Sunday, January 6, 2013

DIY Baby Crayons Made From Your Old Crayons

The baby I look after is really interested in crayons.  We have approximately one billion crayons in our place, but none of them are chunky enough for a baby's tiny hands and all are far too skinny than I'm comfortable with (choking hazard!).  I'll be damned if I purchase another crayon so I decided to make my own chunky ones. We got Lego shaped crayons (!!!) and rock shaped crayons (!!!) for Christmas, so I'll admit I'm becoming a little obsessed with cutely shaped crayons.

Recycling old, overused, near-end-of-life crayons is easy to do.  Here's how to do it:

1.  Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.

2.  Gather your crayons.  Aias loves peeling the papers off crayons, so here you go:

Thankful to have a toddler that likes to do this...
  3.  Put your crayon bits in a muffin tin, preferably silicone so you can "pop" them out at the end.

Aias took great pride in sorting these by colour

4. Melt them in the over for about 10 minutes, or until they look like this:

Ooooh, shiny!

5.  Take them out, let them cool, and then pop them out!


A pyramid of crayons

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