Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Simple Cupcake Crayons

Preschoolers seem to attract crayons. This has resulted in Finn having an OVERFLOWING shoebox of crayons.  I sorted through and removed all the stubs and short broken crayons to recycle into cupcake crayons.  Now he has a slightly less full shoebox of regular crayons and six slightly swirly cupcake crayons.

How to DIY:

  • Line a muffin pan with foil or a double thickness of cupcake liners. (Note: The wax will likely melt through, so you probably want to use a pan that you reserve for non-food projects.)

  • Remove all the paper from your crayons.

  • Break into smaller pieces if needed.  I just broke them as small as I could with my fingers.  Most pieces were about an inch long or smaller.

  • Sort the pieces into the lined cups.  I sorted by color, but you could also mix for super swirly crayons.

  • Fill the cups to the top but don't overfill.

  • Melt in the oven at about 200-250 degrees F. I recommend setting a baking sheet under the muffin pan.  You really don't want to have to scrape melted crayon off your oven.

  • Check about every 10-15 minutes.  I let them cook until there were just a few solid chunks in the middle. Then I gently swirled them with toothpicks to sink the chunks and blend the colors.

  • When they are sufficiently melted, turn off the oven.  You can carefully remove them at this point or let them cool in the oven.  I didn't need my oven, so I let them cool in there overnight.

  • Once they've cooled completely you can remove the papers and color away. smile