Monday, April 18, 2011

Melt your own Crayons

*A reader brought this to my attention....is it safe to use your muffin tin after melting the crayons? My thought is yes! I gave it a good scrubbing and even put it in the dishwasher to remove any last traces of wax. It came out clean as can be, so I have no fear in using it again. If you are worried, use your muffin liners before putting your crayons in to protect your pan. Good luck!


*Also, people have suggested to put the pan in the freezer to help get the wax out after melting. Probably a better method than my "bang the back of the pan as hard as you can" method!

So, you see my header? I didn't write "make" your own crayons...Nope.
I did something pretty normal the other day.
I melted some crayons.
I've seen this all over blogland and I never thought to try it...until my kids couldn't fit anymore crayons in our humongo crayon jar.
Something had to be done.
I went through and picked out all of the broken, too-small, nubby crayons and peeled off all the paper (the kids helped me with this).
Then, I separated all the different colors into my old, battered muffin tin.
And I stuck them in the oven at 240 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
Here's what we ended up with....


We had a very scientific method for getting the wax out of the tin cups...


I love the mixed colors. The kid have so much fun coloring with these...

My husband made the comment that it would have been easier to get the wax out if I had used muffin liners. That may have worked? I don't know...it would have put a cute crinkle on the edges...





Guess where we store this lovely stack of wax? In an old Crystal Light container! It fits PERFECTLY.


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14 comments:

  1. I did these not too long ago and a tip for getting them out of the pan is to put them in the freezer for a few minutes and they will come right out:)
    It's how you get wax out of candle holders too.

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  2. I will be doing this with my kids tomorrow! Thanks!

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  3. Love this idea!!! I'm thinking candy molds would be cute too!!

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  4. I like your very scientific method for getting them out. :) I have made some in muffin liners before and it does get the cute crinkly edge.

    Never thought to store in a crystal light tube! That IS perfect!

    I'm gearing up to make a bunch in an airplane candy mold for my baby's first birthday next month. :)

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  5. When I was growing up, we would put tiny pieces of crayon in between waxed paper and then iron it to make "stained glass" (make sure you have enough waxed paper so the crayon does not ooze out)then after it cools you can cut it into all kinds of shapes, and even punch a hole in it to hang it in front of the window.

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  6. BRILLIANT! I'm tucking this away in my rainy day activities file :)

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  7. I love this, and my kids and I have made them into different shapes. It's a great way to recycle some old broken crayons. These make great birthday party favors Too!

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  8. I've done this before and they are so great for young kids since they can't hold crayons that well yet. so FUN! cute blog too!

    I am your new follower!
    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  9. I am catching up on blogs and funny when I read this because I just made these last week with the Petersons' kids. I think someone else already mentioned this, but if you use silicone candy molds the crayons just pop out so easily, the freezer helps too. Target usually has them in the seasonal section, so you can get cute shapes for different holidays, like we did some candy cane crayons that were fun.

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  10. Would it be safe to use the muffin tin for actually making muffins after making these cute crayons?

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  11. Great idea! I just made these, and I went ahead and tried it with the liners. Personally, I don't care for how they came out in them. The crinkly edges chip off really easily, so they don't have the cute finished look that yours have. Also, wax still seeped through the liner and got into my muffin pan, so I'm still going to have to clean it. :) Oops...will definitely try this again without the liners.

    Thanks for the great ideas and tips!
    ~Teresa

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