A project I’ve been seeing around the net lately is: making new crayons from all your broken ones by melting them into a silicon baking mold. Of course, I had to give it a try. Basically, you:
- Gather all your old broken crayons, and break them into smaller pieces if needed
- Place them (in any combination you wish) into a silicon mold (the ones made for baking, not the ice cube trays)
- Bake at low temperature (less than 300° F) until the crayons are melted
- Let the mold cool completely before attempting to remove new, funky-shaped crayons
- Color, and enjoy!
My kids absolutely loved this project. There’s something irresistible about combining colors and wondering with high anticipation how they’ll turn out. And I’m crazy about any fun activity that takes something basically useless (broken crayons) and turns them into something cool.
I intend to do some more experimentation to find out if I get better results with lower temperatures and less time in the oven. I probably left ours in a little too long, since the intense colors sank to the bottom. But we were happy with the results anyhow.