If you know me by now, you know I adore a good DIY. I am always looking for a reason to craft with Lennox and for his dinosaur-themed second birthday party in June, we did a lot of crafting. One of my favorite items that Lennox and I made for his birthday party was the dinosaur crayons for his goody bags. They were a hit, not only for the younger children but also for the older ones as well.
Lennox still draws with his crayons, but now that he is starting to play independently, he likes to use them as figurines as well. If you are interested in making your own crayons, it is a relatively simple process. It’s even simpler if you have the right tips. I made these crayons on two different occasions. The first time I experienced a lot of trial and errors. The second time, more experienced, I made a lot more crayons in a less amount of time. Read on to see my tips on how to make (dinosaur) melted crayons.
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Place all your crayons on a surface where you will do the molding. Take a sharp knife and carefully slice vertically along the crayon’s paper. You might be asking why use a knife instead of simply peeling? Peeling would be great if you only plan on molding a few crayons, however, after crayon number twenty (thirty minutes later), you’re going to be so frustrated trying to peel off the not-so-peelable paper and your nail beds are going to be throbbing. This was my first timer’s mistake my first go around.
Thank heavens for Carlos, the creative brain in the family, who laughed at my struggling efforts and helped me by using a sharp knife. We banged out the rest of the crayons in 10 minutes. Take my—well Carlos’— advice! See picture to the right (or above if you’re on a mobile =) to see how we cut the crayon’s paper.
Note: as I mentioned earlier, Lennox helped me make these crayons; however, he did not help me during step 1. Please keep the toddlers away from the sharp knives!
Preheat over to 250°.
Place your now peeled, whole crayons into a container. If you plan on mixing your colors, as in my photos, you can put them all into one bowl. If you want to make a unicolor crayon (not very ideal unless you buy multiple boxes of crayons) set them into different containers.
Another one of my first mistakes were breaking the crayons with my own hands. Now not only did I have pulsing nail beds from peeling off paper, but now I was cultivating callouses on my fingers. Oh Vey!
I decided to grab a pair of scissors, and after multiple attempts at cutting the crayons and them subsequently flying all around the room, I found a way to work in sync with the sissors. The trick is to firmly hold the crayon and place it at furthest end of the scissors opening. Then slowly apply pressure, and the crayon will start to break. Make sure to cut the crayons into small pieces, around ¼ of a inch, some even smaller for the tiny crevices of the mold.
Note: There will be crayon debris left over from the scissors, DO NOT disregard these debris. Use them to fill in any cracks in your mold, and give your crayons an extra tie-dye pop!
Place your broken crayons into a container so they don’t get everywhere as mine did.
Place crayons in mold
Here is where I invited Lennox to help me (now that are the weapons are out of reach). After making a couple of batches of crayons, the best way to get full crayons is to take your larger pieces and fill each mold as much as you can. Then, take the smaller pieces and fill in the empty spaces. Then, take your debris and fill in the nooks and crannies. Don’t worry about overfilling the molds, they will melt down.
In the picture above, I did not fill in all of the space and the crayons came out very thin. If that happens, no worries. You can add more crayons on top and re-melt them. However, if you follow my advice above, you will save yourself some time.
Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet. This is an important step that I regret not doing with my first batch because if your mold overflows, or if you get a shaky hand moment and your wax spills, you won’t have to worry about getting it off of your pan later.
Place your molds in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Then, check to see if your crayons have fully melted and are of liquid consistency. If so, remove them from the oven.
Let your crayons cool for several hours. The crayons will cool rather quickly, but don’t let that encourage you to remove them from the mold too soon. I made this mistake and had a couple of broken dinosaur-limbs. If you let them cool for several hours, don’t be afraid to push your mold and pop! Out will come your beautiful dinosaur crayon.
I know I’m making this sound like it’s some sort of rocket science, but it’s not. I simply want to offer my best advice that I learned from all of my trial and errors so that you can make your melted crayons with ease. They turned out way better than I expected, and the colors turned out super cool. There are so many different molds on Amazon that you could make crayons out of, and they would be a cute touch for many various celebrations.
Check out some other molds below:
Lorena & Lennox