Just like ALWAYS when I see something I love I want to try and make it myself! This is exactly what inspired me to make these letters. Do you know about resin letters? They are colorful and so pretty but have you tried to make them? Resin is possibly the least kid friendly craft material out there not to mention it is $$$$$ and takes 24 hours to dry!
Enter, Crayon Letters. I began making these because I love the look of resin letters but needed a kid friendly process. Melting crayons into silicon Alphabet molds is super easy and your kids can help, in fact they will love it!
Here is what you will need:
Silicon oven safe Alphabet Mold – it must be oven safe, some molds are meant for ice only
An old cookie sheet
Heavy grit sand paper
Pre-heat oven to 185 degrees Fahrenheit (resist the temptation to make the oven hotter to speed things up it will make the colors muddy and the wax separation is too much)
First you will need to get the paper off the crayons. Don’t worry I have an easy fix for this. Soak the crayons in warm water for 5 mins and the paper will slide right off. Be careful NOT use hot water or else the crayons will melt and get really messy. Warm tap water is perfect.
Next break the crayons into teeny tiny pieces. I put them in a ziplock bag and let Stevie and Celeste go to town with wooden rolling pins. You want tiny pieces!
Now place the crayon mold onto an old cookie sheet ( if you are using a nice cookie sheet line it with parchment in case your letters spill over). Fill the letter molds with crayons and be sure to pile the crayon bits HIGH, like so:
You’re ready to get cooking! Place the mold into the pre-heated oven and set a timer for 15 mins. It’s probably going to take longer then 15 mins but this is a good starting point. Keep checking the oven every 5 mins, you want the crayons to be liquified and flat. Once you reach this point turn the oven off and wait for the letters to partially solidify, you will know they are ready to be removed because the backs will turn a foggy white color.
Now put the mold in the freezer, this step will help you get the letters out without breaking them. After about 20 mins your crayons will be ready.
It’s finally time to pop out your letters and be amazed at their brilliance!
Aren’t the colors on these letters awesome?! They make learning the alphabet super fun and also work great for all your coloring projects. I can’t wait to see what you create. Please share your letters with me!