Dinosaur Crayons

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.

Dino Crayons

How did I do it?

  1. Cut up and sorted out the crayons.
  2. Stacked them into the silicone mold.
  3. Put assembled mold into the microwave, 10 minutes @ 90% power (leave the tray rotating).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I stretched and pulled and pushed the dinosaur crayons out of the mold, one by one.

Notes:

  • 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.

One Reply to “Dinosaur Crayons”

  1. Just saw on Pinterest a helpful graphic that says to put them in the oven (on a cookie tray, which I would line in foil) for 230 degrees for 15 minutes. That sounds easier than the microwave!

    Note: The cute little dinos with the bulbous heads broke so easy! I’ll skip that section of the mold next time.

    Also note, this does NOT work with silicone ice cube trays – I know this sounds obvious, but I just wanted to throw that out there. OK – yes, I tried it! Happy? The kids weren’t! The silicone melted into the crayon wax and made a smelly, unusable mess!

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