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Recycled Crayons Tutorial
Posted By Crystal Collins On September 19, 2012 @ 11:23 am In Organic and Green Living,Parenting | 8 Comments
Grab your bucket full of broken crayons and bring new life to an old favorite. This tutorial is the easiest way I have found to make recycled crayons. Some directions have you melt the wax first and then carefully pour it into molds. Well, that just sounded like a lot of trouble to me. So I picked out a silicone mold in the perfect shape to make triangular recycled crayons. You can use any other mold or pan that is made to go in the oven. I chose a triangular mold because I have a toddler who has a hard time keeping his crayons from rolling off the table. Perfect!
First, cover a cookie sheet with foil and preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the mold on top of the foil in the center of the sheet. This will catch any spilled wax.
Second, divide the broken crayons into bowls by color. I do this before removing the wrappers because sometimes the darker colors are very similar and the wrappers help me decipher between the blues and purples. Since there won’t be enough of one specific color to make a solid crayon I sort the crayons into color families. Remove the paper wrapper before placing the crayon in the bowl.
Next, chop each color group and place the pieces into the mold.
Then, place the mold into the oven (on the cookie sheet) for 15 minutes or until completely melted.
Finally, allow the recycled crayons to cool completely before carefully removing from the silicone mold.
Some notes from my experience:
Yea! I love reusing broken items in super simple recycling projects!
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