This craft project has everything…few supplies, pretty colors, destruction (which is fun for boys), requires no skill, produces something really pretty, and the best part – requires little parent supervision. As the parent, you have to turn on the oven and take the crayons in and out of it, but other than that, the kids can do all by themselves. Your welcome, you just got a couple of hours back.
- Old crayons
- Baking Parchment
- Star of David or other mold, either silicone or metal (at your local Judaica store or here on Amazon)
- Baking tray big enough to hold mold
- Knife and cutting board (optional)
the mold can be washed and used for other purposes again the mold will be ruined, many crayons are made with beef tallow so consider that when choosing the work surface (I covered mine with parchment) and whether you want to use the mold again and for what purpose.
- Preheat the oven to 230 F
- Prepare work surface by spreading baking parchment to cover. This will protect your surface from bits of crayon and will make clean up a breeze.
- Peel paper wrapping paper from crayons and break into small pieces. You can use a knife and cutting board if you want to be involved, but otherwise the kids can do this themselves.
- Place pieces in mold, slightly mounded, keeping some pieces in reserve for topping up later.
- Place baking parchment on baking tray for protection. Place mold on tray.
- Place mold in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until melted.
- Remove mold from oven and top up with crayons carefully, again until slightly mounded.
- Bake for another 15 minutes or until fully melted.
- Let cool completely before removing crayons carefully from mold.
Here is what the key parts of the process look like. Before placing in the oven, the crayons are heaped slightly into the mold…
It is important to watch the oven carefully to see the exact moment when they start melting. Keep watching while mommy takes a nap…
After topping off and baking completely…
Let the mold cool completely then remove carefully. Voila!
And here is the best part…you didn’t just “ruin” crayons…they are still crayons! You can continue to color with them and when used flat, they now have a multi-color effect.
This craft project makes great gifts for almost any occasion. You could do red, white and blue ones for the Fourth, blue and white ones for Yom Ha’atzmaut, blue and gold for Hanukkah, reds and browns for Rosh Hashanah. It is a great gifting craft.