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Fun With Recycled Crayons: Making Old Crayons Into New

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So, if your crayons look anything like ours, you may have a big plastic bin of crayon pieces rather than whole crayons. We get new crayons at the beginning of the school year when stores have sales on school supplies. Crayons are one of the popular items, and each kid gets a new pack. It doesn't take long, however, before the nice new crayons turn into broken crayon pieces.

A few years ago, I showed the kids how we could recycle crayons and make new ones. And their love of "shaving crayons" began. They love to take the crayon pieces and shave them with a butter knife. They then save up the pieces for a chance for me to melt them down into new crayons.

Today they had a friend over, and they were explaining the crayon recycling. So, of course we had to do it and make some crayons to share with the friend. Here's a look at how we remade old crayons into some new, really cool crayons.


1. The kids dug around in our old crayon box and found some crayons that they wanted to combine and thought would look cool together.



2. They peeled the wrappers off of the crayons and broke them in to pieces.


3. We put the crayons into a muffin tin. The first time we tried, they only covered the bottom, and the really thin crayons were hard to get out of the tin. The second time, they filled the cups up about halfway, and it was much easier. Another thought I had- after the fact- was that it might have made for easier removal and clean up to line the muffin cups with cupcake wrappers.



4. I used the small convection oven. We set the oven to 275.


5. Lesson learned: don't set a timer. Keep an eye on them every few minutes. They'll begin to melt quickly,


6. After they were all the way melted, we pulled them out. Don't be deceived by the yucky looking melted colors. We were a little worried.  I put the pan in the fridge for about five minutes to harden the wax.


7. I loosened the edges with a butter knife and popped them out of the tin. I think the cupcake liner would have made this a little easier. But, with some work, I got them out. The finished products look much better on the bottom than on the top.


The girls were amazed at how, even though the tops looked like we didn't do a very good job, the bottoms were very pretty. (I'm sure there's a life lesson in there somewhere.)



All of the girls were pretty impressed with the finished crayons, and I was too. A question came up about how crayons are  made, so I searched YouTube and found this video of an old Mr. Rogers show that has a segment on how crayons are made. So we watched and learned.

Now, here's the short version of how to make recycled crayons so that you can make your own.




Have you ever made recycled crayons?


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