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May 20, 2011
Have you ever seen those cool, shaped crayons? Turns out, they are very simple to make, and make a great party favor! Read on to learn just how easy and affordable this recycled party favor idea really is.
To make recycled crayons, you will need: old crayon stubbs, a candy mold in the shape of your desired finished product, a microwave, and a microwavable cup.
For the stubbs, chances are you arleady have tons of crayon broken bits and pieces laying around the house. If you need lots, though, I found the moms in my neighborhood were MORE than happy to let me come clean out their crayon collections. Also, check with your kids' teachers. They usually have tons of leftovers around by the end of the school year.
Candy molds are also called chocolate molds and are sold at cake decorating supply stores, Michaels, and Amazon.com. You can get just about any design for $6 or less at Amazon, but I found tons of styles available at my local cake decorating supply shop for only $2.09 each. When you are done making crayons, you can wash your molds and have them around for chocolates or other candy-making. (Hmm...I sense a future blog post on chocolate making!)
Simply Swanky Sidenote: After completing this tutorial, I have two extra tips.
1. That cup with melted crayons is REALLY hard to wash. In the future, I might use a fast food drink cup that I can just throw away when I'm done.
2. Don't turn your back on your 4-year old and a pile of crayon nubbs. I will be needing a new photo backdrop before my next post. Mine now is decorated with a lovely picture of "mommy as an octopus." Lesson learned.
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