Here’s a great way to use those old crayons – don’t just throw them away!  You can melt them and create mixed colors that look really pretty on paper.   These chunky rainbow-colored crayons are so much fun for little hands.  I just did this today, and Laynie loves them!  Here’s how to make them:

  1. First, take out the blacks, browns, grays, and dull colors from the rest of the brighter colored crayons.  These darker colors don’t really turn out so well in the “rainbow” mix.  Be sure to have a good balance of lighter and darker colors – I like to put about 2/3 lighter colors like yellow, orange, pink, lavender, etc. with about 1/3 darker colors like green, blue, and purple.
  2. Peel the wrappers off of the old crayons.  I took a paring knife and cut a slit lengthwise down the wrapper and they came off very easy.  Laynie helped me peel them, and this chore was done in 5 minutes.
  3. Put them in a large bag, and break them into small pieces.  I used our meat mallet!
  4. Using a muffin pan, fill each cup about ½ full with the broken crayons.
  5. Put them in a 300 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Most of the wax will be melted, but a few chunks may still remain.  They’ll finish melting even after you take them out.  If the crayons are too runny, they’ll mix together a little too much.  Be sure not to mix them!
  6. Allow them to cool until room temperature.
  7. Pop them out of the muffin pan and rinse with a little bit of soap and cool water to remove the oily cooking spray.  Pat dry.
  8. They’re ready to use!
*I’ve heard you can melt crayons in the microwave too, in small bathroom-sized paper cups.  I haven’t tried it myself, but I would assume it should work just as well.