Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Making Chunky Crayons

Wednesday Projects to Do with Kids

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:

Broken crayons
An old muffin tin
An old knife
Cupcake liners or aluminum foil

What to Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Put cupcake liners in muffin tin or line the muffin tin with aluminum foil.
  3. Remove all paper from broken crayons. Then cut up broken crayons into small pieces with an old knife.
  4. Fill the muffin tin with an inch-thick layer of crayon pieces.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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