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Doodle Cake Crayons
Making Crayons from Crayons
I have been wanting to make my own crayons for a long time.
I can't remember the first time I saw a recycled crayon project, but I know from that moment on I wanted to do it too. The idea was simple. All you needed was a muffin tin, some old crayons and a working oven.
Somehow I never got around to doing it though. The idea would pop up from time to time, then it would get pushed aside, still undone.
Then, one day, I saw the Doodle Cake Crayon maker by ALEX, and thought, its time to stop putting off this idea and go ahead to make some crayons!
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Doodle Cake Crayons - by ALEX Toys
Even though this craft kit says it is for children ages 6 and up, I bought it to do with my 3 year old son.
He didn't get to play with the hot toaster oven, of course, but he did get to help put the crayon bits into the mold, however he wanted to.
A fun craft kit, with parental supervision.
This Kit Includes
* A silicone baking mold (mine has been used prior to this picture)
* 8 pouches of colored crayon crumbles
* Plastic Spoon
* Paper doily (not shown in picture)
* Instruction sheet (not shone in picture)
The Silicone Mold is small. each piece of the cupcake is approx. 1 inch wide and 1/2 and inch deep.
And the top part and the bottom part of the crayons are NOT attached to each other.
So in the end you have 8 small crayons that can be stacked on top of each other to look like cute cupcakes when they are not being used.
As you can see, the crayon crumble packs that come with the kit are sort of small. I can't see them lasting for more than 3 or 4 crayon baking sessions.
Its easy enough to crumble up your own crayons though. This would be a great use for the broken crayons that are abandoned whenever a new pack is brought home.
Or, if you see a lot of crayon making in your future, you can buy a bulk pack of crayons!
How Does It Work
It is very simple.
The instructions recommend you use a toaster oven. Preheat the oven to 325.
While the oven is preheating you can fill your mold cavities with the crayon crumbles. A spoon is provided to do this with, though I found a spoonfull to be too much. Take small scoops at a time until they are full.
Put them in the oven and bake until the crayon bits are all melted and the wax is JUST starting to bubble.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Once the crayons have cooled, pop them out of the mold and start coloring!
The instructions told me to bake my crayons in a toaster oven preheated to 325 for 8 minutes, and to take them out when they began to bubble.
My crayons took 15 minutes at that temperature to melt and bubble, so keep an eye on them and time it to best fit YOUR oven!
Fresh Baked Cupcake Crayons
If cute little cupcakes are not your thing, you can use any bakeable silicone mold to make crayons with!
I want MORE!
This fun creative kit gave me a taste of crayon making, but did not satisfy the urge completly.
In fact, I want to make other crayons more than ever now. The cupcake molds, while cute, were too small. I want more room to mix colors, and bigger finished crayons better suited for toddler hands.
Stay tuned for more Crayon related lenses!
Do you like crayons? Do you like to color? What do you think about toys letting you make your own crayons?