Friday, October 28, 2011

what to do with all those broken crayons?

Melt them down and reshape them!

My youngest boy LOVES to color, but whenever one of his crayons break, he thinks it is garbage and doesn't ever color with it again. What a waste, right?! Today as I was helping him sort out all of the broken crayons, I had an idea to melt the unwanted (broken) crayons and make them into "new" crayons that would be fun to color with once again.

Here's what we did it....
First we took all the paper off of the crayons.
Then separated them into two empty soup cans, one for all the oranges, and the other for the black crayons.

I placed the two cans of crayons into a pot of boiling water. The crayons melted surprisingly fast!

After the crayons were melted, I poured them into a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter that I had placed into a disposable aluminum baking pan. I was a little skeptical of using a cookie cutter to shape the crayons, but it worked!

After our new pumpkin crayons had completely cooled down, we wrapped a couple of them up for some of his friends...such a fun little Halloween surprise!

And here is the final product.

I love the design that the crayons picked up for my disposable baking pan.

This is such a fun project that your kids are sure to love! Think of all the possibilities!!!

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  1. What a smart and cute idea! You are one creative young lady! I love your blog and always look forward to reading your latest post! :) :)

  2. Emily you are so creative! Cute idea! Martina

  3. This is such a cute idea! I bet his friends will just love it :)

  4. Emily -

    This a such a great idea! I have boat loads of broken crayons!! :)

    Your blog is precious, and you are clearly very talented and creative!!
    Your kitchen redo is amazing! Looks great!

    I will be checking back to see what you do next. :)

    Blessings - Sara

  5. I love how you recycled these crayons.


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