Tuesday, March 15, 2011

tutorial: diy crayons

The best thing about broken crayons at the bottom of your crayon box is making new ones! I had such a problem recently, and found several recipes online for melting and molding your own crayons. These crayons are easily held onto by toddlers, don't break easily, and there's no paper to tear off. Also, they can turn out so beautifully!

Materials needed:

  • crayons -- The number depends on how many new ones you want to make. You can use old, broken ones. Or, buy new ones! Either way, they have to end up "naked" (as my son calls them) and broken. Hmm, sounds like an analogy coming on... Anyway...
  • muffin tin -- I used an old mini muffin pan and it worked perfectly

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Take labels off crayons, and break the into pieces.
  3. Place crayon pieces into muffin tins. You can put like colors together, or contrast for fun.
  4. Melt crayons in oven for about 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool for at least an hour before popping them out of the pan.

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