Step 11: Optional special holiday packaging

Package those babies up something nice.

Now, I do realize that the use of plastic treat bags aren't what you'd consider necessarily "green." However, they sure make a cheap, nice and mess-free way to pass out your gift. So, if it makes you feel better just "help" the recipient carefully open the package because they're sure to want to use these beauts right away. Then, tell them you'll throw away the trash but instead just tuck the wrapping right back into your purse to use again. There, now don't you feel better?

What we did to package our crayons:
Using small treat bags purchased at Michael's we carefully placed a crayon into a bag. Then we cut labels out of a recycled cereal box. Next, we set up a packaging assembly line. The littlest helper stamping a swell snow flake print on the front of the label then passed it to the big brother who wrote out the label which I would've liked to have read "Eco-friendly and 100% Recycled Crayon" however I felt the "Eco-friendly" part was kinda false advertising so the boy just wrote "100% Recycled Crayon. Made by..." I sealed the deal by stapling the label to the packaged crayon. I think the results are sorta cute.

And judging from the excitement level of my two picky consumers I think the recipients of our recycled crayons should have a good time coloring with these fun-shaped gifts.

Now to go with these sweet crayons we'll make some recycled paper.
<p>Make a solar oven by placing the candy molds on the dashboard of your car. Park in a sunny location, and roll up the windows. Leave the car and go have a Popsicle or play with the garden hose while watering the garden. Come back in about an hour or so and your crayons will be very melty. You can also amplify solar energy on your sunny patio by using a clear &quot;bubble&quot; umbrella. Search for homemade solar hotdog cookers for more solar oven ideas. Love this project.</p>
Oh, what a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! My little ones are grown now, but this would have been fabulous not so long ago. Neat!
use a razor blade to cut off crayon labels
You could always reconstruct your cereal boxes into smaller crayon boxes, instead of just tags. I'd put the brown, papery side out and decorate it to give a fully recycled gift. Old string or yarn would work great to keep the box closed and make a pretty bow.
Was there a lot of wax left over in the molds?
What if u put the crayons u wanted 2 melt 2gether in mugs, put them in the microwave, and used that? OK, it's not very &quot;green&quot;, but at least it's more efficient (is that spelled right?).
you could package the crayons in newspaper :) just an idea
I used a box cutter to cut along the wrapper then let the kids peel them. It took way less time and helped a lot.
Great idea!!! (Funny comments, VERY fun to read :)). I was thinking what to get for my kid&acute;s classmates that was unexpensive yet attractive, and now I know. By the way, the idea about using the ceral box is of great help.... thank you!!!!
<p>im glad to see other people do this as well. we used to have our class do this and sell them to kids at lunch and help keep it going. another fun thing to do is dip crayons in melted crayons of another colore and possibly repeat theyre really fun to use.</p>
&nbsp;I often keep little plastic trays from sweet or easter type treats for use as moulds for plaster of paris &nbsp;&amp; candle crafts, they would also suit this crayon project! &nbsp;<br /> Nice inst' ;o)
If you don't want to microwave the crayons you could try putting the molds in your car for the day. I know as a child many of my crayons were melted this way.
You could create a mini-greenhouse to make the sun thing work. I&nbsp;would put the molds on a cookie sheet &amp;&nbsp;put some clear plastic on top.&nbsp; That, and a nice sunny day in July, should melt them nicely.<br />
oh good idea about the sun. we've tried pouring melted crayons into candy molds without much success. i like this idea!<br />
This is adorable. I think I'm going to try it on monday. Candy molds can be really expensive, though, so I probably will try the dollar store. Do you think it would work to pour them into paper cups and make disc crayons?
Yeah, there's an Instructable with muffin tins.<br />
My daughter was peeling and complaining a little and we filled up a container with hot water and some dish soap and soaked the crayons in the water for about 20 minutes, then you can just start to pick out the crayons. The wrappers fall right off.
i'm thinking of selling these in my yard sale more recycling
If you get the candy molds from thrift stores or after-holiday sales, it's almost like recycling. :D
That's a good point!
Those are so cute it makes me want to break all my kids crayons so I can try this!
this is realy gd i like
NOW I have a reason to hang onto all those little crayon packs that restaurants seem more than happy to dump on my 2 year old. Thanks!
i always grab a pack of crayons and the kiddie menu for myself to doodle on. and i don't have any kids yet. (that'll change in april.) crayons are such a great invention.
mi so glad im not the only one lol
To melt crayons using the sun I suggest placing them in a solar box cooker for a few minutes. Solar cookers are quite interesting in themselves. Here is a simple one: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.i4at.org/surv/solarbox.htm">http://www.i4at.org/surv/solarbox.htm</a><br/>And here are more solar cooker designs: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://solarcooking.org/plans">http://solarcooking.org/plans</a><br/>This one worked well for me: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://solarcooking.org/plans/DATS.htm">http://solarcooking.org/plans/DATS.htm</a><br/><br/>But this one is rumored to be the most proven design: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html">http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html</a> <br/>You could also just put the molds in a dark pot with a glass lid. That should work too. <br/><br/>The principles for this process are:<br/>reflection (bouncing light into a box), <br/>concentration (focusing lots of light into a small area), <br/>transformation (from light energy to heat energy), <br/>radiation (heat energy won't radiate though glass much), <br/>conduction (insulation won't conduct heat away much), <br/>and convection (a sealed container won't let hot air out). <br/>With these principles you can accumulate heat in a cardboard box. You concentrate energy by reflecting light into an enclosure with a clear window. If the light hits something black, the light will transform into heat. So paint the inside of the enclosure black. Heat (infrared radiation) won't radiate through the window very well so it will stay inside with your crayons. To store heat inside the box even if you open it briefly, you can use something dense and heavy like rocks painted black. And to keep heat from leaking out the sides use insulation like layers of cardboard. Also seal the whole box tight to keep hot air from leaking out by convection.<br/><br/>You can put your box cooker out in the sun before you start. The sun will heat up the black rocks in the black box. And when you have your crayons broken up and placed in the molds you will have a nice hot rocks keeping your oven hot to melt your creations quickly. <br/><br/>Or if you want to try something quick and easy, just put the mold and crayons in a ziplock bag in the sun and lay the bag on top of a mirror. This will reflect some extra light back and the ziplock will keep the wind from blowing away all your heat. That might work too.<br/>
I bet a sunny day in the back window of a car in summer would make those crayons melt.
I still have an empty advent-calendar. (you know: a flat cardboard box with a plastic inside, where chocolates go). May be I can use the plastic insite as a mould for making swell new crayons! Thanks for the idea. I love it!
If your really worried about the plastic bags. you could try using scrap bags from old children toys, Their are lots of things that come in similar clear bags that could simply be re-used Me and my mom make candy with those molds all the time and you can pop them in the microwave as well just only do it at 1 min increments. then check on it.
Are you sure the sun will work? Maybe with some foil to reflect sunlight???
Ok i'd just like to make it clear that, I'm 13 (14 in a month or so) and i'm LOVING this idea, I'm waiting for my tank/rocket/aeroplane/spaceship/ships (withguns and stuff) to set. THANKY YOU!
use a light bulb.. I have one of those crayon recyclers with the bulb under the metal tray and then u pour it into the molds.. but if u want to use the sun.. use a fresnel lens! but u have 2 be careful with those cuz they can start fires pretty fast and can burn your skin!
Really nice one! Gotta try it with my kids too this summer <sup>_</sup> 4.0 stars<br/>
Really clever idea
Another way to concentrate the sun's heat might be to put the bucket in a hot car. I mean, how many times have you found melted crayons on the back seat?<br/><br/>You probably shouldn't drive anywhere, though.<br/><br/>Kayla<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.24hourscienceprojects.com">http://www.24hourscienceprojects.com</a><br/>
i loved the instructable. for having that swirly pattern in the crayons but not having enough sunlight,i was wondering if a magnifying glass could be used to focus the sunlight on to the moulds? kids could do this and it would be fun for them to watch!
where did you get the molds ?????????? you rook !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vary smart idea. I might do it my self. and kids WILL enjoy them
I enjoy making my own crayons as well! I have found my least favorite part is the de-papering also. I have found through practice that it is much, much faster to use an X-acto knife for aid. You can use it or a box cutter (carefully!) to make a single slice down the length of the crayon. If you have child helpers, let them peel the paper off from there. Otherwise, just speed up the process for yourself.
Loveit- going to try ASAP- snow day!
oh and I also melt mine by boiling water and placing the crayons in a glass cup...if you plan on using that method, make sure to use a cup you aren't too fond of.
I already planned on doing recycled crayons for my nieces and nephews (I've got over ten o.O). I had gone to the dollar store and found silicone ice cube trays with snowman and christmas trees and used that as my molds. I did two layers of colors for fun (green and red for the tree, blue and yellow for the snowmen) this is an awesome cheap gift, also good for birthday party favors. I had found winter themed ziplock baggies at the dollar store as well. I folded them in half and put a crayon on each side (so the colors wouldn't transfer) and then packaged the same as you. thanks for the cute packaging idea!
Nice! and cheap 4 stars!
i like this idea!! here's a thought: ikea sells those funky-cute rubbery ice cube trays (hearts, stars...)that might work for a chunkier crayon. i used to take our crayon stubs and sharpen them to collect the shavings that i would sprinkle in between 2 pieces of waxed paper and use a low iron to melt the shavings into 'stained glass'. cut out into different shapes and hung in the window, it makes a cool, recycled craft that my kids enjoy! thanks for the new great idea!!
this is super awesome! Ive melted them boiling, and also used to do it in Palm Springs in the sun with restaurant crayons. but not with pretty molds. (and love the step by step style here)
Nice! When I was wee (not so wee as to want to colour with crayons), I used old crayons as a colouring agent for making candles. (That's candles, what ye burn, not candies, fer to gnaw on. I suppose you <em>could</em> make crayon candies, but don't offer me none of 'em.)<br/>
This is a really cute idea, guess what I am going to do with my leftover crayons! The packaging idea is also creative and attractive. Good instructable and fun too.

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