Since their creation, crayons have helped children to color and create art. Over time, wax-based crayons become broken or worn down from use. Instead of throwing out old broken crayons, recycle them into new crayons. Kids will enjoy this project and will learn the importance of recycling. These re-purposed crayons are ideal for younger children to hold in their little hands and will not break as easily as regular crayons.
Items you will need
- Craft knife
- Metal muffin pan
Preheat the oven to 265 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut a line lengthwise down the crayon papers with the craft knife and then peel the papers off. Papers will peel off without the knife; however, the process takes longer.
Break the crayons into half- to one-inch pieces. A whole crayon breaks into three pieces.
Fill each section of the muffin pan with crayon pieces of two to three colors. The amount of pieces determines the size of the finished crayon; therefore, fill the tin halfway for a small crayon or to the top for a larger crayon.
Put the muffin pan into the oven for six minutes or until the shape of the crayons is no long visible. Do not over-bake the crayons or the colors will blend together too much.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the crayons cool until solid. Cooling time varies between 30 to 60 minutes.
Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes until the crayons are hard.
Turn the muffin pan over and tap it against the counter to loosen the crayons.
Tips & Warnings
- Let children help break up the crayons and decide what colors to combine.
- Melt crayon pieces in metal candy molds or shaped metal muffin pans for shaped crayons.
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