Okay, crayons get broken. That does not mean they are useless and should be thrown out. Would we do that with a chocolate bar? No, we would melt that sucker down and top our ice cream with it. It is time to take crayons to their second life. Making my own crayons is a family tradition that I did with my Mom-Mom and my Mom. As a child, I loved to color but to make my own crayons, Stop the Blender! William and I had a great time making crayons. Of course I turned it into a science lesson with a colorful reward. Now, hold your hand high and repeat: “I will never throw a crayon away again. It has a purpose and deserves a second chance!” Coloring brings out your inner-child! -AF
Create your own Crayons
Gather your used (or new) crayons. Take off the wrapped, seriously do this while watching the latest episode of Up All Night. It’s a little tedious, but worth it.
Two options here: (1) Use a butcher knife and chop the crayons into 1/2 inch pieces. (2) Have your munchkin get involved with breaking them up–great fine motor skills
Fill the tin or mold about half way with crayon pieces. Design your own color mixtures. We designed a cool camouflage heart with browns, greens, and tans.
Bake at 230 degrees until the crayons are melted, approximately 12-15 minutes.
Let the crayons cool and remove from tins/molds. Tip: if your crayons stick in the tins, place tin in freezer for an hour and the crayons will pop out.