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Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids

Growing up I was very particular about my crayons. I loved the box of 64 Crayola crayons with built-in sharpener and protected them with my life and a very specific set of rules. I kept them organized by colour, refused to allow people to colour “hard” with them (especially the metallic ones as they were very soft), and tried to use them evenly on all sides so that they were kept to a point at all times.

My children on the other hand, do not have the respect for crayons that I did; they love to break them. The snapping sound of a breaking crayon seems to send them into a violent rampage breaking all crayons in their path. Not liking anything to go to waste, I have found a use for all of these little bits of crayons laying around. We melted the bits down and made easy to hold chunky crayons. The process was very easy and rewarding for the kids as they were able to help with almost every step.

Here is a little tutorial the kids and I put together to help you make your own chunky crayons.

Materials:

  • broken crayon pieces
  • mini muffin tin

Step 1:
Gather up all of your broken crayons

Step 2
Take the paper wrappers off of all of the crayon pieces. I found scoring the paper with an x-acto knife made this step a lot easier.

Step 3
Break up your crayon pieces to fit the tins. The kids like mixing the colours in each little cup while I like sticking to one colour.

Step 4
Melt the crayon pieces in a 265 degree oven for 6-8 minutes — just until the crayons start to lose their shape.

Step 5
Put the tin with the melted wax in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Step 6
Pop the crayons out of the muffin tin and start colouring!

We LOVE these chunky crayons. I throw a couple of the multi-coloured ones in my purse with a little notebook and I have an activity for the kids should the need arise.

Krista Rao is a stay-at-home-mom of two. When she and the kids aren’t on some sort of craft mission, she’s making children’s items from reclaimed materials. Check out more of Krista’s adventures at Green Thimble.

Photos via Krisa Rao

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