Don't throw out little crayon stubs that are too small for the kids to hold on to. You can use them to create big, chunky crayons. We made multi-colored chunky crayons but you can make solid chunky crayons if you prefer. It does get stinky so be sure to use a vent or open a window if the smell of the melting crayons bothers you.
What You Need:
An old muffin tin
An old knife
Cupcake liners or aluminum foil
What to Do:
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
- Put cupcake liners in muffin tin or line the muffin tin with aluminum foil.
- Remove all paper from broken crayons. Then cut up broken crayons into small pieces with an old knife.
- Fill the muffin tin with an inch-thick layer of crayon pieces.
- Bake 10-20 minutes, or until the wax is melted. Baking time depends on how full the tins are and the brand of crayon -- so watch them carefully.
- Allow the tin to cool in freezer or fridge. Pop out the crayons.
I'm not sure where I first learned to do this project but it can be found in countless craft books and blogs. Photo is by Stephanie Felzenberg.