Do You Reuse Old Crayons?

If you have seen multi-coloured crayons on Pinterest, a blog or in someone’s home and haven’t tried making them yourself, it’s time to give it a go. Why? Because it’s very easy, children can take part in the project and the results are so pretty.

Here’s the simple how to:

Pre-heat your oven to 250C

1. Locate a muffin tin and line the depressions with regular sized or mini muffin papers. Collect your broken crayons, snap them into smaller pieces and group them by colour in your paper holders. You can put complimentary colours together (such as orange, yellow and red or blue and purple) or you can have a random collection of colours in one holder.

You can also melt the crayons directly into the muffin tins.  This would work best with an old muffin tin you aren’t using anymore.  You can also use silicone ice tray moulds in the shape of hearts or pineapple, for example. You can find reasonably priced ones at Ikea near the check-out counter.

2. Set your muffin tin in the oven and check it after ten minutes. When you are satisfied that the crayons have melted sufficiently, take the tin out of the oven. If a few of the pieces aren’t completely melted, this does not matter. The piece will set with the hot liquid surrounding it.

3. Once your child/children have had a chance to inspect the melted crayons, set your tin in an area safe from curious hands.  It won’t take too long for the melted wax to dry.

4. Your children will notice that one crayon will yield a rainbow of colours as they draw on their piece of paper.

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