Tuesday, January 11, 2011

recycled crayons for chubby little fingers

Ever wonder what to do with all those broken crayon pieces? Pop them in the oven, melt them down and you have some brand new ones!

I have been wanting to give this a go for a while now and I am so glad I finally got around to it. It couldn't be an easier process, and the results are fantastic. The best part is that these crayons are actually much easier to manipulate when you have little chubby hands and fingers. Next time I might experiment with adding a bit of beeswax or essential oils to them to make them smell as delicious as they look.

Start combing through the kids craft area for crayon stubs and heat up the oven!

crayon stubs or crayons roughly chopped into 2-3 cm long pieces
(make sure to peel all paper off any of them)
a mini muffin tray (you can get these in all sorts or shapes and sizes)
foil for lining (if the tray isn't nonstick)

Preheat oven to 100˚C
Put the crayon pieces into the muffin cups in whatever colour combinations you choose (I used a non-stick muffin tray so I didn't need foil but if you are using a basic tray line each cup with foil)
Pop the tray into the oven for 20-25 minutes until they have completely melted into liquid form
Take the tray out carefully- trying not to spill from one cup into the next
Let it cool until they crayons are hard
Pop them out and they're ready. Start drawing!

xo m.


Emma said...

These are brilliant! I'm going to start saving all the little broken bits from now on :)

Ola said...

That is so cool! They look fantastic!

Kylie said...

They are great aren't they - so fun to make and use.

Laura said...

What a fantastic idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

madewithloveuk said...

Fantastic idea! Looking forward to doing this once my baby is at the crayoning stage!

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