How-To’s Day: Recycled “swirly” crayons

I hate throwing away crayons. Even half a crayon. Even one-third of a crayon. But when I pulled down the kids’ bucket of crayons the other day to find it full of tiny crayon nubs and only two or three full sized crayons I knew it was time to let them go. So, inspired by another friend of mine, the kids and I made what they dubbed “swirly crayons”. Here is how you can put your crayon nubs to good use too.

Materials:
A muffin tin
Cupcake papers
Broken crayons

Step 1: Preheat your oven to about 200-250 degrees and peel all paper off of the crayons.

Step 2: Line muffin tin with papers.

Step 3: Break crayons down into easily meltable sizes.

Step 4: Put the tin full of crayons in the oven and watch it. The crayons will look like they are just starting to melt for quite a while until they are quite suddenly crayon soup. Pull them out before they are over-melted.

Step 5: Let crayons cool. This will take quite a while. I think we left them for at least an hour

Step 6: Bust out your new swirly crayons and create a work of art.

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5 responses to “How-To’s Day: Recycled “swirly” crayons

  1. Brittney: Nifty idea! Would make a great birthday party activity or party favor! Crayon pieces also add lovely color and whimsy to homemade soaps and candles (but don’t try these in the oven, kids!). I appreciate your “green” creativity. –Lynn

  2. I used to work at a safe haven home for young kids and this was one of their favorite things to do, both to make and to use.

    Only one suggestion: never try to make them without muffin tins! They take forever to scrape out and your pan will probably never be the same…

  3. One day, my child will be old enough for this fun little ditty! Thanks for the great how-tos!

    Nice new banner up top too!

  4. Pingback: How-To’s Day: 5 Creative coloring crafts « notes from a been-there mom

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