Introduction: MINI-MUFFIN CRAYONS... a New Life for Broken Crayons!

''''Broken crayons?!? Don't throw them away...MAKE OLD CRAYONS-NEW AGAIN! Up-cycle your broken crayons into MINI-MUFFIN SIZED CRAYONS. You will love the tie-dyed look and your young artists will love the mini-disc size---just right for small hands!

'Package in clear plastic bags and tie with a ribbon for clever, inexpensive birthday party favors!

Start the search--collect all your broken crayons from the bottom of the art drawer and from leftover boxes brought home from school...Enjoy this quick and fun activity with your kids.

Step 1: ITEMS YOU WILL NEED

-Oven- Preheated to 275 degrees
-Mini-muffin pan
-As many broken/unwanted crayons as you can find!
-Oven mitt
-Refrigerator- To cool melted crayons after "baking"
-Dish towel

Step 2: Remove the Paper Crayon Labels

-It may take several minutes to peel all the paper labels off the crayons. Many kids enjoy this activity. You may want to sort crayons by color as you remove the labels.

-This is also a good time to break any whole crayons into smaller pieces.

Step 3: ARRANGE THE BROKEN CRAYONS IN a MINI-MUFFIN TIN

-Fill the mini-muffin tin with the broken crayons. I suggest filling the cup up to the top since when the crayons melt, the volume will be less.

Try mixing colors for a swirled "tie-dye" look or make solid colors if you seem to have 100's of broken orange crayons!

Step 4: MELT THE CRAYONS

-Put on an oven mitt and place the mini-muffin tin in your pre-heated 275 degree oven.
-The crayons should be melted in about 10-13 minutes.
-Only an adult should remove the melted crayons from the oven! Carefully place the hot muffin tin on a heat resistant surface and let cool for about 25 minutes. Then place tin in your refrigerator or freezer for about 5-10 minutes. If you place in the refrigerator/freezer before cooled- the muffins may crack from the extreme temp. change.
-Invert the muffin tin onto a dish towel covered surface and the chilled mini-muffin sized crayons should fall right out. The dish towel lessens the surface impact as the crayons fall from the tin.

*Great way to use dull and broken crayons brought home by students at the end of the school year!

*Wrap the mini-muffin crayons in clear plastic bags and tie with a ribbon and use as birthday favors!

*Any muffin tin shape or oven safe candy mold will work for this easy project...just remember to monitor while "baking" if your pan/tin is smaller.

*Since crayons are non-toxic you should not have to worry about baking real muffins in your favorite tin.

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leggs2002 made it!(author)2014-02-12

I use a silicone baking mold for mine, did mostly single colors, came out super cute, kids in my 3rd grader's class will be getting these for Valentine's. seriously though, keep an eye on your crayons, different colors melt at different rates, and if you use silicone, like me, make sure you put a cookie sheet under it or risk spilling hot wax everywhere.

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SarahC324 made it!(author)2017-02-11

I'm doing the same thing. I have 2 2nd graders and we are making Valentine, Silicone-molded heart crayons. Do you know if it is less likely to crack, if using silicone molds?

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leggs2002 made it!(author)2017-04-01

Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I have had a lack of access to the internet. I lightly greased my pans so that they wouldn't stick and then pooped em in the fridge, the wax pulled itself from the edges after a few minutes and they popped out, no problems

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ChadA1 made it!(author)2015-02-07

Will this project rurin my pan

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lulu12328 made it!(author)2015-12-31

i suggest using cake cases it still works and it looks cool

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xavier+webb made it!(author)2016-05-05

Right

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xavier+webb made it!(author)2016-05-05

no

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xavier+webb made it!(author)2016-05-05

How is everyone going.

I am having a awesome day.

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xavier+webb made it!(author)2016-05-05

This is so cool

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Karissa-barr made it!(author)2016-04-07

Fun

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Mary-EllenS made it!(author)2016-02-03

A fun way to spend an afternoon with my sick daughter :)

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AnnaMarieD1 made it!(author)2015-10-04

I'm not sure if someone already posted this hint, but if you soak your crayons in a bucket of water, the wrappers will slide right off... just allow them to dry before you melt them.

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JenniferH146 made it!(author)2016-01-13

crap! why didn't I think of that?

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lulu12328 made it!(author)2015-12-31

its so fun

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tmulvey made it!(author)2012-10-25

I am having trouble getting them out of the mini muffin pans. Can anyone give me some ideas? Thanks!

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lulu12328 made it!(author)2015-12-31

try using cake cases it still works and it looks cool!

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MicahM made it!(author)2014-10-22

We just tried making these and had the same problem. We couldn't get the crayons out of the ramekins. My husband suggested we stick them in the freezer for awhile. We left them in there until they were frozen solid, the wax pulled away from the sides and they popped right out!

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harrietc1 made it!(author)2015-09-02

really cool but takes alot of time to peel the crayons

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lulu12328 made it!(author)2015-12-31

i agre - but its so worth it.

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lulu12328 made it!(author)2015-12-31

i spilt the crayons , so it was a waist of crayons, did this happen to anyone else????

It was a great idea though!

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harrietc1 made it!(author)2015-09-02

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mtcaw made it!(author)2014-11-23

To release the crayons from the muffin tins, I lined the tins with muffin liner,then peel the paper off or after they cooled place the pan in warm water to soften a bit then the crayons will come right out. Or freeze them they will come out that way too! this does work , just be creative!:)

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rozi3888 made it!(author)2015-08-31

I also do the liners :) works wonders

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rozi3888 made it!(author)2015-08-31

my 4 year old <3 to help mommy make these. simple to do to :)

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WhatsInT made it!(author)2015-08-28

how long do you bake them for

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swedishfish4ever made it!(author)2015-06-04

These are awesome, I used to make these as a kid, I have two second had muffin tins I use to make these, and I have two silicone muffin ones, a heart shaped and flower shaped one! IIam currently making them to donate to an organization that help children that are victims of sexual abuse and incest.

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ChadA1 made it!(author)2015-02-07

What if they don't turn out well what do I do.

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Hannah+RoseW made it!(author)2015-03-23

Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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orangemama13 made it!(author)2014-10-01

This may be a silly question, but do you use your everyday baking pan or do you have one that is exclusively used for crafts? I have some pans that I bake with, but am not sure if it's safe to use them for this and then bake with them again.

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bethann.rice.96 made it!(author)2015-02-05

crayons are non toxic, you can bake in them right after (I'd still wash them though)

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Vshears made it!(author)2014-05-12

where can I get the silicone molds fir a reasonable price

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mhuston1 made it!(author)2013-10-05

silicone pans have worked best for us in this project. our bug shaped cupcake pan gives us colorful ladybugs and butterflies that the kids adore

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Emma456 made it!(author)2010-05-02

Can you use cupcake liners?

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AlwaysAllTheTimeCrafting made it!(author)2012-07-05

Worth a try- I have not attempted that. So many cute liners are available- would be nice if that worked. Let me know if that works out!

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fragile.ecstasy made it!(author)2009-12-15

Could you do this with paper cupcake liners inside of the tin, or would it mess up the paper and/or permanently fuse it to the crayons? I want to do this for my daughter's birthday, and I have hundreds of those little liners I'd love to use up.

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AlwaysAllTheTimeCrafting made it!(author)2009-12-16

All of my cupcake liners are crimped/folded around the edges- not sure if the melted crayons would stick inside the folds- maybe your liners are different. 
I suggest you make the cupcake crayons without the liner and then when ready to package them (for gifts), place each one in a liner (then).  Good luck.

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fragile.ecstasy made it!(author)2009-12-18

does anyone know a good way to keep the larger side of this (the side that is on top in the pan) smooth? I noticed all the photos I can find of these here or in etsy/hyena shops show the pan side only, so maybe it isn't just me? I'm sure they'll smooth out with use, but is there anyway to have them come out level?

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kaylaangelkisses made it!(author)2012-05-05

I just finished, and I just melted them down for 13 minutes. I used a diffrent caryon for one and it didn't melt compleatly. Then I left it on the counter for 15 min like it said, and put it straight in the frezzer a.s.a.p and i left it in there for 40 min by acdent. Some broke but it was so smooth.

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ian7720 made it!(author)2009-12-23

Hey, I made a batch of these using the liners and they ended up working out fine. The reason I used them is because I was hoping they would be a little bit less messy, but in the end they really didn't seem to end up helping.

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kaylaangelkisses made it!(author)2012-05-05

Amazing! I've heard off this type of re-using before, but never tried it. In a couple hours, after i find some crayons, I will.

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robotguy4 made it!(author)2009-06-23

Could you make candles this way? Just add a wick?

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GummiBear made it!(author)2011-12-03

Yea but just let the crayons cool for a minute then poke the wick in when the top of the crayon looks solid and lightly press your finger or a toothpick or somethng to press the wax onto the crayon/candle

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thepelton made it!(author)2009-06-19

There are other varieties of muffin tins. I recall seeing one in cast Iron that made muffins the shape of corn cobs.

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animal+lover made it!(author)2011-11-23

cool, next holloween I'll buy bone shaped muffin tins to make these.

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drummgurl made it!(author)2011-10-31

I'm a recent art student graduate and this is a great idea for all my left over crayons! My boyfriend has two small nieces and I thought this would be a cute xmas gift...extremely pocket friendly :) Thanks for the share!!!

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lindsaylovescrayons made it!(author)2011-10-30

These Was Super Fun And Super Easy!!!! Had Great Results (:<3!

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TheHappyHomemaker made it!(author)2009-09-14

I just tried this a little while ago, and my results were great. I am getting a head start on Christmas, and thought this was the cutest idea, and an adorable stocking stuffer for my daughters. To package, I am going to cut the tall tops off of the transparent blue bags that our newspaper comes delivered in, and tie them off with decorative ribbon. Thanks again for the idea!

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AlwaysAllTheTimeCrafting made it!(author)2009-10-23

I'm giving some to my favorite Trick or Treaters~  Love your photo...

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hvansick made it!(author)2011-09-26

What a great idea!! I love giving something other than candy that is still fun to get on Halloween. :) They don't need any more sugar than they're already getting.

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2011-06-27

Good thinking. You think you could use chocolate molds to pour characters?

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