Wednesday, 5 September 2012

How to Make Lego Minifigure Crayons

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Last year my eldest had a Lego themed birthday party, and I had a big list of ideas I’d seen on the internet that I wanted to recreate. Most of them I at least attempted - my Lego cake pops were a disaster, they did not make it to the party - but one thing I didn’t cross off the list was Lego minifigure crayons. I can’t recall why, it was probably something simple like not having enough crayons to hand. But this summer we had accumulated so many boxes of crayons that I knew I had to find something to do with them and so, 14 months on, it finally got crossed off my to do list.

This is how I did it...

Step 1 – First off, you will need  to get some Lego minifigure moulds. The moulds are sold as an ice cube tray in the Lego Shop but aren’t really any good for that since the resulting ice cubes are so small they dissolve the instant they hit your drink. They are, however, very good for making chocolate Lego men. But I digress...

Step 2 - Peel your crayons and break them into about 3 pieces. It takes almost a whole crayon to fill each mould, so the number of crayons you’ll need will be the same as the number of figures you want to create.

Step 3 – Pop into the oven at about 180 Celsius (160C in a fan assisted oven) and leave until the wax has melted. I found this took about 10 minutes for regular crayons, a bit longer for metallic ones.

Step 4 – Leave to harden. Do not get impatient and try to pop them out before they have hardened completely because they are more likely to break. If you do break a few then you can stick them back in the oven for a few minutes to melt again.

Getting them out in one piece takes a bit of a knack. In the first batch, I broke 7 out of the 8. After that I refined my technique and didn’t break any more. You want to peel them away from the edges as much as you can first (gently!) and then pop out the figure from the head downwards. Watch the toes, they are a weak area (as I already knew from using the moulds with chocolate).

Of course, making Lego minifigure crayons didn’t solve the more-crayons-than-a-preschool issue, but at least now the crayons we have are cute and decorative. I’m contemplating doing another Lego party (this time for my youngest son) and they would make cute party favours!