In our house there are always a ton of used, broken and "the rest of these are gone" crayons.
Here's what you can do with them if you are in the same boat or if you are a teacher with an overflow of broken crayons at the end of the year.
You make crayon cakes! This is not only a great way to recycle crayons, these crayons are also super for little hands to hold because they are nice and big. If you are out of ideas or on a tight budget for party favors, then you can also wrap some of these in any type of see-thru or pretty paper, add a pretty label and place in a favor bag with some coloring pages that you can print from the internet.
This is what you do:
Use a small muffin or cupcake pan. Break or cut the crayons into tiny pieces, the smaller they are the quicker they will melt, I use my old grater, it works like a charm.
You can choose to keep the same colors together or you can mix the colors up as shown in the second picture for mixed color crayon cakes. It is great fun to draw with these!
Now place the pieces in the holders of the pan and pop them into the oven to melt at medium heat, not too warm. It will take about 30-45 minutes to melt. As soon as all the pieces are melted, remove the tray from the oven and leave it to cool down. You can speed this process up by placing the pan on ice. Once they have cooled down, use a sharp knife to loosen the edges, turn the pan upside down and hit the pan gently to loosen the bottom areas of the crayon cakes.
Make sure they are completely cooled down before use.
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