This is a great way to give new life to your old and broken crayons, and it’s a fun activity for kids to help with! Melt down your own crayon pieces to make new crayons in the shape of little muffins.
What you need:
- Old crayons
- Muffin tin
- Oven preheated to 300 degrees F
Step 1: Collect old crayons
We chose broken crayons and ones we haven’t been using (since we seem to have about 5 different sets of crayons and barely use any of them)
Step 2: Remove paper from the crayons
This is not easy! “J” was not able to help with it at all, and I struggled with each crayon.
For some reason, the larger, toddler-sized crayons seem to have easier-to-remove paper, so use those crayons if you have them.
“J” enjoyed the job of breaking the crayons into smaller pieces.
Step 3: Put the crayons into a muffin pan
I was worried the crayons would get stuck in the muffin pan (they won’t!) or would make a mess in the pan (they didn’t!), so I used an old pan. You can rest assured they will not ruin your pan, but I still wouldn’t recommend melting crayons in your best pan. There was a little residue leftover afterwards, and it wasn’t easy to get out every last drop of it. Luckily, most crayons are non-toxic!
Step 4: Bake at 300 degrees F
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. When it’s ready, but your muffin pan into the oven and “bake” for about 15 minutes. I used a standard-size muffin pan and filled the cups about half-full. If you fill them higher, you may need to bake longer. If you use a mini-muffin pan, you may not need to bake for as long.
Step 5: Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes. Then put in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes
The crayons melted together to form pretty mixtures. Be careful that the kiddos don’t touch the hot pan or put their fingers in the melted hot wax!
Step 6: Pop the “muffins” out of the pan
When the muffins have cooled, remove from the refrigerator and pop them out of the pan. Two of the four we made popped right out, and two were more stubborn. To get those out, I loosed them on the edges a little with a butter knife and then banged on the back of the pan.
This is what we ended up with! The cracked one actually didn’t crack coming out of the pan — “J” thought they looked like little cakes and pretended to eat them, which is when it cracked. They draw great and are beautiful to look at! I think “J” will probably use them in his play kitchen more than he will draw with them, but at least they will get more use then our old crayon bits!