There’s nothing better than taking something that’s old, haggard and about to end up in the garbage and making it new and exciting all over again. Especially if the project involves crayons!
The other day my boys and I were feeling a little crafty. I have also been feeling a little bit of the nesting bug so was thrilled when we came up with a project that would not only yield a delightful craft but also help momma by cleaning out the scraggly crayon box. That’s what I call a win-win situation.
My four and two year old eagerly helped me pick out the broken crayons. We removed the paper wrapping and assorted them by favorite color combinations in a non-stick cupcake pan.
They stood up at the counter and watched as I chopped up the crayons into little pieces. Their little helping hands scattered the crayon bits into the cups and we slid it into a 150* oven. With the oven-light on, so we could periodically check on the progress, we patiently waited for about 45 minutes until the crayon bits had sufficiently melted.
Don’t be alarmed if they look like one uniform color. Once you reverse them you will see all the beautiful colors that you worked so hard to coordinate.
I carefully removed the crayons from the oven and set it to cool. Being more impatient then my two young boys, I slid the slightly cooled cupcake tin into the freezer to speed up the cooling process.
Out popped our new crayons!
Confession time – I have a weakness for new crayons so really I don’t know who’s more excited about this project me or the boys. Regardless we had a fun making them and have been enjoying coloring with our wacky colored crayons.
Inspired by Martha Stewart Kids Magazine