I was making a little Halloween care package to send to my nieces and nephew in Las Vegas and I came across this cute idea from Homemade by Jill. Custom made crayons! Just too cute. I decided I needed to make some to add to my package.
I found this ice cube tray at Party City and thought it would make a cute mold for the crayons. I did like the end result but it took a lot of crayons to fill the individual molds and they didn't come out of the molds as easily as the cheaper candy molds. Spraying the mold with Pam cooking spray helped a little. It did take some effort to get clean once the crayons were unmolded.
The next mold I used was a very inexpensive candy mold that I got from Michaels. It worked great!
The mold size was perfect. Once the crayons set up, they released from the molds with no effort at all and cleaned up really easily with warm water and soap.
Making the crayons was a pretty easy process - you can check out Jill's post for her instructions. I simply grouped similar colors of crayons together, peeled off the wrapper, broke them up into small pieces and melted them using the double boiler method. I covered a bowl with foil to make it easy to clean. I was also able to fold the foil into a little spout to pour out the melted wax.
The best piece of advice I can give you? Absolutely DO NOT use cheap crayons!!!!! I started out using Crayola Brand, then switched to a cheap no name brand. They didn't melt nicely and look at the difference when molded - not smooth or shiny. And they crumbled after I unmolded them. I switched back to Crayola brand and everything worked just great again.