With thanks to my MIA internet connection for 3 days this past week I finally found the time to try a “melting crayon” project I’ve been meaning to get around to.

From the minute my son could hold a crayon in his hand he had an obsession with breaking them. He wasn’t fascinated with the way the color magically transferred from the stick in his hand to the paper underneath, but instead he thoroughly enjoyed snapping them into little pieces for me to clean up. And after numerous warnings and massive messes came the end of the crayon’s reign in our home. For nearly a year, boxes of broken crayons found a residual space on my counter next to the microwave with every intention of someday doing something eco-friendly with them. The day had finally come!

Melting Crayons Project

You will need:

->The pile of broken crayons
->A muffin tin
->An oven

Step 1: Tear all of the labels off of the broken crayon pieces.

[I had every intention of making an entire new set of cool disc-shaped crayons with whacky new colors but about 10 minutes into tearing off the labels, I decided just 3 would suffice.]

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Step 3: Add the broken chunks (break some pieces into even smaller pieces) and fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full.

Step 4: Bake for about 7-8 minutes or until they appear fully melted.

(I baked these for another 1 minute or so after this picture)

Step 5: Take out of the oven and let cool completely. Once they’re cool they slide right out.

Here’s the reality of these extremely cool looking discs… they’re difficult to color with at first because they’re so smooth. But with a little pressure and some wear they become functional.

Let’s be real, this project was more so for my curiosity than for his ability to actually color with them.

Ideas for other uses? Make little holes and hang them up as a wind chime? A crayon candle?

They’re pretty cool looking regardless and my little man got excited when they came out of the oven.