Don’t you get tired of throwing away money that you find in the bottom of your kids’ toy box? Not real cash, of course, but all those broken crayons! Scoop them up, throw them away, buy another set, watch as they get broken and thrown in the bottom of the toy box yet again. This time when you clean the toy box out, gather up those old crayons and turn them into new ones! You won’t need a magic wand; all you’ll need is some cupcake wrappers and old crayons.
There’s no end to how many times you can melt down crayons and reuse them. Once crayons get broken and dull at the ends kids tend to throw them aside, but after you learn how to make cupcake crayons, you’ll be able to give them those crayons over and over again, instead of buying more and more new ones!
Place cupcake wrappers into muffin tins and fill each one partially with broken crayons. First peel the paper off of each crayon then place it in the cup. The pieces will melt faster if they’re smaller, so if you want, break large crayons into smaller pieces. You can make each cupcake crayon a single color or mix similar colors. Leftover greens and blues can be melted together; leftover yellows, reds and oranges look great. But, you can also make unique crayons by adding a piece of this, a piece of that, to make crayons that change colors as they are used.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and set the muffin tin inside until the crayons are melted. Melting time varies according to your oven so keep a watchful eye on the crayons. When they’ve melted completely remove them. Allow them to cool and harden.
After the crayons are room temperature you can remove them from the cupcake wrappers. The crayons are large and chunky and easy for little hands to hold. Each crayon will last much longer than a regular one to provide hours of fun for a child.
When you make cupcake crayons you’ll save money overall. Not only do you recycle those old crayons that would normally go in the trash but you also furnish crayons that hold up for many hours. How can you lose?