What do you do with old, broken crayons? How about making Faux Chocolate Easter Eggs? Yes indeed, these mouthwatering “chocolate” eggs are made from melted crayons. How cool is that? This technique reminds me of chocolate fondue, only there are no calories involved (and sorry, no snacking). While the kids are going to love how these look, this isn’t a project for kids so be sure to keep them away from the melted crayons.
To make Faux, Chocolate Easter Eggs, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: six, 2-½” eggs
- Set of 64 crayons, or the equivalent in used crayons (no white or metallic)
- Small silk flowers
- Glitter, white or crystal
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Needle tool or large darning needle; wooden skewers; cooking pot; 15-oz. empty can; old metal spoon; soft cloth; old newspaper
To make Faux, Chocolate Easter Eggs:
1. Cover your work area with old newspapers.
2. Remove the wrappers from the crayons and break into small pieces. Sort crayons into black and brown, and then piles of predominantly red, blue and yellow crayons. Do not use white or metallic crayons.
3. Place the can in the pan and add about 2” of water to pan. Bring water to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer to melt the wax:
- Add the black and brown crayons first to make a dark chocolate color.
- After the dark crayons are melted, add equal amounts of predominantly red, blue and yellow crayons, filling the can to the top.
- Never leave the melting wax unattended! Watch closely and add more water to the pan, if needed.
- As the crayons melt, stir the wax with a wooden skewer, adding more crayons as the wax melts. You want the melted wax to almost fill the can.
- Keep the wax hot as you dip your eggs. If you allow the wax to cool, the wax will thicken making a smooth surface more difficult to create.
6. Twist a wooden skewer 1” into the end of a foam egg. Dip and twirl the egg in the wax with one smooth motion. As you lift the egg out of the wax, give it a twist to keep the wax from dripping down the skewer.
7. Insert the skewer into a spare block of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, or place in an old jar, while wax cools.
8. When the egg has cooled just slightly, quickly smooth or scrape off any thick drips using the edge of a spoon. Lightly burnish the egg and remove any bumps using the back of the spoon.
9. When egg is completely cooled, repeat Steps 6 – 8, two to three more times.
10. Buff cooled, finished eggs with a soft cloth till they shine.
11. Lightly brush glue onto silk flowers and sprinkle with glitter. Let glue dry.
12. Make a starter hole for the flower stem in the surface of the egg by gently twisting a needle tool into the wax. Carefully rotate the needle tool till the hole is big enough for the stem. Place a dot of glue on the flower stem and insert it into the egg.
Aren’t these sweet? You can enjoy these for years to come, just be sure to store them where they won’t get too warm.
If you’d prefer the real thing, you’re in luck. The Easter Eggstravaganza prize package includes TWO chocolate Easter bunnies – one milk chocolate and one dark chocolate. The winner will also receive one dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and the winter issue of Stitch Craft Create.
To win, just leave a comment every day during the Easter Eggstravaganza. The more days you comment, the more entries you’ll have. The Easter Eggstravaganza runs from March 2 – midnight on March 10. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, March 12.
Happy Easter egg crafting.