Make New Ones!
Do you have an abundance of broken crayons? We did. And my girls avoid broken crayons like the plague! They are always bringing them up to me – my 19 month old saying “Uh oh! Trash!” and my 3 year saying “I cannot use this mommy. It needs to go in the trash.” Sometimes, they break them just for fun. *sigh* The joys of motherhood….
I have been saving the broken crayons and was looking in to those crayon makers but they are really really expensive for what they do. I decided to do a little research and discovered that I can melt crayons in the oven! The only thing I needed to do was figure out a mold for them. Well, at my in-laws house the other day, the girls were coloring and one of the crayons is a circle. It was a favorite of theirs and a light went off in my head – a mini muffin pan!
So today I unwrapped all the broken crayons, spread them out in a mini-muffin pan, and “baked” them at 275 for about 10 minutes. Then I let them cool and put them in the fridge for about 20 minutes. They popped right out and are a ton of fun! My girls LOVE them!