We are working on Valentines gifts for my daughters pre-school class. Last week when I was cleaning I found about 100 broken crayons and I decided it was time to remake them into cute gifts. I also asked her teacher if she had any broken crayons she would like to see recycled, she has a huge bucket full.
To complete this project you will need:
Wooden sticks or dowel rods
Candy mold or ice cube trays
This project is fairly easy but involves hot wax (melted Crayons) and it takes a bit of time.
Step 1: Making Melting Pots
I use aluminum cans to melt the crayons in. The first thing I do is cut off the tops. You need enough so that they are packed tightly enough in the pot that they will not fall over, I used 8. The top cuts will be sharp.
Step 2: Sort the Crayons
This is the only step kids can help with. I tend to add a bit of color theory into this step. Asking questions like:
What 2 color crayons will mix together to make green?
If we mix red with white what color will we get?
You may want to remove the wrappers. I did not, so I had to fish them out of the melted wax. It is kinda six of one. If your helpers are game, I would remove the wrappers as you sort.
Step 3: Water Bath
Place the aluminum cans full of crayons into an old pan that has about an inch of water in it. If the cans do not have very much in them, they will float. This is a bit of a pain but the crayons inside will still melt.
The wax will get very hot, you never heat wax directly on the stove.
Step 4: Waiting
The crayons will melt at different rates, the yellow and brown melted first. Some of the inexpensive crayons never melted. You just have o fish them out or work around them.