Friday, July 25, 2008

Recycling old crayons

Inspired by this craft idea from Make and Take, I decided to melt down a bunch of crayon stubs and create chunky little mini muffin-sized crayons with Z.

I removed the paper wrappers from myself, which is more difficult than I expected--perhaps because our old crayons had been stored outside in a hot garage. Then Z and I selected colors to mix together in a mini muffin tin sprayed with nonstick spray.

We baked the crayons at 275 for 7 minutes and let them harden up overnight.


The results are beautiful--some look like visions of outer space and others like lattes and sunsets. I think you could create pretty neat melted wax "paintings" by selecting the right colors and placing the crayon bits just so.