Melt and Pour Crayons

One of the side effects of having children is that you end up with bags and boxes full of broken crayons, crayons from restaurants, crayons from school year’s past. I really hate to throw away useful things and so, I had a shoe box full to the brim of crayons. With Halloween fast approaching, I finally figured out what to do with all of the discarded crayons.

Melt & Pour Crayons


Melt and Pour Crayon Supplies: Jar and pan to use as double boiler, silicon molds. Not shown: crayons)
Melt and Pour Crayon Supplies: Jar and pan to use as double boiler, silicon molds. Not shown: crayons)


– silicon molds – generally these are ice cube trays. The Dollar Tree carries shaped molds for nearly every holiday. For this project, I have two molds – skulls and spiders and webs.
– Crayons – separated by color
– Old pan
– Old mason jar
– Water
– Canning tongs
– Wooden skewers
– Paper towels


Web crayons cooling in the silicon mold
Web crayons cooling in the silicon mold

Remove all the paper from the crayons. I’ve found that it is easiest to do this with a razor knife or box cutter. Break the crayons into pieces (I used a hammer for this).

Put the crayon pieces in the jar in a pan of water and heat it to boiling. Keep watch over the process but it generally takes me 40 minutes to melt a half a cup of crayon pieces down. If you want to hasten the melt, you can stir it but that will result in no swirls in your final product.


Finished Melt and Pour Crayons
Finished Melt and Pour Crayons

Using the canning tongs, lift the jar out of the water and carefully pour the melted wax into the molds, careful not to overfill them.

Allow to cool but remove from the molds while still slightly warm.

I’m making these crayons for The Teal Pumpkin Project, so my house has something for kids who have allergies, sensitivities, or who are diabetic. Fortunately, my kids aren’t allergic to any foods but a lot of my friends have children who can’t eat sugar or nuts or milk. The Teal Pumpkin project ensures that all kids can have fun on Halloween. If you have a non-food option, place a teal pumpkin on your stoop so families know your house is an allergy friendly stop. Kids who stop at my house can have either candy or a set of Halloween crayons.

My teal pumpkin is a plastic pumpkin bucket I'll be hanging from a post outside during Trick or Treating
My teal pumpkin is a plastic pumpkin bucket I’ll be hanging from a post outside during Trick or Treating


Pokemon Go
A wild Eevee appears!

It’s summer time. School is out, kids are everywhere, it’s ridiculously hot, and usually my house is full of the bickering that brothers do. Not today. Today there is talk of Pikachu and Squirtle. Today they’re trying to decide if our dog Mojo should have been named Growlithe. Today there is peace among the ranks. They’re excited, tired out, and have something interesting to share, which is really hard when one is a teenager and one is a few weeks from ten. Even better, it is something I can share with them too.

I missed the original introduction of Pokemon. I was too busy with Magic the Gathering, marching band, drama, and being a “mature” high school senior to have time for my little brother’s video games (not to mention I was truly terrible at anything that wasn’t Diablo or Gabriel Knight). It wasn’t until I had kids of my own that it got interesting.

My oldest child watched every series he could find, played all the games, collected the cards, and had a stuffed Piplup. I was so glad that particular critter ran out of batteries after three long years of hearing “Piplup? Piplup.” In the middle of the night. Because my oldest son loves Pokemon, my youngest son loves Pokemon. If I couldn’t play along with my boys, what kind of geeky mama would I be?

Pokemon Go collected Pokemon
Gotta Catch ’em All!

I played the oldest child’s games on his Nintendo DS but it wasn’t until Black and White came out that I got my own game (mostly because I finally had a DS to play on). I caught everything I could, hatched everything I could, did the best I could to complete it all. It’s more addictive than people think, and it’s not just about finishing the game.

It goes without saying that Pokemon Go is pretty big in my house right now, and it is awesome. The kids and I are taking walks around the neighborhood and actually saying hello to our neighbors! We’re learning our city, competing with each other to see who can get what – my oldest child caught a Rhyhorn but I have a Cubone. My youngest child doesn’t have a phone of his own as he isn’t old enough for that, but I let him catch them, learn their stats, and evolve them and that’s really all he wants to do anyway. He’s just happy to get out and do stuff.

I have to admit, I’m not exactly sure how people are getting hurt playing this. Common sense is a great thing, and you really don’t have to be right on top of something to catch it, spin it, or otherwise interact with it. Yes, if you’re walking around staring at your phone, you’re likely to run into things, but the app has this really great vibrate feature when a wild whatever appears. Playing this particular game is no more dangerous than texting while walking.

There are always those who don’t have anything nice or supportive to say, but I’d really rather my kids play Pokemon with me than a lot of other things they could be doing. I love this app. I am hoping we can continue it in some way after school returns as it’s great at getting some of that pent up energy out, and we don’t walk in silence; we talk to each other about a little bit of everything. To me, that’s the best part. Even better than catching a Meowth (which I did). Besides, there’s a handy dandy distance monitor under the awards, and we’re now 5.1 km closer to Rivendell.

Editor’s Note: Check in with Sarah a month into the  journey at her blog.