Today I am going to share another “non-food” recipe, that goes with our “Back to School” spirit we’ve been in lately. These last few weeks have been consumed with finding our rhythm with our school schedule, my husband’s work, and my writing work. But this week we took out some time to take care of a bag full of broken crayons that I somehow had collected the last 4 years. I was amazed at how many we had! I didn’t want to throw them away, so I kept the bag, but the girls didn’t really like to use the little bits and pieces left. I saw very expensive “recycled crayons” at the store, and thought, “We could do that!” The crayons were swirled with different colors, which made them fun too.
I felt ours were a big success! We love how they turned out, and they are going to be part of the party favors for my little girl’s b-day party.
After reading different people’s methods, I decided to simplify the process as much as possible. I choose to cut up the crayons, and let my girls put them into an ovenproof mold. Then all I had to do was melt in the oven, cool, remove the new crayons and start the process over again. Some people use muffin tins for the mold, however, there are complaints that the regular size muffin tins make the crayons too large for little hands. I used a silicone Chocolate Flower Mold from Amazon, which I also plan on using for chocolate and homemade candies. A mini muffin pan could work too, I am sure. The other method would be to melt the crayons in a double boiler made out of a tin can, and then pour into chocolate molds.
What you need:
Crayons, peeled of all paper (we did this while watching a movie!)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Chop crayons into small pieces with a sharp knife. I put all of my pieces into muffin tins to keep the colors separate.
- Fill mold with crayon pieces.
- Place in oven to melt (about 5-7) minutes. Take out as soon as all of the crayon pieces are melted, otherwise they could burn.
- Let cool. (After they are cool to the touch, I place in the freezer for about 10 minutes to speed up the process). Remove and repeat as desired!
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