Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Your Name in Crayons

I can't remember when or where I saw this idea, but as soon as I saw it I knew it would make the perfect gift for the little ones in my life.

Want to make your name in crayons? It's easy peasy. And aside from the upfront cost of buying the molds, it's cheap.

I bought a set of silicone letter trays from Amazon - I think they cost $18 plus shipping.

I then raked my entire house for every broken crayon, and using scissors I stripped them naked. (I read that it's a must to use Crayola brand crayons - using cheap crayons will likely result in a half-wax-half-color mess).


I separated the crayons into color groups, and started breaking them into pieces to fill up the molds.




I placed the trays on a baking sheet and baked them in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. I never timed it but I don't think they sat in there for much longer than 5 minutes.

Once the crayons melted, I pulled them out to cool. It's been crazy cold here in Ohio, so I set the trays on our back porch for a quick cool down. Here is what they look like after they've cooled.


The trickiest part is popping the letters out of the molds. The letter S is especially tricky.


I started getting fancy and added glitter to some of the letters. The letters that turned out the best required a lot of glitter. And the tinier the glitter the better. Heavier glitters floated to the bottom.





I used small clear bags to wrap them. I finished them off with a bow and a name sticker.



And voila! A unique, colorful, and functional gift.

6 comments:

  1. Oh I want some for Parker....you are so crafty!

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  2. What a great idea! You are so creative!

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  3. we loved it!!! thanks so much. Its a great way to teach them to spell their names......thanks!!!

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  4. So cool - I'm doing it! Awesome!

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  5. Found this on Pintrest and am using this as a favor for my daughter's Word World party next month - thanks so much for posting the idea!!!

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