Making Crayons at Home

Homemade Crayons

Getting ready to purchase back to school supplies for your little ones?  The list may seem endless, or may consist of a few deemed “necessities” but there is no doubt that crayons made the cut.  While it may be important to you to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you simply cannot argue that there is something special about having a new box of crayons.  That rainbow of perfect points lined up in their box signifies everything magical about the first day of school.

So what to do with all the discarded stubs from last year?

How about recycling last year’s old crayons into this year’s new ones?  This simple recipe takes about 25 minutes, and is sure to delight kiddos of all ages (http://frugalliving.about.com/od/frugalfun/ht/Make_Crayons.htm):

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Cut all last year’s crayons into small pieces (the smaller the better).
  3. Fill a muffin tin lined with wax paper with the crayon pieces.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until melted.
  5. Allow to cool completely, then simply pop right out.
  6. Have fun coloring with your new color-creations.

And you can feel good about minimizing your mark on the world while challenging your little ones to leave a rainbow of strokes across theirs.

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