round p.s Your children so cute! x

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  2. vbrown
    January 27, 2011 at 11:51 PM (7 years ago)

    Such a fun idea and easy. I did this last Valentines Day with a heart shaped muffin tin. It turned out super cute. It’s a fun activity to do with the kids. Takes me back to the shrinkiedink days.

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  3. Kari Furnish
    January 30, 2011 at 10:02 PM (7 years ago)

    I also was told you could do this with the candy trays for fun shapes and designs. also i was told you can do this in a big long cookie sheet and then while they are still hot but cooled off a little put a cookie cutter and cut it. don’t take it out until it is completely cooled and then pop the extra around it and the shapes come out nice and clean. Do you know if you can do that or not?

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  4. Vanessa
    January 31, 2011 at 8:56 PM (7 years ago)

    @Kari – I’ve never tried either way you mentioned. I’m sure the candy trays would work, but I wouldn’t put them in the oven (I’d pour the melted crayon in). I’d be curious to know how well the cookie cutters work. Let me know if you try it.

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  5. Anonymous
    February 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM (6 years ago)

    Ikea has “stir stick” style ice trays! Basically they make long skinny ice cubes, are silicone, and only about a buck each! Another way to do this 🙂

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