Thursday, August 18, 2011

Butterfly Crayons out of broken pieces

I told ya, I am being super crafy for the birthday party. A lot of the ideas were suposed to done last year, but Cora's party was cancelled. So, I have been wanting to do the crayon craft for a LONG time.

I am claiming that these are made from broken crayon pieces, but truth be told, I bought them last year when the 24 packs were on sale for $0.25 a box. I probably broke up about 6 boxes, have 12 cut out already, and will still probably get another 10-12.

It is not hard to do, just kinda time consuming. Basically, you break and melt crayons, wait a bit to cool, then use a cookie cutter make shapes.

But, here are some "tips"

  • Peeling the wrappers off of crayons is a total PIA, I got the tip to use a knife and score down the side. The wrapper come right off. MUCH faster.

  • I separated the crayons in like colors. All the red, orange, pink, peach, etc in one batch, and then the blue, green, purple, yellow in another. Oh, and then the random colors in another (brown, black, white, grey). You don't have to do it this way, do it YOUR way :)

  • I used disposable trays, thought this was easier. I used the same one on round two, but must have had a small hole in the pan - it dripped all over my oven. oops. I then put the tray on a cookie sheet (you can see my mistake below)

  • I sprayed the pans with cooking spray, no real reason other than I figured, "why not"

  • After breaking the crayons, I put them in a sandwich size ziploc bag (until I could melt them), and it turned out that that was a great amount to fill my (probably) 9X13 pan. I just covered the bottom of the pan in a single layer. It does not have to be deep.

  • I put my oven on 300 degrees and then kept the light on to figure out how much time

  • It took longer than I thought - each batch took about 17 minutes to melt down

  • After taking the wax out of the oven, let it sit for about 5-7 minutes. Enough that it is still soft.

  • Take a METAL cookie cutter in whatever shape you want. Really press and wiggle a little to make sure to get a nice cut-out

  • Wait a few more minutes (maybe 2-3) and then push up on the bottom of the pan and pull out the shapes. I used a disposable pan, you obviously can not put on the bottom of a non-disposable pan lol

  • I had a lot of "waste" but I will use that for more crayons.

Over all, I think they came out really cute. They will go into goodie bags, but I was concerned that someone would eat them. So, I made up this little poem:

They look so cool
They look so neat
But, these are crayons
So, please DON'T eat!

And, here are some pictures for your enjoyment :)


Jackie said...

These look so neat Amy! I think you should link them up w/some of the crafty sites! (tatertots & jello for example)
I might ask for your expertise in Jan for Maeve's b-day!

Kristen said...

What a neat idea, A! I hope I can remember this years down the road when it is time to hold my own childs' birthday party!

Tiffany said...

These look great. About how many crayons did you use approximately?

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