Thursday, September 25, 2008

Silicone Baking Pans and Recycling Crayons!

I have these great silicone number and letter molds from Sillycone, Inc.:

I also have many many old bits of crayons, some of them from when I was a child! I was inspired to use the Letter Ice and Number Ice trays to recycle the crayon bits and make something fun for my son:

All I did was break up the crayons and put them in the molds, then put the entire tray (on a cookie sheet) in the oven for about 10 minutes. I took them out to cool after they melted, then easily removed the hardened wax from the flexible molds.

More than an ice tray. More than a pan. ®

It's really a mold that's colorful, educational, flexible & nonstick. A design patent pending product line that's made from high-gloss FDA tested silicone and is oven-safe to 550ºF and (-50F) is cool to the touch within minutes after baking. Food cooks and browns evenly, there's no unbaked pockets or pale looking goods. Our trays won't retain odors or flavors, and are dishwasher safe. For storing, they fold or bend to fit anywhere.

Make Ice, Jell-O, Sidewalk Chalk, Butter, Concrete Numbers, Spell your name in Soap, Make Chocolate Letters, Short Bread Cookies, Number Crayons, Brownies or Muffins, Candles, etc...
A perfect product for Kids Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduation Parties, an Educational Tool for Back to School, and many more...

I think it came out great, and I can't wait to try it with some other silicone molds I have (hearts for valentines favors, anyone??).

Here is another great idea I found on a blog called Daily Danny. They used a large sheet of melted wax and cut it with cookie cutters while it was still a bit warm:

The full instructions are here, on the Daily Danny blog.

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Greenbaby said...

What a glorious idea! I'm thinking of homemade holiday gifts and customized birthday presents. Plus, what a relief to get rid of all those mangled crayon bits. Thanks for joining us this Thrifty Green Thursday and enriching our carnival with your creativity!

Cathy said...

Great idea--I have so many crayon bits I don't know what to do with. plus my 3-year-old is learning his letters now.

Gray Matters said...

Love this idea! The possibilities are endless - thanks for the great tip!

Rebecca said...

I happen to have two silicon trays like this (someone bought them for me at Ikea long, long ago), but no crayon stubs! Maybe it's time to go crazy and buy my daughter a box of crayons so she can turn them into stubs so I can recycle them!

I read somewhere that they make "eco-friendly" crayons now. Does anyone know anything about those? Regular crayola crayons are made from petroleum, I think.

Thanks for this excellent Thrifty Green Thursday idea!

ThePeachTree said...

I love those shaped crayons!! Those containers always make me nervous to make too hot but I suppose I just need to read up more on their safety and material :)

One Mom said...

What a great idea for all those pieces of broken crayon! I'm off to gather them up!

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