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.