Any art supply collection generally contains broken, stray and worn-down crayons. Don't throw these potentially useful little tools away. You can recycle them into exciting, educational and fun tools for creating. Transform the ragged shards of crayons into new, solid coloring implements in the shape of the letters of the alphabet. This makes the crayons exciting for children. It also provides a subtle means of reviewing and teaching the letters.
Items you will need
- Mini alphabet-shaped silicone pans
- Cookie sheet
- Old crayons
Set the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and leave it to heat for at least 15 minutes. If the oven is properly warmed before you begin, the crayons will melt more evenly and faster.
Arrange silicone alphabet pans on an oven-safe cookie sheet with the cavities facing upward. Make sure that the pans are resting flat on the cookie sheet and that the edges are not overlapping.
Peel off the paper casings from your gathered crayons. Divide the bare crayons into piles according to color. Break each crayon in a pile into small pieces. Fill the cavities in the silicone pans with the pieces. Use one hue per cavity to keep the new crayons in single colors or mix random colors together for rainbow, marble-finished crayons.
Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven. Check the crayons after 10 minutes to see if they have liquefied. Continue to check every 5 minutes after that until they are completely melted. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven to cool.
Turn the silicone trays upside down once the crayons are completely hard and cool. Pop each crayon out of its cavity. If the crayons are still warm or not set, they will not come out of the pan and may lose their form.
Tips & Warnings
- Leave the cookie sheets in the oven to cool if you are making marbled crayons; this will help prevent the colors from mixing and turning a dull shade. Turn off the oven and leave the door open to allow the crayons to harden.
- Do not use the silicone pans for food once they have been used for making crayons.
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