If your home is anything like my childhood home was, you have more than a few broken and lackluster crayons hidden away in various drawers and craft/art boxes that no one uses, but that you just cannot bring yourself to throw out. Well, my own home was starting to acquire such a collection (thanks, in large part, to my darling toddler). What to do? Well, you could always recycle them into newer and more fabulous crayons!
I made mine multi-colored, but you could certainly color code the mold instead. Also, feel free to experiment with other shapes. I once saw a blog where a lady used this method to make heart-shaped crayons as Valentine's gifts for her son's class!
1) Gather up all the crayons, peel away every little shred of paper, and chop them up into little pieces (no too little, of course, or all of your new crayons will be brown/black!). I used one of my cheap flexible plastic cutting mats so that my bamboo board wouldn't get all waxy:
2) Fill the spaces of a silicone baking mold with the pieces. Don't be afraid to pile a little high, as it will melt down lower than you think. I didn't consider this, and so my crayons are a little thinner than I had hoped (they still work fine though)
3) Melt the crayons in a 250F oven for 15 minutes. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING FROM OVEN!!! Remember, this is a wobbly silicone pan full of hot melted wax. This should go without saying, but...well, you know how thoughtless some people can be!
4) Set the pan on a rack or wooden cutting board and let cool for at LEAST an hour. Please note that the tops will appear set within the first 20 minutes or so, but that the bottoms will still be quite the opposite! Once the crayons are set up, just pop them out. I set mine on a plate for a little while longer before testing them, as the bottoms will still be a little soft until they air dry. ENJOY!
My daughter loves how the color on the paper "magically changes" as she draws with these multi-hued creations!
In a nutshell, I am....a hippie-dippie; music craving; picture painting; story writing; kitchen loving; nature loving; vegetarian meal diggin'; OCD having; semi co-sleeping; non-spanking; big family wanting; homemaking; wife of a soldier; SAHM to the beautiful Lucy Rose!