Here is an excellent way of recycling old waxed crayons or small crayon pieces that children no longer use.
- Waxed crayon pieces
- A miniature muffin tin (or other molds to create a variety of shapes)
- Non-stick cooking spray (PAM)
- Preheat oven to 250 °F.
- Remove the paper wrapping from the crayon pieces and sort them according to their color (shade).
- If you are using crayons that are still fairly long, ask children to help you cut them into pieces.
- Spray cooking spray in the muffin tin sections to prevent the wax from sticking to the surface. You can also choose to use paper liners, but they can be difficult to remove after baking.
- Divide the waxed crayon pieces among the muffin tin sections. You may choose to make recycled crayons using only one color per section, but combining the colors will create spectacular crayons that children will be even more attracted to.
- Set the muffin tin in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until wax is completely melted.
- Allow to cool completely before unmolding.
- Use your recycled crayons as you would use traditional crayons.
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