With three kids at home, over the years we’ve amassed a TON of broken crayons. Sure, they can still be used for their original purpose but somehow kids just don’t like using broken ones. They much prefer brand-spankin’ new ones. Not a big deal since we buy them in bulk during the back to school sales in late summer. But, what to do with all these broken crayons?
A while back, my wife melted down some of them and made new crayons out of them. She used muffin pans and cupcake liners, pouring the melted wax into the forms and letting them cool. They work alright and the kids thought they were pretty neat. But, it can take a bit of time since you want to only melt crayons of one color at a time.
Obviously, crayons are made of wax. Let’s think for a second. Is there anything I’ve mentioned on the blog here that would be a good use for wax?
Firestarters and buddy burners! Melt the crayons down and pour the wax into the lint filled egg cartons for firestarters. Pour it over the cardboard in your buddy burners. You don’t have to worry about matching colors of crayons, just melt ’em all together. Ours came out a funky shade of purple when we did this over the weekend.
What we used for melting the wax was an old soup can and a pot of water. Take all the paper off the crayons and break them up into small pieces. Fill your pot about 1/4 or so with water and heat it up. Keep it just under boiling. Put your can into the water and let it sit. You need to have the can fairly full of crayon pieces to weigh it down. It took about 5-7 minutes for the wax to fully melt. To stir it around, I just used a small twig with the bark removed. Use a hot pad or oven mitt to take the can out of the water as it will obviously be hot. Pour the wax directly from the can, then add more crayons and repeat the process if necessary.