Around our house we have tons of broken, tiny crayon pieces. Between kids, school, and small groups, our crayon needs seem to be never-ending. As we were cleaning up the playroom one afternoon I decided to go through all the crayons (we literally have buckets-full!) and throw away all the broken bits. Then my frugal brain kicked in and we decided it was a waste to throw what amounted to a huge pile of crayons away. I put the kids to work sorting crayons by color and then we decided to melt down and reform the crayon bits into something that was once again useable.
You can sort crayons by color or just make a mix of colors in one shape but here are the basics to once again get useable crayons from broken bits.
- Pre-heat your oven to 275°F.
- Line muffin tin (or any small shaped pan) with liners. This step isn’t necessary but will keep any of the crayon dyes from staining your pans.
- Fill muffin cups with crayons up to about 3/4 full. The actual size of the new crayon will be less. Try to make the tins equally filled to allow for the same cooking times.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes until all crayons are liquified. Time will vary depending on the size and content of your crayons.
- Let the crayons cool in the pan 1-2 hours until they are solidified.
- The crayons should drop right out of an inverted pan thanks to the wax in them.