Recycle broken crayons with this easy, kid-friendly project.
A mini-muffin tin
Broken crayons (whole crayons can be used, but the spirit of the project is to recycle by putting old crayons to use!)
1. Unwrap paper from crayon pieces and break crayons into smaller pieces. Recycle or dispose of paper.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Place mini-muffin liners into each mini-muffin slot.
4. Decide what color spectrum you want for the crayon you are creating and place crayon bits in mini-muffin liners accordingly. (For example, you might group colors by hue, patterns or themes like colors that represent favorite superheroes, sport teams, cartoon characters or favorite color grouping. The ideas and combinations are only limited by the crayon bit colors available!)
5. Fill each mini-muffin cup about two-thirds full with crayon bits. You can fill them higher, but the wax may melt over the edge, making clean-up difficult.
6. When all the slots are full in the mini-muffin tin and the oven is pre-heated, turn the oven off and place the muffin tin on the center rack. Allow the tin to set in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the crayons are completely melted.
7. Remove the muffin tin and allow melted crayons to cool for at least 2 hours.
8. Remove muffin liners from the mini-muffin tin. Pop out crayon discs. Admire the fascinating color mixes and begin again!
- Off-brand crayons may not fully melt. You can leave them in the mix as they make interesting lines in the final product, or once you spot them, simply eliminate them from your next mix.
- Some crayon colors may separate, leaving a clear thin layer at the top or bottom of your crayon. While it may not deliver any color when used, it does add a fun element to the design, so don’t worry if this happens.
- If you fill the muffin tins (or muffin liners) too full, the wax will overflow which will make cleanup a little more challenging and may cause color bleed into other muffin crayon cups.
Craft by Barb Webb from ruralmom.com