Well I bet you didn’t think there were any uses for old, worn down crayons, now did you? This is a fun little rainy day activity since your kids will want to spend hours testing out their new giant multi-colored crayons. I guess first ask yourself, do you have the fridge space to hang all of these masterpieces? Anyway, you’re probably never going to have to buy crayons again after you learn how to make your own crayons.
- A mold: such as mini muffin tins but something you do not mind using for crafts and not food. Ikea ice cube trays are perfect for this project but remember to put a cookie sheet under them in the oven.
- Wax crayons in assorted colors
- Your oven
- Remove the paper wrappers from crayons and break them into small pieces. You can also use scented or glitter crayons
- Arrange the crayon pieces in the muffin pan
- Mix things up a bit: you can put similar colors together or make a bunch of a rainbow crayons. Let your kids decide how they want the crayons to come out
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until wax has completely melted. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool completely — overnight is best
- Once crayons have fully cooled, flip pan over and firmly tap each circle
- If some of the crayons don’t pop out easily, just place the pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes then try again.
- They should come out with minimal effort and leave no residue on your pan