Recycled Crayons

I mentioned in my Parties On a Budget Post (Part II) that you can make new crayons from old ones.  I tried it the other day and now that’s all I want to do!

I found a box of used crayons at a garage sale for $1.  It was a worthwhile expenditure since I’ve already gotten one birthday present out of the box, and we’re going to another birthday party this week.  

Here’s what I used: a cookie sheet, heart shaped cupcake pans (disposable), old crayons, and my oven.

Directions:

Peel the paper off and break the crayons into ~1/2 pieces. 

Fill shaped pans or cupcake tins or whatever with similar colors.  (I made primary-ish colors with a layer and 1/2.  In other words, there was enough to pretty much cover the bottom layer and a couple pieces on top of that to fill the gaps.   With the reds, I mixed pinks and light purples.  With the greens, I mixed light greens and dark greens.  With yellow, I mixed odd colors.  With the blues, I mixed light blues and dark purples.) 

Place in a 200 degree oven for 5 minutes (keep an eye on them) until they are melted. 

I used cupcake tins to mold new crayons from old ones
I used cupcake tins to mold new crayons from old ones

Pull them out of the oven and stir the crayons, but not too much. 

Place in the refrigerator for wax to cool (5 minutes did it for me).  And then pop them out. 

 Tips:

Use the same brand crayons for each color.  Different manufacturers use different wax or dyes or whatever, this makes their melting points different and might not yield the best results. 

Break off or use your potato peeler to shave off any unwanted stuff.  I was giving the present to a one year old and I didn’t want her eating that much fine wax. 

Have fun!  There is no right or wrong way to recycle crayons.

Whew…

Well, I’m back for now.  Forgive me for my silence.  It took me a while to figure out where all of my energy and ideas went.  I guess they all went to make a new baby.  I was 8 weeks along before I knew!  And, yes, that’s right #4 is on his/her way… arriving early Spring 2010.  My first trimesters are bearable, but they sap all of my energy.  Not to mention that we accomplished one of the biggest money saving feats EVER: our 3 year old boy is now potty trained!

It’s good to be back.  I’m still working on 30 for $300, but I think you could to it for way less (because we do!).   I’m going to still shoot for 3 posts/week, but please forgive me if I fall short of that :).

Coming soon: recycled crayons, homemade laundry detergent, and soups!

CnC