Plain crayons are boring, tricky for little hands, and a freaking choking hazard (especially if your kid puts EVERYTHING in his or her mouth). If you don’t have any crayons, don’t worry. I didn’t have any crayons, so I just posted a request on Facebook. You know who has old crayons? Just about every person in the world (except me)… and they are all itching to get rid of them. So… start collecting!
You can make your new crayons as big or little as you want. You can even make different shapes. Some people like to get fancy with shaped silicone ice cube trays, candy mold, cookie cutters, etc… but today, we are just going to make some clunky crayons… so get out your muffin tin! I headed to the Dollar Tree and got some muffin tins. DON’T USE YOUR GOOD MUFFIN TINS! THEY WILL GET DESTROYED! You can get nice steel six hole muffin tins (pretty impressive for the dollar store) at Dollar Tree. I suggest getting a couple, so you can make more at a time. You can use paper or foil liners, if you want… or just spray the pan. I did it both ways and all of my crayons turned out fine. (The only advantage to the paper liners is that the excess wax from cheap crayons will leak through and end up making your new crayons a little nicer.)
You can sit at the table and spend hours peeling the paper off your crayons, or just chuck them in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes. For the most part, your crayons will slide out of the wrappers, or the paper will just peel ofF easily. (Out of about 300 crayons, I only had four that refused to let go of their paper wrappers.)
Once your crayons are naked, grab a crappy cutting board (maybe get one of these while you are at Dollar Tree, too) and a big knife (don’t worry… your knife will wash up nicely). Chop up your crayons. I cut mine into 1/4’s and 1/5’s. Toss your crayons in your muffin tins!
Bake at 275 degrees for 7-20 minutes, until crayons are melted. Bake time will depend on the brand of crayons. Once the wax is completely melted, CAREFULLY remove the tins from the oven. Let crayons cool over night… or let them cool for about 30 minutes on the stove and 20 minutes in the freezer. When crayons are cool, they will pop right out of your muffin tin, or easily peel out of your liners.
I made my crayons about the size of a Reese’s cup, which is the equivalent of 7 old crayons. You can make yours thicker, but I don’t recommend going too much thinner, as the crayons will easily break. You can stick to single colors, or make rainbow crayons. When you remove your crayons from the oven, you can give them a quick stir with a toothpick to create a swirl effect, or sprinkle with tiny pieces and shavings of other crayons. Leaving them plain is also a great option!