Recycled Crayon Stars
October 17th, 2012
To quote my mom’s sister: “Esprit de corps has always run strong in our family, but at the holidays, it tends to run amok.”
I’ve thrown myself with gusto into preparations for our church holiday bazaar. I’ve helped prep spice mixes, hot-glued cork boards, created fabric wreaths, and stitched wall-hangings.
My current obsession is recycled crayon stars.
This project first came to my attention in February when Miss Mouse received a heart crayon on Valentine’s Day from a schoolmate. In thinking of “little noodgies” I could contribute to the church bazaar, I remembered and revived the idea. I think they’ll make terrific stocking stuffers.
Here’s how to make them.
Round up a passel of crayons. You can use old broken ones if you’ve got ’em but I wouldn’t be shy about popping to the dollar store, either. I picked up a pack of 64 for $1.75 and it supplemented my stash nicely.
Peel the wrappers off the crayons and break them into chunks (I broke each crayon into about four pieces). This is a great project for small helpers. Miss Mouse had a blast peeling, breaking, and sorting the crayons into their color families.
Preheat your oven to 275 and put a handful of the broken crayons into each section of a silicone baking mold. They come in about a zillion styles so don’t feel limited to stars! I ended up putting the equivalent of three crayons in each mold and that gave me a sturdy but not-too-thick finished product. I like to keep the color families similar to avoid producing muddy brown crayons. I also think they’re more likely to be used if they’re one basic color.
Stick the mold into the oven until the crayons melt. It took mine 12 minutes to fully liquify. Once the mold cools (stick it in the freezer if you’re antsy) the crayons pop right out. Voila!