Melting crayons down into new shapes to use as crayons again is just brilliant. I saw this idea on Pinterest a while back, and loved it! So, I started saving bits of crayons. In fact, the savings jar I used is from one of my candles & inspired my cover photo for my Candles page on Facebook! It’s a pretty collection.
Well, the time has come, the stars have aligned, and my first silicone mold came in the mail.
How did I do it?
- Cut up and sorted out the crayons.
- Stacked them into the silicone mold.
- Put assembled mold into the microwave, 10 minutes @ 90% power (leave the tray rotating).
- Left the melted crayons in the microwave for probably half an hour when they finished cooking. I don’t know how long it takes to cool them down enough to move. I got distracted into other tasks.
- When they cooled to solid form, I place the mold/crayons in the freezer for about 5 minutes to help pop them from the mold.
- I stretched and pulled and pushed the dinosaur crayons out of the mold, one by one.
- I guess I put a brown crayon in with the purple, and I learned that the brown was definitely less dense. It cooled in a single layer on top of the purple.
- White took the longest to melt.
- I’m the one that wanted the colors sorted out, but their favorite coloring dino is, by far, the mixed up one.
- Wax paper in the microwave was unnecessary and made for a bit of a mess because the paper melted on to the glass tray. Just put the mold straight in.
*Parchment paper was suggested by one of my friends – might have to try that for next time.