Recycle Broken Crayons and Turn Them Into Super Crayons!
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.
- broken crayon pieces
- mini mufﬁn tin
Gather up all of your broken crayons
Put the tin with the melted wax in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
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