I was cleaning out the twins art supply cupboard today (that had mysteriously spilled all over the house) … you know sorting pencils, markers, crayons and paints into containers and just generally organizing the mess that the kids had managed to make in there.

I almost filled a container with broken pieces of crayon.  It was crazy.  I'm not one to waste things and like to find a new use for them, and in the back of my mine I knew I'd come across a website a while ago that had done something with these, so after a little on-line searching of my bookmarked pages I finally found it. Hop, Skip and Jump.  This idea is pure genius.  She put all of the tiny pieces of crayons into muffin pans, popped them into the oven and turned them into brand new crayons for her kids.  This is another one of those ideas that I wish I'd thought of.

This is where we started.  A lovely container of crayons.

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Preheat the oven to about 250(F).  Take off all the wrappers, break any larger pieces in half and pop them into muffin pans:

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Bake for about 15 minutes.  The result will be melted crayon.  Don't worry if it looks like colored water with big globs of crayon in it.  I panicked a little but it was fine.  Put the tray into the freezer.  The crayons should be firm after about 30 minutes. 

And the finished result. 

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I'm going to keep any broken crayon pieces in a zip lock bag in the future so that I can continue doing this for the kids.  I'll get a little more creative though mixing colors and trying to make patterns.  I may even get more silicone baking cups in different shapes.  Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I saw heart shaped ones in the $1 section at Target last week.  I think I need to make a quick trip there tomorrow.

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13 comments

Rhea January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

I’m going to cook crayons today. I love it.

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Kat January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

I love this idea and every time I see it I want to try try it. Thanks for reminding me. It would make a perfect snowy day activity which we’ve been getting a lot of lately.

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Tismee2 January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Will you make a point of reminding me about this next time I sort out Alexander’s crayons? I know I will forget and just fling them.

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Barnes Yard January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

awesome, awesome, awesome, I’m so doing it!-Jill

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Sharlene January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Oh this is perfect for us because Ben breaks all the crayons every time I take them out.

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Mrs. Buck January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Such a great idea, and I bet you could make some really cool color combinations!

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danielle January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

I love this idea!!! I did this for all of Char’s friends for her birthday, and they came out so beautiful!!!

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Threeundertwo January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

I love these. The kids and I made them a while back. It’s a great way to use up crayons.I’m still looking for a way to use them in candles – I think you have to mix some % paraffin with some % crayons for it to work. Have you ever made candles?

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Erin January 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm

I love doing this! Even for myself! Its so much fun to color with fun shapes! What I did was bought 3 small 2 cup sauce pans from yard sales and it may take a bit longer too but then I would melt a few colors at a time and pour them into shaped candy molds. You know the plastic ones? Most of mine I bought from Michaels craft store. I have the Wilton brand candy molds and then I also have other ones that were made for making plaster molds and soaps. They both work perfect. The thicker molds work better than the tiny ones, obviously. They all looked really good though. I will take photos next time I make them!I look forward to being able to make little goody bags of them for Elijah. Yay for being a Mommy. Our silly fun crafts are finally be appreciated! 3erin

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The Eadle Family January 16, 2009 - 4:00 pm

That is really cool. Thanks for the idea!

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Procrastinator Crafter January 19, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Fantastic Idea!! I will be doing this one. Thanks!!

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Shannon July 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Yeah! Thanks for this tip – Guess I have a new project for tomorrow! Gotta love it! And these will at least be big enough that they wont break as easily this time around! Thanks T.

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Sharlene July 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hey what if you got one of those silcone ice trays that are long and skinny that you use for water bottles?

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