Whoever first came up with the idea of melting leftover crayons into bigger multi-colored crayons is a genius.
And I’d think it was someone from Crayola except that if it was, that person probably ended up being fired.
Think about it.
For years mommies and teachers just threw out all those crayon pieces and ran out and bought more brand spanking new crayons (and I must admit I still get excited opening a new 64 count box with all those pretty colors arranged so perfectly) But now we can take all those pieces and melt them into these cool things and not have to buy more so soon.
In fact these babies you see here were the homemade gift the twins gave to Alexandra for our January 7th Christmas. My thrifty side kicked in and I thought why should I spend money on those big crayons for toddlers when these are great for her little hands to hold. Sorry Crayola, but trust me I still buy way too many of your products.
For these crayons I only had a mini muffin tin available, but I’ve seen some really neat ones made in all kinds of shapes. The best were at the Baum School where Makenna takes art lessons, they were made in popsicle molds and even had a wooden popsicle stick in them. How cute!
But, since my popsicle molds would melt together with the crayons in the conventional oven, and I am not sure how to do this project using the microwave (without possibly burning my house down), I’m sticking to muffin tins for now. If you know how to do these in the microwave, please let me know.
Oh, and I know this craft project is already out there in alot of places, but in case it is new to you here are some directions.
Remove paper from your crayons and break into small pieces. Place them in mini muffin tins filled to the top. Place in a 250 degree oven until they are melted nicely. Remove from oven. Let cool and then place in the freezer for a few minutes and they’ll pop out easily.