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DIY Recycled Crayon Ornaments

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Shawna Chandler | 0 comments

They may be a bit hard to see on my crazy jumble of a tree but my daughter and I had a lot of fun turning old broken and unused crayons into Christmas tree ornaments.  This is just a variation of the many, many recycling crayon crafts that have been posted all over the web.  Here's what we did.

You'll need old crayons, cookie cutters, wax or parchment paper, a baking sheet, a knife and a something to create the hole to string them (we used a chop stick).
Preheat your oven to 250.  Line your baking sheet with wax paper and place the cookie cutters on top.  I opted not to use the bear and man cookie cutters because I thought they may be too hard to release the ornament but after doing this I think they would have worked just fine.

Spoon the broken crayons into the cookie cutters.   You should fill them about 1/4" or more and make sure to spread the crayon out to the sides.  Throw in some glitter if you're feeling extra festive;)
Pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes or so.  Make sure to check often as the melting happens quickly.

They're ready to take out when you can't see the individual pieces anymore.  As you can see some of the crayon leaks outside the cookie cutter but don't worry about that.  Now it's time to create your hole for hanging and remove the ornament from the mold.  Work fast because the window between too hot and too cool is a small one.  You'll know it's too hot if the crayon sticks to your chopstick and flows back into the hole created.  It's too cool if the crayon begins to crack.  No worries because if they do get too cool and one cracks, just pop them back in the oven for a few minutes to soften them and repair any cracks.   Your ornaments should feel a bit like rubber and be kind of flexible when taking them out.  Then just set them aside to cool for a bit before putting strings on.

My favorites turned out to be the simplest of the batch.  A bright and bold yellow star and sweet little red heart.

As a bonus you get this cool looking wax paper that can be used for gift tags. 

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