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« on: October 11, 2004 10:25:53 AM »

i work at a restaurant and it was killing me that we were throwing away so many perfectly good crayons.  so i decided to recycle them and make me a little money too.
materials:
a big mess of crayons
soda cans
candle wicking
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candle molds (i used dixie cups and pringle packs.  be creative.)
paraffin or emergency candles.
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instructions:
peel the crayons by running a blade down the side and sliding the wrapper off.  this is much faster than trying to peel with your fingers.  believe me.

bust the crayons into several pieces.  cut the tops off of the soda cans.  sort these pieces into color groupings in the cans.

add two emergency candles with the wicks removed or two blocks of paraffin to each can.

prepare your candle molds with wicks.  if you are using improvised molds, hot glue the wick to the inside bottom of the mold.  punch a small hole in the bottom of a plastic mold and cover it with modeling clay.

fill the molds with multi-colored crayon chunks.

fill the saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a simmer.  set the cans into the water gently and allow to melt, stirring gently occasionally.

when the wax has melted, pour over the crayon chunks and allow to cool.

peel away the dixie cup, or remove the modeling clay from the plastic mold and blow into the puncture.  this should cause the mold to release easily.

reinforce the wick on the bottom with more hot glue.

fini!
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004 10:48:28 AM »

thats friggin awesome! can you post a pic of the finished product?
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004 11:05:41 AM »

They look soo cute ^_^
And it's great that you recycled unwanted crayons.
Since the wax is green when it's melted it looks like crayons in pea soup. It's the kinda green that my grandmother kitchen used to be. ^_^
I agree, please post and image of the pretty candles.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2004 11:20:29 AM »

my finished product pic was eated by my cf card.  i'll take a new one tomorrow.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004 06:21:28 PM »

woot woot!
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004 06:34:43 PM »

those are so cool! what a great idea, i love them Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004 11:00:42 PM »

They're really neat, but do they smell like crayons when you burn them?
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2004 08:27:21 AM »

the scent is neutral, but if you're really opposed to a little crayon smell you can always add scent oil to the melted wax.  i made a few green apple candles like that.  very pleasant.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2004 02:11:15 PM »

that's really cool. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2004 02:36:26 PM »

Do you work at Macaroni grill? they waste SO many crayons there, every time I new customer comes, they get new crayons.

Awesome candles by the way.
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2004 10:21:50 AM »

no, i work at a neighboorhood restaurant.  most restaurants give out new crayons.  it's crazy.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2004 12:24:29 PM »

j'adore!
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2004 02:27:17 PM »

Those are so cool looking!
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2005 10:02:32 AM »

that is soo cool!!!
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2005 10:40:06 AM »

the scent is neutral, but if you're really opposed to a little crayon smell you can always add scent oil to the melted wax..

I love the scent of crayons!
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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2005 10:45:35 AM »

That's really cool!

 I had to comment b/c you used Cheerwine cans. I had never heard of it until my cousin said that she couldn't wait to get some when we went to NC. Everyone loved it but I didn't try it b/c I don't drink carbonation.  Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2005 09:44:47 AM »

these are super super neat!
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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2005 04:38:51 PM »

bluejean: it's a really awesome soda.  if you get another chance to try it, i suggest taking a little sip.
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2005 01:28:57 PM »

salut, une tres bonne ide de recycler les crayons en bougie, originnalllllllllllleeee
bonne continuation

i love it, i speak french nd a little english   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2005 02:43:15 PM »

merci beaucoup.
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2005 03:16:59 PM »

thats so kewl i so want to try that nice job
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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2005 10:30:34 AM »

wow this is so cool!
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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2005 12:31:18 PM »

That reminds me of mom putting all the little leftover bits of crayons in mini-muffin papers ot melt in the oven.  We'd use them as mulitcollored crayons.  Never thought of making them into candles!
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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2008 12:46:57 PM »

i heard that when you melt crayons it gives off a nasty stank ....so are the candles acctually functional???
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« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2008 09:13:13 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2008 12:08:16 PM »

I made one of this a little over a year ago, thanks to the inspiration from this tutorial!

Thought I'd finally post a pic of it:


I love the smell of crayons!  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2008 03:46:55 PM »

I can't see pics?!?!
But its a great idea!!
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2009 07:43:11 PM »

As far as smell is concerned,  I've always liked the smell of Crayolas... offbrand crayons tend to smell funny, but I know Macaroni Grill tends to put out the good stuff, and it's back to school season so big boxes of crayons are on sale all over the place.  I could probably scrounge up a big bucket full of all the old crayons floating around my house. Cheesy Awesome job!
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« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2009 03:56:13 AM »

Thanks for sharing this useful technique. It is good not only for saving but also for developing the habit of using our money in the best possible way up to the last. 
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« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2009 10:52:57 PM »

Awesome, I found this at JUST the right time.  I have two buckets FULL of crayons leftover from the end of school for my kids over the last couple of years.  We never have enough candles and this is such a cool fun way to use up those crayons.  Thanks!
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« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2010 10:52:13 AM »

Genius! I can't wait to try this. A million and one crayons in my craft room. Thank you!
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