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If you have kiddos and those kiddos have crayons then they probably have a big pile of this:
While this pile isn’t particularly terrible, a crayon’s demise is a nightmare for many a mom. Normally those horrid bits wind up in the trash, but how about upcycling them and make “trash crayons”? Now crayons really don’t cost all that much to replace, but if you happen to have a silicone mold for crafting then you can save a couple of dollars by melting the junky bits and creating new crayons!
Strawberry Trash Crayons
Silicone strawberry mold
Chopped up crayon bits in complimentary colors (the equivalent of 4 crayons fills two strawberries)
Now let’s stop for a second and talk about the mold, when I bought my mold I didn’t read the description and I thought that it was silicone…it was actually firm plastic, so when I pulled it out of the oven it had started to melt. The mold that I linked to in the materials says that it is silicone and it says it can be heated to 440 Fahrenheit, but I am not 100% sure because I didn’t buy that particular one.
Preheat your oven to 350F. I chopped my crayons into coarse pieces with a serrated knife. Carefully fill your strawberries and gently tamp down. If you’re taking pictures of your filled pan, try not to get the camera strap caught on the pan and fling crayons everywhere, I won’t tell you why I am giving you this tid bit, just head the caution.
Place the silicone pan on top of a cookie sheet, you might also like to place a piece of parchment paper between your silicone pan and cookie sheet to prevent spillage on your nice pan. Set your pans in the oven and check them after about ten minutes – if they’re not completely melted give them another five minutes. Once melted, pull them out, but don’t be dismayed it’s going to look like the bits of crayon mixed together to create something awful looking. Let the crayons cool and set and when you pop them out you will see all the define bits on the front of the new crayon!
Now it’s time to color! If you already have a mold it saves a few dollars, but more than that it teaches the kiddos to be resourceful! These little crayons are perfect for gifting – just place a handful in a cellophane bag and give to your favorite little, these are also perfect for gifting with an adult coloring book!
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