Mess Around loves ‘Homemade Shaped Crayons’
“Everyone has a colourful life. You just have to get out your crayons” – Benay Nordby
We recently shared on our Mess Around South Yorkshire Facebook and Instagram pages that we’d been making some homemade shaped crayons and they were big hit, so thought we’d share how we made them so you can have a go at home too. They are super simple to make and Elliott loved helping to make them!
We had a box of cheap crayons from the pound shop, so just peeled off the paper wrappers from these and sorted into colours. Can also be a great way to upcycle and re-use up any broken bits / ends of used crayons you have at home too.
I would usually chop these into lots of small pieces with a sharp kitchen knife, but to let Elliott get more involved we decided to get out the tuff tray in the garden, gave him a rubber mallet and smash the crayons into pieces in a little bag. Not got a mallet, then a rolling pin would do the same job. As you can imagine he thought though was amazing fun.
We used a silicone mould as these are ok in the oven and are also easy to get the crayons out when ready, as the wax doesn’t stick and the mould is flexible. There are loads of amazing moulds you can get and are really cheap too. The Lego ones we used for this I got from ebay for a couple of pounds and we’ve used them to make all sorts of amazing things. But have also made them in a wide range of shaped ice cube moulds too.
We preheated the oven for 10 minutes while prepping to around 170-180c.
Once we had all our little pieces of wax ready, we started putting them into the moulds. We filled right to the top, as when the crayons melt they take up less space in the mould. Its great to experiment with multi-colour designs.
Then when filled we popped the crayons in the oven on a baking tray for around 10-15 minutes. Keep a watch over them though as don’t want to leave them too long – only until they are melted totally. Otherwise they can burn or get very smokey!
As soon as they were melted, we took them out of the oven to cool. As the crayons begun to harden and were cool enough to touch, we moved them to the freezer for 10-15 minutes to speed up the cooling process and makes them easier to pop out of the mould once totally cold.
And that’s it – ready to use or perhaps give as a gift. At Mess Around South Yorkshire we make a range of lovely homemade crayons as part of our Birthday Party Bags.
Look forward to seeing your colourful creations. Don’t forget to share to the facebook page!