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Color Your World With Jumbo Crayons Made From Melted Broken Crayons

crayonstack.jpg We rounded up all the broken crayons in the house and melted them down last night to make some jumbo rainbow crayons. This project is easy and fun to do with kids.

If you want to make some of your own, here’s what you do:

1) Line an old muffin tin with cupcake wrappers and fill each about three quarters of the way with unwrapped, broken crayons. Mix up the colors as desired, or group like colors together.

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2) Melt the crayons in a 250-degree oven until the wax melts. It will take about 15 minutes. I could have let these go a little longer, but we were cutting it close to bedtime.

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3) Let the wax sit undisturbed until completely cool. Remove from tin and peel off the paper wrappers.

Then…

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Comment from Alessandra
Time: November 21, 2008, 5:13 pm

what a great idea!
it seems like a fun project, I can’t wait to try it!!
:o)

Comment from Jacqui
Time: November 21, 2008, 8:01 pm

That is so very cool. As a mother of 3 with a house full of old broken mixed up crayons, you have made my day!
Guess what my Sunday baking is going to be like now!

Comment from Turtle
Time: November 21, 2008, 8:43 pm

i’m so glad you showed that suggestion! I used to do this when i taught k/1st grades…recycle, reuse!!

Comment from Shelley Noble
Time: November 22, 2008, 12:29 am

So pretty, so fun!

Comment from Kristin
Time: November 22, 2008, 9:13 am

I’m so glad to see you can use the paper liners with these! My boys and I made these a while back and I didn not enjoy getting the crayon residue off my muffin pan!

Comment from MaryBeth
Time: November 22, 2008, 10:33 am

Awesome. I think this will be a project of Friday or Saturday! Thanks Jen!

Comment from E-J
Time: November 22, 2008, 2:16 pm

I have seen suggestions before for the basic idea of melting down crayons into new ones, but never this “cupcake” variation – it’s inspired! Those chunksters look like soooooooooo much fun to play with.

I really, really enjoy the CraftSanity podcast. It is so substantial, so full of insight and inspiration. It’s the audio equivalent of your jumbo crayons. :-)

Comment from Patty
Time: November 22, 2008, 4:39 pm

That is a great idea to do with the kiddos. I am a nanny for 3 of them, this will be a great rainy or snowy day project!!!

I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve your podcast so much. I have uploaded every single one and listen to them every day on the train to and from NYC. Its just fantastic:)

Comment from Emily
Time: November 22, 2008, 10:43 pm

I haven’t seen those since our kids were little! They make a great birthday gift for little friends, too: a few muffin crayons and a tablet/sketchpad in a drawstring bag made of a recycled something (shirt, bandana, etc.) or a scrap. What fun you and your Assistants have! Thankyou!

Comment from manon
Time: November 27, 2008, 7:30 pm

This is a great idea!

Here is my experience : make sure that your crayons are made of “almost only wax”. Our schools make us buy crayons that are made with wax and something else that appears to be plastic… They break less and are harder then usual crayons but they don’t melt like wax. I thought you’d like to know.

Thanks for showing us how you did them: they are gorgeous!

Comment from Heather
Time: December 1, 2008, 11:34 pm

I just made some of these tonight after searching for a cheap, creative Christmas gift for my two little cousins! After I took mine out of the oven, I let them set up a bit on the counter. Then, only out of pure desperation (I wanted to try ‘em out!) I stuck them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Plop! They came right out! I hope the kiddos like them… =)

Comment from kayveebee
Time: November 2, 2011, 1:30 pm

I’m doing this project as an activity for my daughter’s crayon themed birthday party. I wanted to test them out. I used three brands, and just as the earlier commenter stated, they crayons should be made of wax. Out of the three I used, (a hobby lobby brand, another generic brand, and crayola) crayola melted the fastest with the best consistency. I’m a speedy, so I heated my oven to 350 and baked the crayons for 5 min (crayola melted completely). I took them out to cool and harden.

The Hobby Lobby branded melted at about 50%, the other brand (can’t remember the name) did not melt at all, only softened.

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Time: November 11, 2013, 12:46 pm

Good way of describing, and good article to take data about my presentation topic, which
i am going to deliver in college.

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