Have you tried making rainbow melted crayons? It’s the best use I know of for all those broken odds and ends of crayons floating around in our craft supplies. And it turns something unexciting, old, and broken into something brand-new that the kids are excited about all over again!
First peel the paper off the crayons (if there is still any paper left!). It’s much easier to peel the paper if you dunk the crayons into water for a few minutes first. The kids will like helping to peel the crayons (and dunking the crayons into the water!). And adds in a bit of fine motor work, too.
While the crayons are soaking, you can choose the shape for your new crayons. You can use any oven-safe mold. Mini muffin tins are our standard melted crayon shape, but we use fun, oven-safe silicone molds also. In this post, you can see we used fish! Stars and hearts are also fun, especially for holidays.
Place the broken crayons into the molds – you may have to break the crayons more in order to fit the molds (I did here, for the fish tails). Then an adult should put the molds into the oven at 225 degrees. It depends on the size of your molds, and how many crayons you are melting, but I’ve found that it usually takes around 10 minutes for our crayons to melt.
Once the crayons are melted, an adult should carefully remove the mold from the oven. I say carefully because the hot wax is easy to spill! Then let your crayons harden (this will happen even faster if you stick them in the fridge – or outside if it’s a cold day).
I have to say that the fish were not my favorite shape – some of the tails broke off when I removed them from the mold. Luckily, you can just melt them again!
You can put all the same color of broken crayon bits together to form single color crayons – but we like mixing them all into rainbow crayons!