Turn plain ‘ol Crayons into crafty customizable gifts using ice trays!

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I love finding new ideas for wedding favors that are both geeky AND useful! Check out a Gwenab-inspired wedding favor idea…

Crayons

And she was nice enough to let us know how she did this…

“The Lego men take one crayon and the Invaders take two. I found twenty minutes at 200 degrees to be best. I would deffinatly say to use silicone molds because I tried some other molds and they were a pain. They pop out pretty easily, the Space Invader molds are a bit of a pain though so i'd recomend buying mold release for around $8.”

And Gwenab used the tutorials from here and here.

Just think of all the fun possibilities with these guys, you can find ice tray molds in TONS of stuff. My favorites…

Skull Ice Mold Gummy Bear Ice Cube Tray Laughing Buddha Ice Mold Star Trek Starfleet Ice Tray Doctor Who Ice Cube Tray

Now get to melting!!!

Comments on Turn plain ‘ol Crayons into crafty customizable gifts using ice trays!

  1. We’re actually doing this for our wedding. I found that I had issues with the ice trays and much better luck with “muffin” tins. Or basically something that is both microwave/stove and freezer safe.

    Also, We did multiple colors in a crayons and ended up with some really cool looking swirly ones.

    One last thing to note, the better quality the crayon (crayola vs. dollar tree brand) does make a difference. The dollar tree crayons came out waxy and didn’t color as good as the crayola.

    Side Note: We found out at the end of the school year that a lot of classrooms will just throw away their crayons and buy new ones at the beginning of the school year. We ended up getting a BUNCH of crayola brand awesome crayons for free from a school.

  2. OMG Koi Fish Love! 😀 😀

    You can find cupcake/muffin/whatever pans in shapes as well. They’re usually a little more expensive than ice cube trays, but they’re designed for easy removal of the stuff that you put in it.

    Example:
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/railway-train-cake-pan/?pkey=cbakeware-top-rated

    The downside is you’ll probably need more crayons per cup. The larger crayons might make great favors/gifts for little kiddos, though.

  3. I reeeaaaallllly didn’t want to give the kids crayons at the wedding, but I think you’ve convinced me with that skull and crossbones mold. Curse my love for skulls! Lol. Best part? I get to put my son’s broken crayons to good use!

  4. I’m getting married in October and I’d love to make a tree mold, leaf mold and bird mold. Any idea where to look? I’ve scoured the internet looking. Great idea!!! Thanks!

  5. You have to be careful with this as to which molds you use. A lot of the cheap silicone molds (from Ikea and dollar stores) are fine for molten chocolate but will melt in the oven. Fred (http://www.worldwidefred.com/home.htm) makes the space invaders and a bunch of other awesome molds that are safe up to 400 degrees.

  6. has anyone tried this recently? can the ice cube trays going in the oven for any amount of time at all? even 200 degrees? id love to try this but im an offbeat-tightwad and don’t want to spend the money on a mold im gonna melt :/

    • Try getting some cheepy oven safe glassware (like pie pans) OR tough cupcake cups in muffin tins and heat your color that way. then all you have to do it lay your silicone ice tray in cool/iced water that doent pass the top (about 1/4th inch or so) and fill with spoon! the bonus part? whats left in the cupcake paper can also be used as crowns and “branded” with hot wires to have your initials on it ^^

  7. I love doing this, but I second those that have said BE CAREFUL! Some of them are not meant to be in the oven! I accidentally melted a few one time because I hadn’t tested them first.

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