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''''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.
 
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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

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-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

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-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!
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mtcaw27 days ago

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!:)

tmulvey2 years ago
I am having trouble getting them out of the mini muffin pans. Can anyone give me some ideas? Thanks!
MicahM tmulvey1 month ago

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!

orangemama132 months ago

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.

Vshears7 months ago

where can I get the silicone molds fir a reasonable price

leggs2002 made it!10 months ago

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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mhuston11 year ago
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
Emma4564 years ago
Can you use cupcake liners?
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!
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.
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.
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?
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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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.
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.
robotguy45 years ago
Could you make candles this way? Just add a wick?
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
thepelton5 years ago
There are other varieties of muffin tins. I recall seeing one in cast Iron that made muffins the shape of corn cobs.
cool, next holloween I'll buy bone shaped muffin tins to make these.
drummgurl3 years ago
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!!!
These Was Super Fun And Super Easy!!!! Had Great Results (:<3!
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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I'm giving some to my favorite Trick or Treaters~  Love your photo...
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.
Mrballeng3 years ago
Good thinking. You think you could use chocolate molds to pour characters?
The kids and I have made this project a few times. Love it and so easy. Don't mix in washable crayons though, big mistake, they stay soft.
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drperez4 years ago
Great instructible! it was tons of fun with the kids. We asked their elementary school teachers for all their broken crayon bits and returned the new crayons back to the them. Also tried some using Ikea ice molds and being able to use the the oven was much easier than the microwave. Thanks!
I just tried this with my little brothers, who are 12 and 8. (I'm 18, and I loveeed this, it was fun) and we had a blast! But there are some things to add: --You can use lots of different kinds of crayons, we used glow-in-the-dark and sparkly crayons --We also used a regular sized muffin tin and doubled the cooking & cooling times --With the bigger tins, we learned that it was best to use only a few colors per tin or else they kinda swirl together to make a brown mess.
shinyegg5 years ago
Another cool idea is to heat up the broken crayons slowly in a mini toaster oven, then rub the tip over a smooth surface, like a rock. When the wax cools, you have a cool looking colored rock, kind of like ones you can buy in stores. They look really cool if you use more than one crayon or one of those multicolored crayons.
sallost5 years ago
this is a nice instructable. 1 little question, I stumbled upon this idea on a blog. Is it yours or are you a similar thinking person? Keep up the good work!
People have been doing this for forever.
canida5 years ago
Very nice! I was thinking these could make a fun and functional necklace - you just drill a hole in the center of each (or block a space when melting) and adding a piece of yarn or string.
mg0930mg canida5 years ago
Put a clearcoat or sealant on it, so it doesn't rub off on you. :)
I love the necklace Idea! maybe make a loose necklace with a big crayon pendant for impromptu coloring and no more crayons in the pockets when I do laundry! I love it! The author should really try that and and add it for some added variety....Portable crayons (that don't get laundered lol)
bubbles9835 years ago
yeah, i guess that these are pretty AMAZING!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! <3 i have sooo many old crayons and now i know exactly what to do with them! and then when they are ready, i can COLOR WITH THEM TO?!?!?!? AH-mazing!!!! great idea!!
ruthy nov5 years ago
something else to do with broken crayons: Cover an ironing surface with newspapr. Take a sheet of brown paper (or paper bag) and grate the crayosn on it. Play with the colors. Cover the grated crayons with another newspaper. Iron with a mild heat. It looks great and makes very good wrapping for a gift.
Cool idea! Will try and use as wrapping paper. When I was a kid, I used to put crayon shavings between two sheets of wax paper. Then I would "press" with a warm iron...the crayons shavings would melt and the colors would "spread" . Then I would cut out hearts or other shapes and hang in my bedroom window...looked like mini stained glass windows.
I should clarify...the two layers of wax paper and melted crayons would seal together as though laminated...No irons were damaged much to the concern of my mother!
L-O-V-E this idea! Your Instructable is easy to follow and very clear and detailed! Now I have something to do with all my broken crayons. I enjoyed your variation of a popular idea. Variations are the key to advancements, and furthering ideas. The larger size makes removing the newly melted crayons easier and very kid friendly. Again, I appreciate your creative variation because it is one that fits my artistic needs better then any of the others.
cool
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