Wednesday, August 26, 2009

How to Make Broken Crayons New Again

There are many versions floating out there on the web on how to melt crayons to make new ones. Here's what we did one rainy day last week.

Step 1: Gather all the bits and pieces of old crayons you have lying around the house. Remove the paper from the crayons, spray a mini-muffin tin liberally with cooking spray, and place a few pieces of crayon in each muffin cup.

You can mix up the colors if you like, but Jacob preferred having them all sorted by color. He's an orderly boy.

Step 2: Place the mini-muffin tin in a preheated 250 degree oven until you see thay've all melted, about 15 minutes or so.

While waiting, you can paint:

Once melted, they should look smooth and shiny. This was taken after they'd cooled, and you can see a layer of the cooking spray on top. Hey, at least my pan was protected!

Step 3: Pop them in the freezer for a bit if you're in a rush. Once they have cooled sufficiently, turn over the muffin tin and they should fall right out.

Not only are these crayon discs perfectly sized for a toddler's hands, they are also excellent stacking blocks, according to the J-man.

Time to start coloring! I think the green one is my favorite.


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