I bet everyone is just like us – a big bag or container of some sort that has all those “old” crayons that aren’t used any more. Since crayons are one of those school supplies that the girls really like to have the pointy tip on as they get older and more detailed in their artwork, we tend to gain more old crayons each year. We decided to make new crayons from the old ones. We call them crayon cookies because they are small and round when made in an old muffin tin, looking like a cookie made of crayon.
We peeled the wrappers off and cut them into small chunks, about 1/2 inch long. We kept colors together so that the girls could have fun deciding what color combos to make. They then placed them into the molds that we decided to use – an old muffin tin, silicon heart shapes, silicon lego shapes, and silicon ice cream cones. Fill them up to just above the level you want them to come out at since they collapse as they melt and fill in the empty spaces between pieces.
We put them in a 250 degree F oven for 8 – 10 minutes, removing them when almost all of the crayon is melted. After allowing them to cool on the counter for a few minutes, we move them to the fridge to set for 10-15 minutes. Then we remove them from the molds.
The girls have been helping teach and monitor the Wednesday evening Bible classes this summer, once they restarted them. They plan to take these for the students as an end-of-summer goody. I also plan to place some of them in my Bible class treasure chest for my students to pick from when they earn enough stars and Bible stickers. (They have to get 10 stickers for a trip to the treasure chest. They get one for each time they attend Bible class and one for bringing their Bible.)
We used to make these a lot when the girls were younger. We would pair several of these crayons with a fun coloring book as a gift for a friend. We also would make them in different shapes to give as “thank you for coming” gifts at their birthday parties. When the older girls were in public school, we also sent them for the baggies that classes sent home at Halloween or Valentine’s day or some other holiday. There are lots of great ways to use these and it allows us to use up crayons that are just sitting around. What other uses can you think of for these?
Lori, At Home.