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Recycled Crayons

What do you do with all the broken bits and scraps of crayons at the end of the box? Don’t throw them away... recycle them! Throw all the crayon pieces into a muffin tin and melt them into fun crayon building bricks that are a great art supply on their own. They also make a really cool party favor or addition to a prize box. The best news is that they hardly cost anything to make... now that's a great value!

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Gather up all of your broken crayons and peel off any paper wrappers.
  2. Pile the broken bits into a muffin pan, higher than the height of the pan's sides (see image below).
  3. Place the muffin pan in the oven, heated to 250º. Bake until fully melted, about 15 minutes (times may vary if you have used a mini muffin pan or a shaped pan — any oven safe dish will work). 
  4. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes on the countertop, then 10-15 minutes in the fridge or freezer.
  5. Lay out a towel on the counter and invert the muffin pan. Tap until the new crayon “muffins” drop out.