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Our basement is a 70s era disaster but we’ve been working over the last year or so to get it picked up. We painted over Christmas break to lighten up the dark (gross) paneling and put some old furniture and toys down there to give the kids something to do while we worked on organizing. The kids get so excited to play down there even though our carpet is a horrifying shade of brown mixed with orange and creme “specs”.
A few weeks ago I told my daughter she could go down there and play with/color on a cardboard playhouse
we have down there. (If you do not have one of these, you are TOTALLY missing out!) She took all our crayons down there and decided to break every. single. crayon we own instead of coloring nicely.
#1- What makes a kid decide to do this?!
#2- What was I going to do with all these broken crayons (I HATE wasting things likes this)?
#3- What was she going to color with now because I am NOT buying new crayons.
Where does a Mom turn when she has questions like these? Pinterest DUH! And, as usual, Pinterest did not disappoint. We will make NEW crayons!
The first step to making our “new” crayons was to peel all the paper off the broken ones and weed out the “cheaper” crayons. Using Crayola brand only was a great suggestion from a friend – apparently the off brands don’t mix well and will cause your finished product to chip and break. We did have one of our new crayons break after cooling and I think it was because a knock off crayon made it in the batch.
Next preheat your oven to 275 and start loading your molds. Use silicone
molds that are approved for baking, your finished crayons will come out of these MUCH easier than a traditional pan. We lucked out and borrowed a
neighbor’s heart mold, then found a cute bunny one at a local craft
store. Our options were pretty limited but if you plan ahead, Amazon has
some absolutely ADORABLE molds. Here are a few of my favorites:
different shades of the SAME color (see our picture above). If you are
looking for a “filler” color, use white. If you mix too many colors
together you will get a nasty looking black/brown crayon whose only use will
be a stocking stuffer threat when your kids are naughty. But I wouldn’t
know anything about that. Another color tip- glitter crayons are the BOMB. They make your finished crayons look amazing so, if you have some, try and distribute them to as many of your cavities as you can (don’t load them up for one big glitter crayon).