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!

13 comments:

  1. What a novel idea! My boys would love this.

    Antonia

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  2. This is very cute! Thanks for sharing at GSC!

    LB
    www.accordingtol.com

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  3. love them, and i've done the chocolate/candy melt lego guys a bunch of times....all very fun once you get the hang of it!

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    1. I hadn't thought of using candy melts in them... thanks for the idea!

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  4. OMGosh! How cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Petites Passions. Would love it if you would share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  5. My boys would love these!! I had no idea you could buy molds. And the chocolate would be great too! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring these tomorrow. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
    Jenn :)

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  6. Seriously, this is the coolest idea ever!!!!! I'm totally loving this. You are totally creative and this would be the coolest thing for a boys party or just for anyone in general who loves legos. I'm sharing this with friends!!!

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  7. What a clever idea! Inexpensive too! Great job! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm & Link Up! I'm sharing this on Facebook!

    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

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  8. Oh my goodness that it brilliant! I'm going to send a link to this to my sisters-their kids are Lego nuts and they would love this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this great idea at my Say G'day link up. Thanks also for your sweet comment!

    Best wishes for a wonderful week,
    Natasha in Oz

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  9. LOOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday...you've been featured! Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button! :) Hope to see you again this week at www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

    Michelle @ Thrifty101

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  10. These are SO cool! My son wants a lego party this year, and I might need to make some. I'd love for you to come link up to our party where we can show off all of our old or new projects! :)
    http://www.cutesycrafts.com/2013/04/an-oldie-but-goodie-12.html - Jessica

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  11. I didn't know there were Lego molds. What a great ideas - candy and crayons. My grandsons will love these.
    I made two Lego Birthday cakes and are posted on my blog:
    http://retireforthefunofit.com/2013/05/20/lego-king-of-his-castle-birthday-cake/
    http://retireforthefunofit.com/2013/03/20/lego-birthday-cake/
    Hope you enjoy these ideas for your son's birthday. Neva

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