Making Crayons

Today, I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her
Monday Made It Series!



You've all seen this Pinterest pic or one like it, right? 


Well, I wanted to make fun crayons for my students, but my house plan is open, and my kitchen is small. Sooo, if I tried this, my entire living area would smell of melting wax. Hmm, what's a girl to do?


How about, I live in the hot, humid South, and it's summertime!!! I thought I would try a little outdoor experiment. 


Let me start from the beginning.
One of the rainy, last days of school, my sweet kiddos got busy sorting all the left over crayons.  This was AFTER they took home crayons for themselves! 


Once the crayons were sorted, the munchkins began tearing the paper off the crayons. I wish I had pics of these activities.


After the paper was off, the kiddos broke the crayons. This actually became a competition for some of them to see who could break them into the smallest pieces. Whatever works!






These are a few of the bags that came home with me.
And the experiment begins...
I waited for a 95 degree/heat index 100 day.

I found my holiday ice trays I'd been collecting for just this purpose. 


I placed bits of crayon in each individual section of the trays.
Then I set the trays outside on a black metal table,
 and I went back inside.
I checked on them about an hour later,
 and lo and behold, they had begun to melt!! 

I got so excited, I brought my jack-o-lantern ice trays out, too!

Before I knew it, I had all sorts of holiday trays full of melting crayons!
There are pink crayons on the bottom of the hearts. Fun!


Once they were completely melted, I took the crayons inside.
 
After about 10 minutes of cool time,
 I placed them in the freezer (another 10 minutes).
Then out of the freezer they came.

At first, I tried to pop them out immediately,
 but it worked better to let them sit for about 20 minutes or so.

I seriously screamed with joy when I saw them!
I love the hearts and stars!


 I was not happy with the way the jack-o-lanterns turned out.
You can't really see the faces so it makes it hard to tell what they are.
I'm going to melt them again!



A few tips:
1) If you want contrasting colors, place the lighter colors in first-   on the bottom of the tray.

2) If you want to speed up this process, place the trays on a cookie sheet and place in your car. Your car WILL smell of melted wax, so get ready.

3) The black metal table was hot and helped the melting process.

4) I found the star and heart ice trays at Dollar Tree in the seasonal items for 4th of July and Valentines.

Happy crayon making!!




















18 comments

  1. I'm going to have to try this! This would be a fun activity to do this summer during summer camp.


    Swimming Into Learning

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  2. They look great and I loved that you did them without using your oven! Smart cookie! Kids would love to do this as a last day activity provided the weather cooperated.

    Thanks for sharing. A must-do for me now!

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  3. How awesome those turned out and kudos to you for thinking about doing it outside!!! I'll have to try that here in Florida after this silly storm blows through:) Love those crayons so much....had I only thought to have my peeps do some peeling at the end of the school year too!! Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  4. I love that you melted the crayons outside! They turned out great!

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  5. Great idea!! I tried it in the oven once and it smelled so bad!!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  6. I've always wanted to try that project!! It looks like so much fun. They came out great!!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  7. What a great idea to melt them outside! They turned out great!

    Kara
    Spedventures

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  8. The crayons turned out really great!! Thanks for sharing this great idea!
    Connie:)
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  9. OMG. I'm so going to try this!!! I live in Florida, so Debbie won't allow me right now... but in a few days! yay! Thanks for sharing :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  11. Super awesome idea! I tried it long ago in the oven and it gives an unpleasant odor, so this is a great way to still get cute crayons.

    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  12. Uh!!! DUH!!! {this is what I'm telling myself!}
    I live in HOT HOT HOT ARIZONA!!
    I was thinking about making star shaped crayons for the beginning of the year gift... this is perfect!!!
    Just use my lovely sun! Thank you for the amazing idea!

    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  13. I lovethis idea. Not sure if it will get hot enough here but I can try.
    Thanks for the great idea!

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

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  14. That is so cool! When I was a classroom teacher I always hated throwing away the little bits and pieces of leftover crayons...
    Swersty’s Swap Shop

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  15. I made them for kids at Valentine's Day, they loved them. Our local Target has tikis right now.

    Terri
    1st Grade Princess

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  16. Hey Laura, ok temp will be 100 today. Crayons are going out! We need to use this heat for something! Great idea!

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  17. I have tried to make them in the oven before, but then I could only use oven safe trays. My mom gave me a ton of Jello trays, but they can't go in the oven.... .and I never even thought to do it outside! Genius! It's supposed to be 107 degrees here for the next two days- I might just have to try that!
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