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DIY Shaped Crayons

DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas

I love giving gifts.  Much to my husband’s chagrin, my generous spirit has often outweighed my budget.  A long time ago, long before I was married and had kids of my own, I started giving gifts to all the children in my life.  It started with just my nieces and nephews, and then, as a few of my friends started having children, the tradition started to spread.  Before I knew it, the list was very, very long.  This year I finally had to face the hard truth: it is simply too expensive to buy and send gifts to 30+ kids each year.

But I couldn’t bear the thought of doing nothing.

I decided to get crafty.

And happily for me I  a.) had a giant bucket of crayons and b.) just happened to have a star-shaped silicone mold leftover from a baby shower I threw 4 years ago.  Because the only thing better than really awesome crafts are really awesome crafts that don’t require a trip to the craft store!

DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds IdeasDIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds IdeasDIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
This was a great project to do with my four year old daughter Maggie.  She loved sorting the colors while I sliced each wrapper with an Exacto knive.  She would then peel off the papers.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds IdeasDIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds IdeasDIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
This was not, unfortunately, a good project to attempt with one year old Annie around.  She did nothing but try to eat the crayons.  All of them.  Repeatedly.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that in every picture she is holding (and trying to eat) a different color.  At the risk of sharing way too much information, she had some very colorful diapers for a few days.  Good thing they’re non-toxic.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
After peeling all the crayons, we then broke them into small pieces and sorted them by color in muffin tins.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds IdeasDIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
From there, we put them in the silicone mold and baked for about 20 minutes in a 250 degree oven, until all the wax was melted.  We then let it cool for about an hour (until hardened) before removing the new star-shaped crayons and repeating the process.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
We only had one mold, so we repeated the process many, many times over several days.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
When all the crayons were complete, we sorted them into sets of three and sealed them in cellophane bags, stapling them shut with 4×4″ squares of scrapbook paper (folded in half over the cellophane).
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I printed & cut labels, and then Princess glued them on.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
I then decided the crayon packets by themselves was kind of dull, so we made little coloring books to send along with them.  I make these little blank books for Maggie when I need to entertain her quietly for a while.  She loves drawing pictures on each page to make her own “story.”
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds IdeasDIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
Since I will be mailing most of them in small USPS flat rate boxes, I made the coloring books half-size.  I grabbed 6-8 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper, cut it in half (making each half 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″), then folded each stack in half to make 2 books.  I then cut a piece of scrapbook paper into two 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ pieces to make the cover and stapled it all together.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
We used the leftover pieces of scrapbook paper to make cute little labels, and Maggie again got busy gluing it all together.
DIY Shaped Crayons | Recycle Old Crayons | Crazy Crayons | DIY Crafts Ideas | Easy Handmade DIY Gifts | Crayon Molds Ideas
A little time-consuming, as far as projects go, but probably only because we made so many.  It was a lot of fun having Maggie help with everything and the crayons turned out so cute.  I hope they’re a hit!

 

23 Comments

  1. the all-around mom
    November 30 at 07:58PM

    wow, great gift idea1 thanks for sharing this and would probably try doing this for my kids and for giveaways, too.

    thanks for following my new blog! followed you back. 🙂

  2. Brittany
    November 30 at 10:48PM

    What a great idea! And how cool that you already had the supplies on hand. I might have to try that with my guys at some point. These would make awesome birthday party favors, too.

  3. Penny Hanuszak
    November 30 at 11:08PM

    Lovely little tutorial and such a great gift idea! You are indeed crafty and creative!

    Penny
    http://pennytokensstampinspot.blogspot.com

  4. Zombie Mom
    December 1 at 12:56AM

    Wow these are wonderful!

    I am so glad I visited! Thanks for the visit and follow at my site!

  5. Jamie
    December 1 at 03:06AM

    This is awesome!!! I would have never thought to do that. I found your blog, by my random blog hopping. I am super excited to have found you! I have a couple of blogs…let me know if you have trouble finding them…

  6. Courtney
    December 1 at 04:26AM

    You constantly amaze me…what a GREAT idea!! I will definitely be doing this with my own "Princess" – who is actually more like "Trouble" 😉

  7. Blogger Broadcast
    December 1 at 05:38AM

    I like it! I have so many broken crayons that would be perfect for this project, now I just have to get the molds. 🙂
    I am a new follower, thanks for stopping by bloggerbroadcast.com

  8. Kim
    December 1 at 06:13AM

    We've done these before, but have never thought to give them as gifts. Your wrapping and presentation is genius. Great job, and thanks!

  9. August 5 at 02:09PM

    I love this idea! I can’t tell you how many crayons I have tossed because they were boken into itty bitty pieces. I cant wait to get a silicone mold and try this out!

  10. February 20 at 03:02PM

    This is great! Love the handmade gift idea, and how fun for use around home too! tfs

  11. Mary
    March 21 at 02:31AM

    Wow, this looks great! I’m thinking of having my 2yo and 4yo help me make these for birthday party favors. Since the crayons are stiff when cool, was it difficult to get them out of the molds? I’ve never used silicone molds before, but found some pretty interesting shapes online. Thanks!

  12. Danielle Ighemat
    January 17 at 08:20AM

    I made these and it was a GREAT project for my 4 and 6 year old but how do you get the wax out of the silicone mold once you are done?

  13. Jessica
    June 6 at 11:52AM

    How would you sell a bag? 🙂

    Thanks

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