It is full on party count down at my house. Penelope will be ONE on November 11th. INSANE.
I have been practicing baking for months and have slowly started making all the party decorations including these Recycled Crayon Party Favors. I figured I could wait till after her party and do one ginormous birthday blog post or post as I go along.
First, take the paper off all the crayons. This part is a BITCH. Half way through, I started using an utility knife to cut a slit down the crayon and open them that way. Much easier, but still pretty annoying.
Then if you are a bit OCD like me, line them up in a pretty color combination and admire your hard work.
Then break them up into pieces and drop them into your mold. I used a flower shaped cupcake pan that I bought at Pampered Chef party years ago. The crayon does not come out! So whatever you use, you will be regulating the pan’s future only to crayon making. There are all kinds of cheap plastic molds you can get at the craft store instead.
I did three color combos; red, oranges and yellows, then blues and greens, and lastly blues and purples.
You bake them in the oven at 275 for about 10 minutes. But just watch them, the second they are all melted take them out to start cooling. The more they melt in the oven, the less the color swirls will be. And do not mix them with a stick while in the oven, it makes the swirls less as well (learned from experience, trust me).
Here is another tutorial on how do this a slightly different way.
It’s a great way to make use of old, broken crayons. For the sake of full disclosure, I used half old, broken crayons and half new crayons that I scored at Target for $1.