Tutorial: Kid Friendly Crayons

This is a super easy way to use up broken crayons – or new ones if you don’t have any broken ones laying around! This would make a great favor for a kids birthday party or include as part of a gift for a little kid (like I did).

Supplies

  • Crayons (I used a 64 pack and had lots of leftovers)
  • Muffin tin (one you don’t plan on using for food ever again)
  • Bowl with water

Directions

Step one: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

Step two: Soak your crayons in water. This will help you remove the paper. There are going to be a few crayons whose paper just won’t come off. I say leave them be and move on to the next crayon (this is supposed to be easy, people!)

Step three: Dry off your de-papered crayons and organize into groups of three. You can do all one colour or mix and match and have contrasting colours. I did a little of each.

Step four: break your crayons into smaller pieces and place in the muffin tin. The smaller you break the crayons the faster they will melt. Just try to keep them all about the same size for even melting. Continue with the rest of your crayons until you have filled your muffin tin, like so:

Step five: Place your muffin tin in the oven for 5-7min. YOU MUST WATCH YOUR CRAYONS CAREFULLY! Once they have melted they burn really quickly. I usually sit on the floor in front of the oven watching them melt. Once they are mostly liquid (it’s ok to have a few chunks), remove them from the oven and allow them to cool on the counter until you can touch the muffin tin.  Then place the muffin tin in the refrigerator for 5-10min.

Step six: Remove muffin tin from fridge and turn upside down over top of a dish towel to prevent crayon breakage. They should all just slide right now.

And voila! You have fun, colourful crayons that are easy for little hands to grab and hold on to.  It’s fun to try these in different shapes too – I’ve got a heart-shaped muffin tin that I never use (who needs heart-shaped muffins?) but I use them to make crayons for girls. My little niece got some for her second birthday last year and loved them. I’m sure you can find all sorts of shapes of muffin tins out there. Just remember if you are using it for the crayons, don’t use it for food again! The tin I used for the last batch of crayons I picked up at the thrift store for $0.99.

Let me know if you try these out!

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